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    We recently "splurged" (aka spent more than usual) to buy some organic brocolli and green beans at Costco. Our goal is to move entirely to orgnaic and grass fed, but finances are tighter than we'd like. In any case, we have tried both these out this week and can smell and taste the difference! It makes me wonder, have the pesticide filled, GMO veggies turned many children off to veggies? This brocolli tasted like it had butter in it, and was prepared exactly the same way as the conventional version.

    My kids have never shied away from their veggies, so they aren't a very good test market. But I have to wonder if kids would eat more veggies if supplied with real food that hadn't been tampered with. Thoughts?

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    We eat a wide variety of organic and non-organic fruit and veggies from the local grocery, Costco and Whole Foods. In general, I'd say the organics from the grocery are a gamble. Everything from Costco and Whole Foods is usually good. I recently bought organic celery at WF though that was NASTY, so bitter I threw most of it into the compost. I love celery. It's one of my favorite snacks for days when dinner time can't come soon enough. The tastiest is conventional from my local grocery.

    Have you tried conventional broccoli and green beans from Costco? They may just source better stuff for all their veggies.
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    • #3
      Pretty sure most blind taste tests would indicate most people can't tell the difference if they are both same level of freshness. In my experience though.. organic food has a higher chance of being at peak point for taste. Not sure why.. maybe since they cost more money and often in smaller quantities it is easier or more valued by the companies to make sure they are in better condition?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
        It makes me wonder, have the pesticide filled, GMO veggies turned many children off to veggies? This brocolli tasted like it had butter in it, and was prepared exactly the same way as the conventional version.
        FWIW, the only GMO fruits/vegetables found in the US currently are zucchini, papaya and beets.
        Genetically modified crops - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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        • #5
          Originally posted by specsAreGrok View Post
          FWIW, the only GMO fruits/vegetables found in the US currently are zucchini, papaya and beets.
          Genetically modified crops - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          Not going to trust wikipedia on that one. Corn goes to the top of the list as GMO. If it were true that few things were GMO then the big companies wouldn't be so opposed to labeling what is and isn't.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
            Not going to trust wikipedia on that one. Corn goes to the top of the list as GMO. If it were true that few things were GMO then the big companies wouldn't be so opposed to labeling what is and isn't.
            Well, I wasn't including corn as a fruit/vegetable as it is a grain, which is why I bolded fruits/vegetables. The primal blueprint suggestions of avoiding grains/legumes avoids near all the GMO crops available. They are opposed to labeling because most of those processed products include grains. But you aren't gonna run into them if you are buying fresh broccoli, neither conventional or organic. As to wiki being reliable, find one not on the list other than round-up ready cocaine.

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            • #7
              I never liked bananas growing up because we always bought the conventional ones. I tried an organic banana and can't get enough. I no longer care for conventional apples either...veggies I haven't noticed a huge difference with to be honest, but if I can afford organic I do it anyways. Sweet potatoes though, organic is out of this world.

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              • #8
                They might taste a little more flavorful but I don't think kids will be grabbing their asparagus like cookies or anything. There's not much difference in taste.
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                • #9
                  I think the organic vegetables are fresher, maybe that's why. By now I've read so much about altered crops I steer clear of all of them. The GMO are by far the worst, but the U.S. has been hybredizing (aka improving) our crops since the 1850's. I'd like to be able to get heritage varieties of everything, but that seems to be impossible unless you're in a sharing group. I grew some heritage tomatoes last year and the difference in taste was amazing.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
                    My kids have never shied away from their veggies, so they aren't a very good test market. But I have to wonder if kids would eat more veggies if supplied with real food that hadn't been tampered with. Thoughts?
                    Kids will eat more veggies if they don't have their taste preferences destroyed by overexposure to sugar.
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                    • #11
                      Funny, I just had a conversation with my 16 year old son this morning. He can taste a difference in organic produce over non~organic.

                      I asked him if he thought it was just our minds playing tricks on us because it's label sais "organic".........he said "no way mom, it really does taste better. There's a huge difference."

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                      • #12
                        The only fruit I really notice a difference in is tomato. I figured it was probably because not only are factory tomatoes sprayed, but they have been bred over the years to withstand long shipping distances, so they're not as juicy. Someone on this board also told me that they are force ripened. The organic are less uniform and a brighter color, and the taste is close to what I remember from when I was young.

                        Oh, and last year I got some organic strawberries that were so good I wanted to get on my knees to the strawberry goddess. Factory strawberries are another fruit that is forced ripened, which is why even if the outside appears a beautiful red, the inside might be pink or even close to white - not tasty.

                        Other than those two, I can't really taste the difference between organic and non-organic fruits and veggies.

                        ETA: Not sure if this is true, but I think children have more sensitive taste buds than adults, which is why we sometimes talk about 'developing a taste' for something.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
                          We recently "splurged" (aka spent more than usual) to buy some organic brocolli and green beans at Costco. Our goal is to move entirely to orgnaic and grass fed, but finances are tighter than we'd like. In any case, we have tried both these out this week and can smell and taste the difference! It makes me wonder, have the pesticide filled, GMO veggies turned many children off to veggies? This brocolli tasted like it had butter in it, and was prepared exactly the same way as the conventional version.

                          My kids have never shied away from their veggies, so they aren't a very good test market. But I have to wonder if kids would eat more veggies if supplied with real food that hadn't been tampered with. Thoughts?
                          Man, let me tell you. I live in the corn belt USA. The ANIMALS won't even touch this shit. You're right on the money. Got any space around the house? Plant some things for your own. Afraid to start from seed? Go to any store in the spring and buy some plants ready to put in the ground. Doesn't take a lot of space to grow a tomato bush, couple heads of broccoli and some carrots. Trust me, then you'll REALLY taste the difference. I can't even eat organic things with a crap ton of seasoning.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by statikcat View Post
                            Pretty sure most blind taste tests would indicate most people can't tell the difference if they are both same level of freshness. In my experience though.. organic food has a higher chance of being at peak point for taste. Not sure why.. maybe since they cost more money and often in smaller quantities it is easier or more valued by the companies to make sure they are in better condition?
                            No, it's because conventional produce has been picked green and force ripened. All the pesticides do change the tastes. And no, they are not the same level of freshness.
                            The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gladmorning View Post
                              Man, let me tell you. I live in the corn belt USA. The ANIMALS won't even touch this shit. You're right on the money. Got any space around the house? Plant some things for your own. Afraid to start from seed? Go to any store in the spring and buy some plants ready to put in the ground. Doesn't take a lot of space to grow a tomato bush, couple heads of broccoli and some carrots. Trust me, then you'll REALLY taste the difference. I can't even eat organic things with a crap ton of seasoning.

                              ~Grow Gardens, Not Lawns.
                              We attempted a garden last year but it didn't turn out very well. We moved in November and I'd like to try again this year. But I have no idea what my yard will look like in terms of sun once the (tons of) trees fill in with leaves. So I'll get a late start, but I'm hoping to plant something. I also plan to start an herb garden in pots that can be brought in for the winter. We have also been getting CSA produce delivered the last 6 weeks or so and the spinach, carrots, and other things taste a lot sweeter than store bought stuff!

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