There's a lot of hype in the media about how much organic food costs and whether it really is all it’s cracked up to be. I'm sure there is some room for error in the process of farming organic fruit and vegetables and like every other industry, there would be people and legislation taking this concept for a profitable ride. However, I see people all the time roll their eyes at others who try to make their diet as organic as possible. Why? Because people seem to believe that the organic trend is just another health fad that will move out soon when the newest craze comes along. But eating organic is not a trend. It is the oldest, most traditional and healthiest way we have always eaten. What changed, was the trend of pesticides and insecticides.
Before I continue, I'd like to add in a little side note. Not all organic food should be automatically assumed as healthy. This is simply not the case. An organic stamp does not render a food to be nutritious as you can find the organic certification on just about anything that's packeted, highly processed, full of sugar etc. An organic muesli bar doesn't automatically make the muesli bar healthy.
Organic food costs more than conventional food, that is true, however coining it as expensive implies that it’s valued higher than it is worth and that is simply not the case. Organic fruit and vegetables are not expensive, conventional fruit and vegetables are just incredibly cheap. This is because of two things. One, not enough people buy organic food so it still has speciality market prices. And two, organic farmers pay expensive registration fees for their certification. The more people buy organic, the more this price will come down.
Let's talk facts. The general population in both Australia and America spend more money on healthcare than on food. But healthy food and proper nutrition is the most effective form of preventative medicine. Did you catch that? So we eat cheap food that's not very nutritious, then we spend the money later that we didn't spend on eating well, in health care. How does that make any sense? Well, it doesn't, but we are conditioned to do what we enjoy until it becomes a problem.
We know that conventional supermarket meat can have a tonne of antibiotics and/or growth hormones in it, depending which country you're from. We know the animals are fed genetically modified grains and they are not roaming in pastures. They are probably nutrient deficient, infected and sick (hence the antibiotics), pumped up with steroids and then put on our dinner plates.
In fact, there is just as many antibiotics used in FOOD, than in medicine. Not just that, purchasing organic where possible can mean you are reducing the ingestion of pesticides, chemical fertilisers, genetically modified organisms that have been engineered to make your food look more satisfying and you are not consuming antibiotics and possibly growth hormones.
People don't want to spend more money on things though, if the repercussions don't affect them NOW and that's just the way the human brain works. But we need to understand that spending a bit more money now, would save you a LOT more money in the future. I'm not saying going organic needs to be your priority. If you have a terrible diet and you want to start making some healthy changes, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whether that be conventional or organic, is already a great start. Let's not be too pedantic. But I personally couldn't 'un-see' or 'un-know' the differences between organic and non-organic meat once I knew it, for instance. Also, obviously not everyone can afford to buy organic food all the time, myself included.
Spending your money on well sourced nutritious food, will SIGNIFICANTLY reduce the amount of money you will be spending on health care. MANY diseases can be prevented with proper nutrition. We're talking type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, chronic fatigue, food intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression. Would you like me to keep going? Osteoporosis, high cholesterol, eczema, psoriasis, acne. These can all be symptoms of systemic inflammation and nutrient deficiencies, largely caused by the lack of nutrient dense food. Eat well sourced nutritious food and invest in your future. It's going to an easier journey this way. Whether that means adding some more fruit and vegetables in, or making the switch to organic meat, you do you. All changes are positive.