Why Should I Buy Organic Food

A few years ago , buying organic food was something that many of us  considered  unnecessary and frankly  a little weird .  I can remember  hearing  that vegetables  grown in this way were more bacterially threatening to  us  than food  grown in the traditional  manner. The comparisons  of organic vs inorganic foods are yet being made, but the arguments against organics are few and far between  with increasing numbers of consumers  voting with their pocketbooks for  organic over inorganic.

 

Today, buying products that have been grown  without chemicals is part of an overall green living trend.  Consumers  are starting become aware  that exposure to fewer pesticides, chemicals  and modified ingredients have to be better  for our health and for saving the environment .  Proof of this change in attitude  is reflected in the increased number of products in the organic sections  of our grocery stores .  Once the produce manager  might have given you an odd look  if you asked for such items, we now see the organic products displayed  throughout the store.  Everybody has their own reason  for making the change.   My wakeup call was my daughter’s  compromised immune system and problems with food allergies  that were my motivation to buy organic whenever possible.

 

THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD

 

The good news is that facts  regarding the benefits of buying organic food is spreading.  The bad news is that when you see a product with an organic label  it is often accompanied by a more expensive price  than traditionally grown foods . This is  probably  one of the only negatives associated with buying organic food. 

 

BUYING ORGANIC ON A BUDGET

 

If your food budget  is already stretched to the limit  and you simply can’t afford to pay more to feed your family, a good approach  may be to focus on  fruits and vegetables whose chemical pesticide retention rates make it worthwhile  to buy organic. 

 

Here are some of the vegetables  that experts recommend we should buy because they are known to retain the most chemicals:

 

  • Spinach and Lettuce Potatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Onions
  • Avocado

 

 

Here is a list of fruits  that are worth buying organic:

 

  • Strawberries and Raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Apples

BABIES 

I do my best  to buy the most important organic fruits and vegetables for everyone in my family, but at times I just can’t manage it.  However, even during times of tight finances  my green parenting goal is to make certain that <b>everything</b> my babies eat is organically grown.  Infants are especially  vulnerable  to the dangers of pesticides  due to  their fragile immune systems,  It just doesn’t make sense  to swaddle them in organic baby bedding and dress them in expensive organic cotton baby clothes  only to feed them <b>in</b>organic foods . 

 

 

 

DAIRY PRODUCTS and MEAT

 

Where buying organic really eats up a chunk of the  family’s grocery budget  is buying meat,eggs and dairy products .  You may save money by buying from locals  but I am toying with the idea  of saving even more by restricting  the amount of meat and dairy  that my family eats .  

 

ORGANIC FOODS THAT AREN’T WORTH IT

 

With the information that we have, I’m relatively certain  that everybody  would go all organic if we could but in reality it’s just too expensive for most families .  It’s a better plan to start eating  more fruits and veggies that bring the least amount of pesticides possible to the table. 

 

 Here are some veggies that have few pesticides:

 

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Onions
  • Avocado

And here are some low-risk fruits:

  • Bananas
  • Mangos
  • Pineapples
  • Kiwi

 

I focus on many  of the items in this group  so that I  don’t feel badly about not buying all organic .  And if you noticed  that there is no mention of seafood, the reason for this omission is because there are currently no standards in place.

 

 

 

 

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