Ways to Eat Affordable Organic Food

Today, more and more people choose organic foods over commercially produced ones. Since they are traditionally grown, organic produce are fresher, healthier, environment friendly and best of all, they are free of chemicals, preservatives and additives. Organic produce cost more than their commercially produced counterparts, but with a little creativity, it is definitely possible to eat more organic food without breaking the budget. Below are some ways on how to do so.

Buying locally: Local farmers will always have produce that are in season. Farmers often offer great prices for these, so you might want to take advantage of it.

Buying on bulk: Most health grocery stores often sell organic produce in bulk. These can offer big savings especially on items such as whole spices and herbs. You might want to stock up on those since they don’t expire. Yes, it may be impractical at first to buy a sack of organic brown rice, but if you eat it frequently, you will be surprised to see your savings once you computer how much the cost is per serving. You can also buy fresh organic produce like fresh fruits in bulk and make preserves and jams.

Prioritizing what organic food to buy: Unknown to many, there are certain foods that are more likely to contain harmful residues of fertilizers and pesticides. Meat and dairy products such as butter are some examples of these. If you’re in a tight budget, it is better to buy organic meats and organic dairy products than organic produce. You can wash fruits and vegetables, but you can’t do that with a stick of butter or cheese.

Eating more vegetables: Organic vegetables are much cheaper than organic meats. If you eat more organic grains and vegetables than organic meats, you’ll naturally spend much less. Limiting your meat intake is not only healthy for your body, it is also healthy for your wallet as well.

Growing your own vegetables: If growing a mini farm seems overwhelming, just start with herbs and small produce such as tomatoes and chilis. Encourage your kids to help you to make it more fun.

The Food Industry and Your Health

Of all natural laws, nutrition is perhaps the least understood and most often violated. While universities and colleges offer courses in this subject, the giant food industry dominates them. The food industry is a highly organized and complex global collective of diverse businesses that together supply much of the food energy consumed by the world population. They can see to it that the textbooks for courses in nutrition are keyed to their products, textbooks that tell the students of nutrition to beware of the “food faddist.” They ridicule organically grown foods and claim that there’s no harm in the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. They describe the mass produced, devitalized dead foods distributed through supermarkets around the world as wonderful inventions of food science.

The food industry is not working in the interest of your health. We need to stop corrupt politicians and power brokers in their corrupt vested interest practices and bring them to justice, but until we do there is something you can do right now: Think more carefully about the food you put into your body. Vote with your purchases, buy organic and buy healthy.

Here are five more reasons to buy organic foods: They taste much better. They give added value to a healthy and balanced diet. Organic fruits and vegetables aren’t covered in pesticides. Non-organic fruit and vegetables are and not all of it washes off. Even though the food industry claims that there’s no health risk from pesticide traces, wouldn’t you rather feed you and your family food that’s pesticide free? Food additives are not permitted in organic foods. There are no preservatives, stabilizers, hydrogenated fats, flavor enhancers, artificial colors, or sweeteners. There are no pesticides in organic milk, no hidden starches in organic baby food, and no residual antibiotics, growth hormones or BSE in organic meat. Buying organic foods helps the environment. Organic farming is an important way to keep ecosystems and rural communities healthy and alive.