“It is vitally important that we can continue to say, with absolute conviction, that organic farming delivers the highest quality, best-tasting food, produced without artificial chemicals or genetic modification, and with respect for animal welfare and the environment, while helping to maintain the landscape and rural communities.” – Prince Charles
As consumers, we have been conditioned to expect to get what we pay for. When it comes to organic food, you are paying for what is NOT there – this notion might be hard to wrap your brain around. “I am getting less but paying more?” Yes! But we need to look at paying for the value of a product; and not having pesticides and other harmful toxins in our food creates greater value. Therefore, we are paying a premium for the greater value of organic food (plus all of the other benefits to ourselves, the Earth, farmers and communities).
When you buy organic, consider the true value of your food. Here is what you are NOT getting with organics:
- A variety of pesticides, linked to cancer and hormone disruption (still detectable in 68% of food samples after being washed and/or peeled according to www.ewg.org)
- Organophosphate insecticides, highly toxic to the nervous system
- Fungicides linked to immune imbalances and developmental problems (even in prepared baby food)
- Over 75 different pesticide residues on a certain foods (namely, lettuce, bell peppers and cucumbers)
Still concerned about price? Here is an excellent guide to buying organic. It will allow you to prioritize and budget more efficiently by purchasing the most contaminated foods organic, and the least contaminated you can choose either conventional or organic. Where do you buy organic food? Check out this list of organic grocers across Canada to point you in the right direction. If your area is not listed, talk to your grocer about carrying organic foods and visit your local farmers market.
Set yourself up for success with honest answers to these simple questions:
- Looking at the guide to buying organic, what is most concerning about how I am eating now?
- What steps can I take to modify my grocery budget to buy more organic food?
- Who else can I share this info with that can benefit?
What revelations have you gained from looking at your current conventional vs. organic food intake? Share your inspiration below by posting a comment!