Organic versus non-organic? So much controversy and sometimes I feel like we are left to fend for ourselves. What’s the right answer? Is organic all a scam? Or an incredible way to market products at a higher price point? I used to think that it was ok to buy some non-organic products and specifically produce because we have the great non-toxic Basic-H cleaner to wash away those nasty pesticides. Now not to say I don’t love my all natural non-toxic cleaner but I realized that it may be a better option to buy as much as you can organic. Why you might ask? Your probably thinking expensive right? Can’t afford it? Not convenient to shop for organic foods? Well after doing some research and reading some great books, I found that there are actually a lot of horrible things that go into our daily foods / non-organic that we have no idea about!
You may be wondering, ok I will go organic but why is the cost so expensive? I don’t blame you..I often wondered the same thing. So here it goes. I was enlightened by reading on of my books, “Green Goes With Everything” by Sloan Barnett on a few tips of why green is really green. You can check out more on the book on my resources page. Such a great read! So the farmers who produce organic fruits, meats and vegetables pay more for their initial costs. Organic seed is more expensive and the fact that organic farmers don’t spray the harsh chemicals and pesticides makes for their work much harder. Their time, energy and efforts far exceed the conventional farming, giving you better and safer foods. They have stricter regulations and requirements which in turn creates higher costs to the farmer. Also, the supply and demand plays a huge part in the costs. For example, when there is not enough of your organic cow’s milk available and they have to source it from another country, that is going to drive up the costs for your organic milk. A good rule of thumb as I’m sure many of you already know is to stick to knowing the dirty dozen when it comes to fruits and vegetables. A great website I found was organic.org providing a simple list of the most contaminated and non-contaminated fruits and vegetables. Here is a simple reminder of what to buy organic and what not to.
12 Most Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables – Peaches, Apples, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Pears, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce and Potatoes.
12 Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables – Onions, Avocado’s, Sweet Corn (Frozen), Pineapples, Mango, Asparagus, Sweet Peas (Frozen), Kiwi Fruit, Bananas, Cabbage, Broccoli and Papaya.
I have found that another quick and easy way to remember what is necessary to buy organic is, if it has a skin on it to eat, then you are better off buying organic. If it can be peeled then buying non-organic is usually fine. But I would still make sure to wash all fruits and vegetables with a natural non-toxic food cleaner due to so much bacteria through transporting produce and for any pesticides.
You may have already seen this video as it has been circulating all of social media but if you haven’t you need to watch it…I would love to hear your thoughts. I was stunned when I saw the results.
After I saw this video…it really changed my view to buy mostly organic when possible. Don’t mistake me, I still think Basic-H is the absolute best non-toxic cleaner for everything in your house and especially perfect for washing fruits and vegetables but I changed my outlook on the term organic when I saw this video. I realized just how important going all organic really is. Crazy video! I think they have some real evidence stating that going all organic isn’t such a bad thing..and in the long run, it is clearly the healthier option!
Here are some other great tips on going organic! Do it old school and start clipping coupons! Yes it may seem like a pain and a bit time consuming but it really does save in the end. Plus with most grocery stores now, they have a variety of organic products and produce that are generally always running sales. So look for what’s on sale and do your grocery shopping accordingly. You may have to get creative for your meal plan but once you get the hang of it, it really does become second nature! Before you know it you will be a pro and you will find out you are feeling healthier, living green and eating the most organic foods available.
Go local go local!! You can usually always find a farmers market, co-op or farms in your area for fresh organic food. Again, it may take a little bit of research on your part but once you find them it will be worth it! Farmers markets, co-ops or your local farms are a great way to pick and choose exactly what you want without hurting your wallet. Plus a lot of the farms deliver too! They are great ways to buy organic and save! Another option is to start your very own garden. Whether big or small, starting to grow your own herbs, fruits and vegetables is a simple and very affordable way to live and eat green. Gardens are a great way in knowing exactly how your food is being produced. We have found that composting is a great way to really see your garden produce things naturally and it saves on the extra trash around the house! You really can compost almost everything!
We are lucky to live in Colorado and have so many options for buying organic produce and foods. Of course I am like anyone else! I shop at easy, convenient grocery stores but I always look for the sale organic in most everything. I still think though that buying local is best whenever you can! You know where and how your produce and products are really being sourced. Plus it is better to support all of your local stores and community!
Here are some resources in the Colorado area to help you get started in eating green and buying organic on a budget!
Go green, clean and buy locally grown! Your body and the environment will thank you!
Cheers to living organically!