This is a question I actually asked myself to feel better about not spending money on organic food. I just didn't see the point. And I KNOW where people come from when they ask the same questions about organic food...
So, I will try to answer the question that a while ago, I couldn't. What's in Organic that's worth the extra cost? Well, it's what's NOT in the food that answers the question. PESTICIDES. Yuck.
I was reading about organic farming, and it DOESN'T contain chemicals, which should make it cost less, right? Well, throwing the chemicals out, also throws out the EASE in growing and raising. It takes MORE care to keep pests from plants, and more work to grow organic grains and grasses to feed animals organic... Instead of simply spraying the bugs away or giving shots to animals for prevention, you actually have to use your brain to keep pests from your plants (like using beneficial bug, to eat the pests) and you have to give animals exercise and good nutrition to prevent from diseases.
Make more sense??? Here is a great article on organic foods. It may help explain things a little more.
But today, as a mom on a budget, I wanted to see what I should be spending my money on and what I don't really need to. Here is what I came up with...
The top foods to buy organic:
- Bell Peppers
- Grapes (imported)
- Meat & dairy
Here is another great article for learning the differences in "natural", "Organic", "grass-fed", etc... Plus, LOTS of other great information.
Now, as a mom, as a wife... what do you do with this info?
Well, it isn't my way or the highway... but, I usually do one thing at a time. Start small, then grow. I hope to, by this summer, not need to worry about many of the things on the "12 Worst list". But for now, I am changing one item at a time. A while back I started buying organic potatoes, it's not on the top 12 but I know it is high on the list. Then I started buying organic carrots. Lately, I have been buying organic lettuce. My budget is now used to spending that extra on these organic items, plus I watch like a HAWK for sales on these items. I recently got organic apples from my sister who got some on sale, and we were blessed with some organic Dominican Republic coffee from my MIL. So, start small. Buy on thing at a time. Allow your budget to be able to absorb the "blow" of the extra cost of these items. BUY IN SEASON. This will help the costs tremendously. People, once they KNOW that you are making the switch to organic may pick up some deals for you! Or may "gift " you with some great organic items from their travels!
Either way, if you are like me, start small, move up...
I hope all of this info has helped someone out there understand the importance of organics. Read the resources I gave you, and question what you want to do! Study up on the "effects" of pesticides on children, very scary. Study up on all of these things, don't just take MY word for it, or the word of one article. Look around, and you will have the knowledge you need to make an educated decision for your family.