The dirty truth
Behind some of our favourite ‘healthy’ snacks there lies a dark secret. Many of them contain high levels of chemicals, including pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. Although these may not be immediately harmful, the long-term effect of these chemicals on our bodies and the environment is largely unknown. We think this is reason enough to switch to organic – not only for our health, but for the greater good.
Why are so many people still not buying organic?
Perhaps the biggest turn-off for many when switching to organic is the price tag. On average, organic food is 20-40 percent more expensive than its non-organic equivalent. But of course, where there’s a will there’s a way. Below are some methods for reducing the cost of buying organic, without breaking the bank.
1) Create a food plan and budget
This is one of the most useful ways of keeping your budget as low as possible. Planning your meals and keeping track of how much cash you have to spend on food each week will stop you overspending on non-essentials and can lower the amount of food you waste. It will keep you super organised too – bonus!
2) Shop around for the best prices
As with any bargain hunting, shopping around for the best price is a must. Some big grocery stores even have their own organic food brands, shaving valuable pennies off your shopping trip. And remember to check out the sale aisle. There’s bound to be some organic bargains to bag even if they have seen better days. There are countless recipes you can make with fruit that is nearly past its best. See a couple of my favorites here.
3) Get to know your local farmers’ markets and fruit stalls
Without a doubt, shopping at local fruit stalls and farmers’ markets can save you money and help to support local businesses in your area. Fresh fruit stalls and markets always have amazing offers and the food is super fresh! Regularly visiting the markets to buy your fruit and veg also means you are not paying for any fancy packaging or brand names. It keeps your food cost to a minimum, giving you even more cash to put towards organic, good quality produce. And of course, it’s better for the environment.
You could also share in a community supported farm that delivers fresh produce directly to your house. A typical “share” is five to 10 pounds of produce a week.
4) Rope your friends into shopping organic too
By joining up with your friends you can buy organic products in bulk, getting you a cheaper deal and helping your friends and family to become healthy along the way! What’s not to love.
5) Grow your own
Another very cost-effective way to eat organic without breaking the bank is to grow your own food at home. Certain fruit and vegetables, such as asparagus, rhubarb and kale, are relatively easy to grow yourself. This way you are able to have fresh organic food without spending a penny – well, maybe a few pennies on seeds and tools. You never know, green fingers may be your newfound hobby!
On the surface, switching to organic can seem like a daunting task. But with a couple of small changes, you will be able to eat organic food every day without breaking the bank. Shopping smart means organic food is accessible to everyone, and it is definitely worth every single penny.