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Buying Organic Food on a Budget
How to Go Organic without Going Broke
5/16/2013 12:42:18 PM
There is also a great app called Makeena that is going to finally make it easier to afford natural, organic foods in stores like Whole Foods. they're not launched yet, but when they are, the app will be free. It's going to be such a relief to not have to break my bank every time I want good food. They have a video here: www.crowdfunder.com/campaign/393.
4/9/2013 3:46:42 PM
Read up on what it really means to be certified organic. In the US, a farm or orchard has to only stop using chemical pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides for 3 years to become certified organic. However, the trees in the orchards may be over 50 years old, accumulating the chemicals used for all those years. Since we don't know what pesticides or herbicides were used during that time, or how long they last in the trees & soil, even buying organic produce may mean you're getting the residue of those older pesticides.
For example, DDT, formerly used as an insectide, but banned in the 1970s in the US, has a half life of around 30 years, but has still been found in human blood tests performed by the CDC in 2005. It causes thinning of bird egg shells, and has been cited as a cause for shrinking populations of wild birds in the US. Even in 2010, more than 40 years after the U.S. ban, California condors which feed on sea lions at Big Sur which in turn feed in the Palos Verdes Shelf area of the Montrose Chemical Superfund site seemed to be having continued thin-shell problems. So, it appears to work its way up through the food chain.
In the US, federal legislation defines three levels of organic foods.
Products made entirely with certified organic ingredients and methods can be labeled "100% organic," while only products with at least 95% organic ingredients may be labeled "organic." Both of these categories may also display the USDA Organic seal. A third category, containing a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, can be labeled "made with organic ingredients," but may not display the USDA Organic seal. In addition, products may also display the logo of the certification body that approved them.
Also, small farmers, selling less than $5,000 a year, do not have to apply for organic certification, although they still have to keep records and may be subject to audits.
You MUST buy organic corn as external pesticides aren't the issue, they are now internal thanks to GMO's. 98% of all corn is now GMO in which they engineered the pesticide in its dna. When it enters our gut and intestines, it perforates them and undigested foods enter the body thru the intestines, creating food allergies and other ailments. As far as organic on a budget, i've been shopping online lately at greenpolkadotbox , their prices are amazing and shipping is free with orders over a certain amount.
I get all my organic veges fruits and meat dairy from door to door organics - it's online and I get a box for $23 and it's delivered right to my door - and NO, i don't work for them! It's affordable, and good for me, yay!
Another person commented on this, but the ability to comparison shop is somewhat limited. I live in a moderately sized town, but we only have one place to buy organic produce when the farmers market is out of season. And boy is it expensive. The farmer's market is worse. There are stores about 30 miles away in a bigger city, but we rarely have enough gas to go up there more than every couple of months.
Some of the other suggestions are great. I look for sales, and sometimes you can get a good deal. I've recently started growing my own veggies, which should be ready in a month or two.
I guess I got lucky there that most of the stuff I buy is "don't worry, buy conventional." Having said that, locally grown stuff is so much more delicious that I'm trying to grow some of my own produce. I wish I had enough space to make myself sustainable, but whatever.
I have started buying my meat from local farmers so I can eat grass-fed beef, pasture chickens and eggs, and humane pork. It is cheapest to get that meat directly from the farmer, but even then it's still kinda pricey, so I buy bulk meats, non-premium cuts, and some organs and just eat less of all of it.
Yeah, I just made some chicken livers, and those are not only delicious, I broiled them with some seasonings, and they're going to make me lunches for less than $1 per meal. It's not an every day thing, but it does help cut down costs.
If you want to be truly organic grow your own! Most of the produce mentioned with high pestacides are easily grown in small backyard gardens.
6/26/2012 11:28:50 AM
I believe it is much better to purchase organic foods as well. However, there is no guarantee that a farm is truly providing organic produce. For example, a person I know worked on a farm and they put the same produce (potatoes) in the non-organic and organic boxes. Apparently, the farm would make more money using pesticides on everything to have a greater cash crop. So, apparently, a farm can be certified as organic, but there isn't someone there all the time to guarantee that the product IS organic. Then, the consumer is paying more for a pesticide laden product. I wonder how great the "checks and balances" are now on organics.
Imported grapes as opposed to domestic grapes? does that mean you can buy non-organic grapes if they are domestic?
6/26/2012 9:02:06 AM
Good article...not the "bible" of organics, but it's a start. This article is just a guideline and not hard and fast rules and advice for every area of the country. Be vigilant, do your homework, and start asking your local grocer for more organic foods. Eventually, they will start to offer more if they don't already. I read a suggestion in another article that said to ask the vendors in your local farmer's market if their produce is organic. Sometimes it's not! If you're concerned about pesticides and fertilizers and other chemicals in your food, you just learn to ask. As the article states, awareness brings change.
In some places it's just not feasible or even possible to comparison shop for food. Organic food is available here in NYC (I'm in Manhattan), but going from store to store is unreasonable. They are scatttered all around the island and we (most of "we") don't have cars to make an easy go of it. Further, some of the best-quality, depending on how good the growing-year of the moment, fresh food is available at the Greenmarkets, a program of the city's parks dept. Prices are considerably higher for organic and non-organic, though.
We have Whole Foods stores, but their prices are very high, too. Trader Joe's prices are, of course, much better, but quality is a problem. You can't work up a lather over Manhattan supermarkets, either.
Anyone in the city? If you know of good sources with reasonable prices, especially in proximity to the EV and Columbus Circle.
12/4/2011 1:15:22 PM
"Invest in organic meat, cheese and milk (over produce and grains) if your grocery budget is tight. Conventional meat and dairy products often contain hormones and show the highest concentration of pesticides".
I was already concerned about excess hormones, but didn't realize meats and dairy products are also high in pesticides. Thanks!
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