There are many reasons to choose organic for yourself and your family. On this page I’m going to share why I do and a few ways to save money when purchasing organic.
I didn’t start choosing organic foods because of a chronic illness or a desire to heal something going on with me. I was on a weight loss journey and trying to make healthier choices in my life. Part of that journey led me to learning more about our food supply than I ever really wanted to learn. That’s not true I love learning but the things I learned both upset me and frankly grossed me out in some cases. I tried limiting certain food groups and avoiding certain foods all together, however that just left me getting obsessive over what I was eating. Which is not fun.
So I hit the books AGAIN and decided the best option for me, the environment, and animal welfare was to start switching out all my conventionally grown food and products for organic certified ones. Imagine my surprise when I found that even though I was at the healthiest I had ever been in my life, I started feeling even better. The more foods I switched the more energy I had, the better I slept, and honestly I felt my out look getting better day by day. I was simply on top of my game.
I thought here would be as good of a place as any to share a few of the reasons I decided to switch to organics. This is by no means a complete list, if you need even more reasons feel free to reach out to me on social media or through my contact page.
Reasons To Choose Organic
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Conventionally grown crops and the feed for livestock get coated in toxic pesticides during the growing process. A recent USDA study shows that even after you wash and peel your produce pesticide residues still remain. Toxic Pesticides have been linked to hormonal disruptions, obesity, birth defects, and cancer, as well as possible short-term health risks. Children are at an even higher risk than adults as they tend to absorb more of these toxins than adults.
It should not surprise anyone that dumping a lot of chemicals over our agriculture will have a negative impact on the environment. These chemicals find their ways deep into our soil and down into our water ways. Risking our soil health and drinking water for future generations. The long-term effects of which we will have no way of knowing until it is too late.
Conventionally raised livestock are, well to put it nicely, are not treated kindly… at all. Factory Farms often shove animals into areas much too small with little room to move they are left standing in their own waste. While being shoved full of GMO feed, and pumped full of antibiotics. These animals are grown as fast and cheaply as possible.
Pasture-raised, grass-fed, organic livestock allows animals to be on family farms, raised humanely, where they are allowed to graze and forage for their food. Any supplemented foods also have to be organically grown and there are strict regulations regarding animal care.
Support Small Farmers
Organic farmers care about our environment and the animals. They have spent decades learning the best practices to maintain soil quality, raise healthy happy animals, and have practices to safe guard our ability to grow and raise food in the future. Not to mention buying from a local farmer is just the same as supporting your favorite small business, these are often family run farms.
Organic foods have been shown to have higher levels of certain nutrients than their conventionally grown twins. Especially anti-oxidant levels in organic produce, which help fight aging and have been shown to lower cancer risks. While Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are better balanced in organic meats and dairy.
Due to how organic food is grown and raised, studies have shown that organic foods contain more of the nutrients that make food taste delicious. People usually look at me like I’m crazy when I simply say organic food tastes better. As this is often my go to short answer. However most of those people have turned into believers after making swaps in their own lives and thankfully I know have science to back me up.
Organic Food Savings
One of the biggest reasons I hear that people don’t choose organic more often is simply because of cost. However today there are many ways to save money while still shopping organic.
Buy Organic in Bulk
Buying from the bulk bins in your grocery store is a great way to save a little money. Since companies don’t have to pay for packaging they can pass this savings on to you. If you’re concerned about using all those extra plastic bags try these reusable bulk bin bags.
There was a time when finding organic coupons was tough, but that’s just not the case today. As organic foods grow in popularity most local groceries store carry at some organic options in every aisle. Some stores have even created their own brand of organics. These products will be included in their regular sales and coupon mailers, which are often located at the front of the store. You can also check for a store app or membership card for additional savings.
Apps That Pay
There are several apps to be found today that will give you money back (rebates) on your grocery purchases. A few know of are; Ibotta, Shrink, and Makeena. I have used Ibotta and found plenty of offers for any brand items as well as whole food items. Plus many more stores are available than I thought would be. As I usually shop for one I don’t earn much from it, however I have friends shopping for their families that earn a few dollars per shopping trip.
Depending on where you live and your local organic food prices you may find it cheaper to do some shopping online. Sites like Amazon and Thrive Market offer lots of organic options that will be delivered right to your door.
Grow Your Own Organic Food
Gardening is a great way to reduce stress and introduce kids to new foods (if you have little ones). It’s also the only way to know 100% how your food is grown and harvested. There are many resources out there to help you figure out what you can grow in your climate. As well as learn to grow in urban spaces, small spaces, or full on farms. If you’re new to growing your own food try starting with a small organic herb or vegetable garden.
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