(Natural News) Going organic can get a bad rap, especially when it comes to cost, but it’s essential that people switch their diets over to organically grown fruits and vegetables if they want to achieve optimum health. Consuming organic food is more beneficial and will also have less of an impact on the amount of cash people spend in the long-term.
When put into perspective, eating primarily or solely organic food means that people end up paying a little more upfront, but end up spending significantly less on possible healthcare concerns in the future brought about by their commercial consumption habits.
When buying organic, consider the long-term expense
Indeed, buying organic food is currently more expensive due to the higher regulatory burden placed on farmers that want to get their organic certification. Thousands of dollars are needed just for the certification and regulation required to label your produce “organic.”
While buying from non-organic certified sources might seem like the way to go, the long-term effects of buying commercial produce need to be considered, such as an increased risk of becoming obese and contracting diabetes.
Switching the shopping list out for something that contains more organic food is an investment in your health, and will save a lot of money down the road. Not only is the market for organic produce getting bigger every day and thus significantly lowering costs, but the effects of eating organic produce are less likely to produce harmful consequences, and more likely to provide health benefits.
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Buying organic has been shown to cost significantly less, especially when you consider the adverse effects of a compound found in commercial produce: pesticides. Commercially grown produce is riddled with pesticides that are definitely going to cost you a lot more due to hospital bills and possible severe health problems.
Liza Oates of the RMIT University in Australia led a week-long study of 13 adults. For that week, some of them were fed from a wholly organic diet, and others from a non-organic diet. Their study suggests that switching over to an organic diet can lead to significant reductions in the levels of pesticide found in the body.
When you look at the long-term costs of medical care and its effects on the body, it puts into perspective that buying food that has been organically certified is better despite the larger short-term costs.
Consider another pesticide-free alternative: organic farming
However, there’s a way to offset these costs, and that’s organic farming. Setting aside that plot of land in your backyard or putting a planter in your balcony window drastically helps reduce how much you spend when going to the grocery.
If you switch over to organic farming, you are turning your backyard into your own grocery store. Your home-grown food will taste better, you’re removing all of the chemicals that are present in commercial produce, you’re going to save a lot of money, and perhaps just as importantly, you’re turning yourself into a self-sustaining person. (Related: How to grow these 5 vegetables that maximize your crop yield.)
This is why if you really are serious about both living a healthier life and maximizing your savings, you shouldn’t hesitate. Buying and even growing organic food is the way to go. Your body and your wallet will thank you in the long run.
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