I’m a huge advocate for eating organic. Buying food that has not been heavily sprayed with pesticides and herbicides makes me feel good. Choosing food that is free of growth hormones, and has been grown using environmentally sustainable farming practices, is important to me.
Reducing my exposure to toxins whenever possible has become an even bigger priority during pregnancy. When my baby finally arrives, I will do my best to keep their tiny and growing body free of unnecessary chemicals by opting for organic food whenever possible.
When faced with organic prices, that are sometimes double the price of conventional produce. Opting for organic food when we are trying to feed an entire family, can become a bit difficult.
Many of us understand the importance of going organic. The reality is, we sometimes feel limited because of the cost difference between conventional and organic food can be so significant.
The good news is through a bit of planning and preparation eating organic food can be affordable. Here are seven ways you can opt for organic food without having to break the bank.
Shop the clean 15 and dirty dozen
The Environmental Working Group has a list of the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. Print the list off and stick it on the fridge or in your wallet. Shopping accordingly will guide you on when you really need to spend the money on organic vegetables and fruit, and when you can save a bit by choosing conventional.
Find a delivery service
More and more home delivery services are being created that will deliver organic food directly to your front door for a fantastic price. Not only does this option give you the gift of organic, it also gives you the gift of time.
Plant a garden
Growing your own organic food is not only extremely rewarding but can be extra fun and educational when kids are involved. Start small with a couple of easy to grow plants. Many local health food stores sell organic seeds.
Buy in bulk and buy in season
Buying in bulk and in season will help to significantly reduce the cost. Spending less money on larger quantities that you can freeze or store will help keep your organic food cost down all year round.
Look for labels
Unlike foods that are labeled “natural” which can be basically anything and everything, food with the “organic” label must be certified organic. For more information on what to look for when shopping for organic food click here.
Some studies suggest that we throw out over 40 per cent of the food we buy. Shopping wisely and buying less, will leave even more money to invest in organics.
Thinking you are going to switch and go 100 per cent organic overnight is not very realistic. Start small by committing to following the clean fifteen and dirty dozen. Begin looking for other ways you can incorporate organic food into your weekly grocery shopping.
Choosing organic food is an important decision for the health of your family and the health of the planet. Don’t forget it’s the small steps that we take every day that turn into large, lifelong changes.
Do you eat organic now? What do you do to feed your family organic food and keep the costs down? Please share your ideas and thoughts below.