We should not have to “shop our way out” of exposures to toxic pesticides. Elected officials must protect the health of people and the planet and stand up to corporate influence. Also, the food industry has a responsibility to consumers, the environment and society at large. Together, we can demand that government and corporations step up to create a healthier world for all people. The solution is here — we just have to grow it.
Demand that our elected leaders make organic for all!
Shopping for Organic on a Budget
Organic food can be more expensive than non-organic food. Often, the higher price reflects the true cost of food production. Organic farmers tend to have higher labor costs and do not receive the same types of government subsidies as many non-organic farmers. The low cost of non-organic food comes at a high price in terms of damage to the environment and our health. Not only does organic farming not result in these hidden costs, it protects the environment and public health.
Here are some tips for shopping for organic on a budget:
- Meat is often the most expensive part of our diets. Reduce meat consumption by replacing portions with organic beans or lentils. This has the added benefit of being a key climate change solution.
- Buy frozen fruits and vegetables; they may be cheaper than fresh produce, and the nutritional quality is similar.
- Buy fruits and vegetables in season; they are often cheaper and can be frozen for out-of-season use.
- Compare prices. Some organic options may be the same price or cheaper than conventional products.
- Buy local. Search for farmers’ markets, CSAs and co-ops, which often offer local, organic products at a lower cost. And, you’ll be supporting your local farmers!
- Buy in bulk, especially when there’s a discount or you have a coupon; bulk stores often have good deals on organic products.
- Some fruits and vegetables tend to have higher pesticide residues than others. Knowing this can help you prioritize which items to buy organic. The fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residues include carrots, cranberries, green beans, hot peppers, nectarines, peaches, tangerines, strawberries, sweet bell peppers and sweet potatoes.