What we grew we ate and canned, or at least my mother canned in glass sealers. There was no plastic.There was sealing wax but no snap lids. There were no freezers. In some sense really the organic movement is archaic and a trip back in time.
The pianist and I went to the farmer's market and bought the most beautiful vegetables, full of sweetness, naturally grown by slim, healthy, bronzed people. What a pleasure. My daughter is an organic farmer and I understand the work it now entails to grow that kind of food in the scrupulous fashion that requires a diligence we never had to provide in the olden days. Certainly there were pests and diseases then but they were far less numerous, as I recall in contrast to today's environment.
When one is largely confined to eating what one can grow and preserve, the palate becomes limited. When you have been through all the eating styles and limitless choices over eight decades your palate may return to foods limited by choice to those locally grown. Though organic food grown locally may cost a bit more of necessity, we are so lucky to be able to return to food that is good for our organs.