One of the biggest complaints you hear when trying to persuade friends and family to go organic is “It’s just so much more expensive.” While initially apples to apples-type comparisons may support that complaint, there are so many ways to take the sting out of changing over to a healthier and safer food-consumption lifestyle. It might take a little more planning than usual, as well as a little ingenuity, but eating organic shouldn’t be an “either I eat healthy or I go broke” type of choice, and it certainly doesn’t have to be a wallet-draining endeavor.
Food Babe has a thorough list of ways to eat organic on a budget, a few of which we want to highlight.
Make It Yourself
There’s no better way to control what goes into the food you eat than making it yourself. Again, some could make the argument that when you have to go out and buy all the ingredients to make, for example, yummy organic cupcakes with no artificial colors, it’s a lot more expensive than just buying a pre-made mix or some already made by the bakery. What you have to remember is that by keeping these ingredients in stock in your kitchen and using them for a number of different meal plans, you are actually saving money in the long run.
Grow It Yourself
We are always amazed and inspired by the movement to grow your own food, whether it’s through backyards, community gardens, even underground former WWll bomb shelters, growing our own food is a part of taking back control over what food we eat and our overall health. BabyBreeze had her seventh birthday party this weekend, and by far one of the coolest gift was a seed-starter kit that we are looking forward to eventually adding to her uncle’s backyard garden down the road.
Buy it Local
If you don’t have the time or space to grow it yourself, seek out the small, local farms in your area and source your food from them. The perfect place to do this is at a farmer’s market. Go online and look for one near you, and when you’ve found one, take the time to develop relationships with your local growers. In 2013, the number of local growers and farmer’s markets accepting the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance (SNAP) benefit quadrupled, making certified organic, and food grown using organic practices more available to households on middle to low fixed incomes.
Stop Wasting Food
Here is where we come in! A BerryBreeze™ in your refrigerator and pantry eradicates microbial agents like bacteria and mold, as well as eliminating ethylene gas produced by fruits and vegetables that promote the ripening (and decaying) process. Americans waste an estimated 1,400 calories of food per person every single day, and by helping your food at home last longer, not only does BerryBreeze™ address the issue of food waste, it also addresses the amount of money your household spends on food and gas to get to the store, which ultimately helps lower your overall carbon footprint.
There are literally dozens of ways to reduce the financial impact of going organic available on the internet. What are some ways you’ve softened the transition? Leave a comment and let us know!