The trend for organic goods is certainly on the rise. Their marketing professes that the foods are fresher, taste better, are better for you, and are more nutritious. While this may be the case in some instances, the price tag will often be quite hefty to reflect these added benefits.
Putting it bluntly, organic foods are usually more expensive than their standard counterparts. So how do you know if they are worth the investment? Do the health benefits and sustainability really warrant a price tag that is sometimes double or triple other products. Let’s see shall we…
Is It Worth It?
Truthfully, some products are worth it and some really aren’t. There isn’t really a one size fits all formula to determine where you should expect to spend more either. You need to make a decision based on the perceived benefits for yourself. You need to buy based on your values.
If you want less chemicals in your food, a smaller carbon footprint from shorter trade routes and products fresh from the earth or farm, then organic could be for you.
The great news is that you don’t always have to pay the expensive price tags if you are willing to grow our own, or have a local market to attend.
What Constitutes Organic?
Organic is the process of producing produce without the interference of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. It also means that animals producing organic meat, eggs and dairy products must not have taken antibiotics or growth hormones.
You have to be very savvy when checking the labels of organic products, because not all products are created equally. Some will try to claim that their product is wholly organic, when only a percentage of it is. These generally display phrases like ‘made with organic products’, or ‘all natural’.
Some companies will deliberately try to market their product as organic to increase sales and the amount they can charge for it. So be very wary when you are making your product selection. Use trusted brands or local suppliers whose practices are transparent.
Is Organic Healthier?
On the face of it, organic foods should be healthier for you due to the way they have been produced. But, organic produce has no more nutritional value than non-organic produce. An orange still has the same amount of base nutrients whether it has been produced organically or not.
The key factor is organic foods have a much lower chance of containing contaminants like pesticides and chemicals. Therefore, they should be better for you.
Do It Yourself
The general rule is if you are not happy with what’s on a price tag, then you can do it yourself for cheaper. Eating organically is no exception.
If you are willing to put in the effort then you can eat organically for hardly any money, you just have to grow it yourself. You should try and focus on the crops that are most treated with pesticides like apples, strawberries, grapes, spinach, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.
Don’t make the mistake of contaminating your own crop though. When selecting garden care products, ensure that you choose ones that meet organic food production standards.
When it comes to deciding if the price tag on organic foods is worth it, knowledge is power. Know how to read the labels, if the information is legitimate and if you can grow a cheaper version at home.