Let me introduce you to organic produce.
Now, I’m all for good value for money, but when it comes to food, I believe you get what you pay for. Spend a bit more, get a bit more with regards to taste, longevity and quality. We all know organic produce costs more than your standard supermarket value range, but you need to ask yourself if the benefits of consuming organic produce outweigh the cost.
If you need a bit of convincing, I hear ya! I spent a lot of time wondering if I should switch to organic. I read informative articles and spoke to friends who eat organic produce. But you know what convinced me?
I tasted it for myself.
I was lucky enough to find someone who sold organic fruit and vegetables right on my doorstep. Although the little home business has since shut up shop, it hasn’t discouraged me from buying organic for my family. The day I decided to give organic produce a try is a day I won’t regret.
Here is why I buy and enjoy organic fruit and veg:
- Buying organic produce helps support smaller farms. Farms in general have suffered over the last several years due to mass production for the big supermarkets. Look at it this way – buying organic from smaller, local farms is like buying fair trade.
- Organic farms are held to high standards. Organic farms and suppliers are strictly regulated within the European Union. They must be registered with an approved organic control body and inspected at least once a year to ensure their produce meets industry standards. Only then can organic farm produce be labelled organic.
- Organic is free of pesticides and chemicals, therefore it’s healthier than non-organic produce. Organic fruit and veg helps support our kids’ health and development. Children grow at such a fast pace and their developing bodies are more vulnerable to toxins. Additionally, eating organic also helps reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases that affect our population today.
- Buying organic helps protect wildlife habitats. Use of pesticides on crops inevitably affects the environment around them. Bugs, birds and animals eat and drink from the surrounding area. It only stands to reason that their fragile ecosystems will suffer from overexposure to pesticides over time.
- Lastly, and probably most importantly, organic is fresh and tastes great! Organic produce is more intense in flavour. Carrots, broccoli, potatoes, garlic, apples and pears (to name a few!) taste like they are fresh from the garden. They are sold so quickly after picking that all the goodness from them are retained.
These are the reasons I love organic fruit and veg.
To Switch or Not to Switch?
True, the biggest drawback to buying organic is the cost. You will pay more. No argument there. But eating organic produce doesn’t have to mean it’s all or nothing. I love freedom of choice. I can choose to buy what I can afford, decide what products or brands I like and what I am willing to pay for them. If you can’t afford to go all organic, you can always do some organic. There are no rules.
If you want to mix it up, you should know that there are some non-organic fruit and veg that have been found to have more trace pesticides than others. So, think about tasting the following organic produce first, as they will have the best health benefits for you.
- Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
- Zucchini Squash
The following list of non-organic fruit and veg were found to have fewer amounts of pesticides on them.
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Potatoes