I say you can’t afford Not to. However, to answer the question, you can afford to eat organic, even on a budget. One option that is always affordable is your local farmers markets. There you have a choice of local and organic. And to be honest, I find that in most cases the prices are lower or equal to the local chain grocery stores.
I know that eating organic sounds like a luxury to most. And I know it’s not the norm, and we do hate change. But I think it’s really important to be open to this change because your life depends on it. Even the medical community is realizing that we are at risk from the pesticides and additives that are found in our food today.
This is from Prevention News “…organizations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the President’s Cancer Panel encourage us to reduce our exposure to everything from pesticides to artificial growth hormones, the fact is that we should all be able to feed our families foods that are free-from additives that are increasingly being shown to cause harm.”
Most stores today are adding some type of organic line of food, whether it’s their own brand or those that are stamped “USDA Organic.” You can also save money by becoming a member of a local farm. I guess you may ask, where am I going to find a local farm? I’m glad you asked. 🙂
The Organic Consumers Association http://organicconsumers.org/btc/BuyingGuide.cfm is probably one of the best sources for everything organic and sustainable. They have a Green People directory of green and organic businesses by zip code. They also have an organic buying club, The Green Polka Dot Box, offering organic and Non GMO foods. http://www.greenpolkadotbox.com/
Eat Well Guide is an excellent resource for local, sustainable and organic food. Just type in your zip code and you get a listing for farms or markets near you. http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home
Local Harvest is another excellent resource that will connect you to farms and farmers markets in your area. http://www.localharvest.org/
Become a member of a CSA, that’s Community Supported Agriculture. This is really cool. You get to visit the farm at least once a season. You also can develop a relationship with the farmer and get insight on how your food is grown. Great for families with children.
Local Harvest can direct you to a local CSA. The farmer offers a certain number of “shares,” usually a box of fruits and vegetables. You purchase a share, like a membership or subscription, and you receive a box, bag or basket of seasonal produce.
When we buy direct from a family farm we are actually helping the environment. Maybe we can help change this horrible trend we see taking place with chemical agriculture and GMOs; the poisoning of our soil and water. We will also be strengthening our communities by sustaining the local economy.
There are community gardens, usually a donated piece of land to be used for gardening. This would allow for kids to also get involved in helping to provide nutritious food and a little exercise too. firstname.lastname@example.org
Also check out Second Story gardens, @www.facebook.com/SecondStoryGardens. This shows an example of community gardens utilizing the public school’s space for growing food.
There are many options to eating organic. You just have to find what works for you. And you know it’s really not a case of should you eat organic. The fact is, if you don’t, you and your family are at risk. GMOs are a real threat, pesticides and additives are too. You must avoid them.
Here are more reasons to eat organic:
- Organic foods, especially raw or non-processed, contain higher levels of beta carotene, vitamins C, D and E, health-promoting polyphenols, cancer-fighting antioxidants, flavonoids that help ward off heart disease, essential fatty acids, and essential minerals. http://organicconsumers.org/organlink.cfm
GMO foods that are genetically engineering do not provide adequate nutrition and they cause harm.
Start growing your own. There are many options to this choice. But before you do, check out this amazing video, called “Back to Eden.” http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/. Awesome!!!
I use a company called “Nature’s Garden Express.” I receive a box of organic fruits and vegetables of my choosing, every two weeks. I pay only $45 a box and it really lasts. Because I’m getting all the nutrition I need, I eat less and get filled quicker, its real food. It tastes better too. https://www.naturesgardenexpress.com/invites.php
When I do shop,that I find I save more money than I spend, even though organic may cost a little more. I save by passing by all that GMO, processed, pesticide filled food that’s on sale. I buy less, but I get more. More vitamins and nutrients, and more opportunities to be creative. Try it!!!
Sharing is caring. I really care and I pray that we can start to eat our way to better health by saying No to GMO.