When most people think of eating organically, they think of eating those organically grown fruits and vegetables, or perhaps choosing meat from animals that were raised organically, but few people realize that there is much more variety in organic food than just meat, veggies, and fruit.
In fact, the choices of organic foods is enough to fill a local grocers and consists of such daily foods as:
- Fish and seafood
- Fruit and vegetables
- Spices and herbs
In most countries, the government has set specific guidelines as to what can or cannot be certified organic, and these guidelines are often quite stringent. Inspections are carried out at least once a year see that the guidelines are followed, and the farms must be registered as organic.
In the majority of countries, in order for food to be classified as organic, the farm must not have used any chemical fertilizers or pesticides when growing plants for a set number of years. Their plants must then be grown without the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or other chemicals, to encourage larger plants or a larger crop yield.
Animals that are considered organic must only be fed food that is organically grown, given pasture time, allowed feed on grass that has not been chemically treated, and they cannot be given antibiotics or growth steroids. There are many other rules as well, depending on the country.
However, you do need to keep in mind that not all organic farms may be certified as such. Many small farms in every country have been organic farming for generations, and have never used chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or growth hormones of any kind on their plants and animals.
However, they simply cannot afford the cost of being registered as an organic farm, so their produce is not allowed to bear the label “organic”. The bad thing about this, is that these farms often sell their organic produce much cheaper than some of the big farms and corporations that bear the label, which means that their natural and organic products are often more affordable.
In most cases, the locals in an area know which farms produce organic products and which ones don’t, so if you spend a little time visiting farm markets and talking to the locals, you will soon learn where you might get organic foods at a lower price than will from the grocer’s shelves.
Is Buying Organic Food Worth The Higher Price?
In this day and age, when most families have to count their pennies, and worry about simply keeping a roof over their head, paying the extra that organic food costs may make some people wonder if the benefits of eating organic is worth the price. The truth is that this is an individual decision that every family has to make for themselves.
The simple fact is that we live in a world filled with chemicals and toxins, and these toxins are harmful to our health, perhaps even more than we know. So for some people, eliminating as many chemicals and toxins as they can from their lives is worth the extra price they pay, because they will remain healthier for longer.
For other families, eating organic simply means make choices such as growing some of their food, and even raising some of their own meat, thus reducing those grocery bills while still allowing them to live and eat more organically.
For others still, it means finding deals on as much organic food as possible as often as possible.
Keep in mind that eating more organically doesn’t have to mean eating all organic. Every time you buy a loaf of organic bread, a dozen organic eggs, or an organic apple, or a bag of organic carrots, you are increasing your chances of staying healthier.
Even if you can’t eat totally organic, eating some organic foods will help to reduce the amount of chemicals and toxins you are putting into your body, making it possible for you to make healthy choices without breaking your budget.
Do you eat organic foods? Where do you buy your organic foods? What are your favourite organic foods?