Eating organic food may cost a little more
If you’ve decided to give organic food a try, the first thing you may notice is the high price tag. Even though it’s better for you, the fact is, eating organic can put a serious dent in your wallet. Is it worth the cost? Let’s take a logical look at organic food and see what it has to offer.
Why Organic Food Costs More
All of this adds up into higher costs for you, the consumer. While some organic food labels just charge more because they know people will pay for it, the average producer is simply trying to stay in business. But is all of this extra money really worth it? First and foremost, you are paying for food that may be safer to eat. Some say you can’t really put a price on avoiding ingesting harmful chemicals. However, what if the money saved allows you to get a specialist doctor or lifesaving surgery later in life?
Many fertilizers and pesticides used in regular food have been found to cause cancer. If you look at the money you would spend treating cancer, suddenly, organic food that is treated with safer pesticides and herbicides doesn’t seem so expensive. Another example would be organic milk. I was watching 30 Days and the dairy farms they showed operated under conditions that turned my stomach. Cows stood in filth, the equipment can be dirty and often, packaging is not as sanitary as it could be.
Compare this with a free range organic dairy where cows are not forced to stand in small pens in their own filth. You won’t be drinking that and you’ll likely be happier knowing that the milk was harvested in a more humane manner. This is also true of organic meats where conditions for the animals are usually much better.
The bottom line is that organic food is generally healthier for you to eat. Can put a price on your health? Sure, you may be spending more right now, but you are also facing a lot less risk for developing chemical related illnesses down the road. When it comes to genetically modified foods that may not be entirely safe to eat, you can rest assured that your organic farmer is not using these potential harmful seeds or production methods. Organic food may not be perfect, but to the millions that buy it, it is well worth the cost.
Make the Most of your Organic Food Budget
I should mention that not all organic foods are the same. There are some fruits and vegetables that are more resistant to pesticides. One way to think about whether a fruit is susceptible, is to look at the skin. Fruits like apples have thin skin and people generally eat it. It doesn’t give you much protection from pesticides. However, avocados have a think shell-like skin that I don’t think people eat (maybe a few of you do). So you don’t have to guess, Foodnews.org has a list of susceptible foods. One might consider not using their money on organic avocados and instead putting the money on buying organic apples.
Sound off in the comments. Do you think that organic food is worth the cost?