10 May I’m on a Budget – When should I Buy Organic?
When it comes to clean eating, there seem to be a million different opinions on what you should buy and what you should avoid. I used to think organic produce was a waste of money and that it just meant they didn’t use pesticides on it. My logic at the time was, I was going to wash my produce anyway so why should that matter? The truth was, I just didn’t know how much of a difference there really was with organic produce vs conventionally grown.
It wasn’t common knowledge when I was growing up. The organic movement was quite small and when you’d ask most people about it, they would scoff at it like it was a hoax or something. Fast forward 15 years later and a lot has changed. Organic food choices are growing like crazy and the options you have available now are quite impressive and affordable compared to what used to be out there. Buying high quality organic food isn’t nearly as expensive or as difficult as it once was. And in my opinion, buying organic just means buying produce the way it was supposed to be grown – in healthy soil, without chemicals, GMOs, radiation, or sewer sludge (https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/labeling).
That being said, my recommendation is to buy organic whenever possible. If you’re concerned about your budget, I recommend spending the extra money on the things you consume most. If you rarely ever eat beets for example, buying conventional beets every once in a while is fine. If you eat bananas almost every day, I recommend you spring for organic. I know you might be thinking, “But I thought you don’t have to buy bananas organic because they have thick skin so pesticides don’t get in.” It’s not just about the lack of pesticides on your produce though. It’s about the quality of the soil, the seeds, the whole environment used to grow your food.
Minimal processing and toxins always gets my vote when it comes to what I consume.