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Clear and Unbiased Facts About the Cost of Organic

“Every time you buy organic, you’re persuading more farmers to grow organic.”

MOTHER EARTH NEWS

The other day I was rushing around, trying to get everything I needed in Walmart before all my nerves ended up completely shot.

I can’t be the only one who gets anxiety while grocery shopping!

As I was having my mini meltdown, I was wondering why organic cost more than non organic. Was I doing this all wrong? What was I missing that others weren’t? Was I shopping at the wrong store? So I did what everyone else does. I googled it. Obviously. That’s what we all do these days, right?

How much more does organic produce cost?

Prices taken from Walmart

Why does organic cost more?

“On average, organic foods were 47 percent more expensive, but the range was huge.”

Consumer Reports

Simply put, you get what you pay for. Non organic produce grows quicker and in more abundance due to the use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), hormones, pesticides, and herbicides. So because there’s easily more produce, it’s cheaper. But is it worth putting those chemicals in your body?

How to find cheaper organic produce

  • Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season
  • Shop at Walmart (That’s right, Walmart.)
  • Find your local farmers markets (Ask if they are organic)
  • Use apps to help you find what you’re looking for. You’ll find a list of them here.
  • Take up gardening (You don’t need a yard. Just buy some pots and stick them out on your balcony or by a window. It’s crazy what you can grow in a small area! Just take a look at our little balcony garden…)
It doesn’t get much cheaper than this! Tomatoes, green beans, bell peppers, cilantro, garlic, and basil.

Quick Tip: Some organic food is CHEAPER than non organic food! For instance brown rice and some oatmeals. So keep an eye out for those.

What makes organic worth it?

So you pay a bit more but, for me, the lack of chemicals speak for themselves. It’s all about what you’re not putting into your body. By eating organic, you’re eating wholesome, nutritious food without having to worry about the consequences. It’s hard enough as it is to eat healthy. I for one, really don’t want to sit around wondering if my apple is slowly poisoning me.

“Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy.”

HelpGuide

In other words, not only would it be better for your body but you’d be supporting a cleaner earth. Find out what these chemicals are doing to bees and why pesticides are possibly the reason for their being on the endangered species list, here.

What is the price of a healthy life?

USDA Organic Symbol
Symbol taken from USDA

I could write a novel on why organic is better but I don’t have time for that! There are plenty of ways to fit organic into a budget. It just boils down to what the price of a healthy life is to you. You don’t have to buy top of the line organic for it to be the best. It only has to have a label like this symbol to the right. Certified USDA organic.

“‘Organic’ can be used to label any product that contains a minimum of 95 percent organic ingredients (excluding salt and water).”

USDA

What have you found helpful when buying organic? I’d love to hear about it! Any tips are more than welcome. Especially if it gets me out of the grocery store quicker…

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

NKJV

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