I use both organic and conventional with a few exceptions. Produce with skins like apple, cucumber, mango etc I try to buy organic (and fortunately I have my own apple tree) if I can only because I am uncomfortable with the shellac that is applied to a lot of conventional produce, which is derived from bugs. The thought of millions of bugs being bred and slaughtered to make a product (shellac has many industrial uses) is sobering. Though I am also aware that many organic growers use fish bones/meal and other animal derivatives to grow produce in. It's impossible to avoid all of it, but the shellac is fairly obvious (usually it is listed on conventional produce but not always).
Stuff like strawberries I also buy organic. I remember some time ago watching a documentary on conventional strawberry harvest and the workers picking the strawberries had to wear gloves and masks because the pesticides were so strong they would burn their skin otherwise. I don't know if that sort of thing still goes on but I wouldn't be surprised.
After growing your own garden of produce, when you do buy it from the store and eat it, it seems so tasteless and bland. I have had better luck at farmers markets with produce being more ripe and so on.
I would recommend no matter where you get your food, wash and prepare it well.
In the end, only kindness matters. - Jewel
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