So, I've tried to do my homework, but I'm still a little unclear. When do you think it's worth spending the extra money on organic items? It's not as if the organic produce in the tiny section of the produce department in my supermarket looks all that healthy. The items looks undersized, drab, wilted, and the quantities and selection are downright discouraging.
But what I need to know is stuff like carrots. Is an organic carrot going to be healthier than a conventionally grown carrot? I always figured that the leafy top part is where they applied the pesticides, so while I try to buy organic celery, I don't spend the extra money on organic carrots.
And free-range vs. air-dried vs. natural vs. smart chicken? (Do I want to eat a smarter chicken??) I've not been able to detect a single bit of difference in flavor between the "natural" whole chicken that costs me $4 compared to the air-dried, organic "smart" chicken which sells for $12. Or is it that I'm not eating the hormones? Or is it that the free-range chickens live a happier life before they are slaughtered that is supposed to induce me into paying 3 times the price?
It's just all so very, very confusing. Help me figure it out. What items do you buy that are organic, and why? And can you really taste the difference?