Eat Organic on a Budget
Question: I know eating organic food is suppossed to be good for you, but its so expensive. Is it really worth it?
Sheila Cole, health educator, responds:
of our common foods are grown using chemicalized agricultural methods.
These foods also contain further impurities such as antibiotics, steriods,
dyes, preservatives and other chemical additives. These detract from
the purity of the
People with health problems need foods that are as fresh and free of impurities as possible in order to get the maximum food value to rebuild their bodies.
herbicides and fungicides are used in abundance to grow our fruit, grains
and vegetables. These chemical substances often penetrate to the
core of the food and cannot be removed just by washing and peeling.
A tomato crop, for
Ideally, everything we eat should be organic. But one of the barriers is cost. As a bare minimum, one should consider choosing potatoes, carrots, apples and other such basics that may be consumed in volume.
At farmer's markets one can usually find a good variety of organic fruits
and vegetables in season. It is worth freezing and canning them when
possible. Some people share from their own gardens (the best way
to ensure the purity of your food
Most health food stores have a full range of organically grown grains,
beans and flours which are a good value. Many people with food sensitivities
find that foods they commonly react to are more easily tolerated when they
Increasingly, organically raised meats and poultry are available.
These are great because they are free of antibiotics and steroids and the
animals have been fed organic grains and have enjoyed freedom of movement.
These meats are usually
If you are a coffee fiend, buying organic is advised since it is a heavily
sprayed crop. It is important to inform yourself about how foods
are grown and then make your choices accordingly. For example, you
may decide to avoid a favourite food,
Vegetables and fruits from other countries often contain pesticides that are banned in Canada.... not that our record is particularly stellar! Organic foods, regardless of where they are grown, have to meet strict standards. In addition to being free of pesticides, they are not genetically modified, which is a growing concern to many people.
In essence, one should choose at least the core part of the diet from organic
sources. Make it a priority to prepare fresh, organically grown foods
instead of resorting to prepared and packaged foods from the supermarket.
If you must use