Every time I leave the grocery store I wonder, why is my grocery bill so expensive! The answer quickly comes to me every time… one simple word “organic”. What does organic even mean? In my mind I equate “organic” with “eating healthy” which make
s me feel good. Putting aside my positive emotional connection with word “organic”, I’m left wondering…. is it really worth it?
The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that:
‘Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.
Organic culture is about a way of farming that pays close attention to nature and animals. USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control and use of additives. Packaged foods must be comprised of 95% organic ingredients to use the USDA organic seal.
According to a study conducted by Annals of Internal Medicine, the results concluded that organic food lacked strong evidence that it is more is more health advantageous than conventional foods. Whether or not organic fruits and vegetables provide more nutrients is pretty controversial. The downside to buying organic is it can be more expensive and fruits and vegetables may spoil faster as they are not treated with waxes and preservatives. For some, the pros outweigh the cons as they feel organic is safer and kinder to the environment.
Should you buy organic? That is up to you and your family. Some families prefer to buy a mix of groceries, including organic and conventional foods. A suggestion for those who like organic fruits and vegetables but have a hard time paying the sticker price, try buying fresh organic produce directly from farmers or at a farmer’s market. Organic may be a trend or it may become the new standard, either way, it sure is causing a dilemma in the produce aisle!