Organic Options

Many people struggle with the amount of money they pay for organic foods. Personally, I can't afford to go all organic.

Be Smart

Let's assume you are like me, and can't afford to buy all organic. Here's some tips:

  • Buy organic foods that you eat most often and that, after you've done your research, you know have high pesticide levels or other nasties.
  • Check out the organic section of the produce aisle first. Sometimes it's just as cheap or cheaper than regular produce if there's a sale.
  • Find out if there is an Organic Farmer's Market in your area. They will usually sell things cheaper than grocery or health food stores.
  • Use common sense. Some products are harder to guarantee as organic, so even if it says organic, it just means they've met the guidelines to use that label. For example, organic honey. Honey can be called organic if the bee farm is a minimum distance away from other places that use pesticides. Those must be some well-trained bees to know not to go any further than their boundaries!

As a starting point, look at "Smart Picks Among Conventionally Grown Fruit", an article from Fresh Choices: More Than 100 Easy Recipes for Pure Food When You Can't Buy 100% Organic by David Joachim and Rochelle Davis. What fruits makes their low-chemical/highly-healthy list? Blueberries and Grapefruit :)

You can also read "High Pesticide Residues Found on Fruits and Vegetables".

Meats: To buy organic or not to buy organic

I talked briefly about organic meats in the diet section. For those of you who missed it, here's what I said:

"If you can afford to buy organic meat, do it. Commercial meats are made from animals injected with antibiotics and steroids, not to mention it's hard to know these days what they were fed. You may want to try to get free range products or grass fed. The latter will ensure the animal was not given any grains to eat that you might be highly sensitive to.

If buying free range/grass fed/organic meats is too expensive or hard to get, but you still want to try and get better quality food, Kosher products may be another avenue to try. Kosher foods are prepared following strict guidelines that determine how animals are to be treated/slaughtered, the cleanliness of the ingredients/environment in regards to the product, and it prohibits the mixture of dairy with any meats."

Further Reading about Meat

It's important that you understand the difference between Natural, Free Range, Organic and Grass Fed Organic meats. I encourage you to read my blog post about Grass Fed Beef to learn more.

Organic, Eh?

Canadians can check out more information on my Organic Canada page. Here you can learn what it means to be certified organic in Canada, and where you can find organic products in Canada.