Before I grasped exactly WTF made organic foods so special, I was so, so confused. Seriouslyyy.
I didn’t grow up eating all organic, so I had absolutely no clue.
As soon as I was out in the world, shopping for my own ingredients, I was very much lost :
Why should I pay double the money for foods that literally look the same as the normal, cheaper stuff?
I once totally thought it was a marketing ploy – I mean, we’re never exactly sure what’s ACTUALLY done with our food during the long, LONG process involved before it’s set on the table, lookin’ nice & pretty.
& if you’ve had these same thoughts before, let me walk you through it – I’ll keep things simple!
Conventional VS. Organic
+ using chemical fertilizers to speed up growth VS. using natural fertilizers ( compost / manure ) to feed soil & plants
+ giving animals medications, antibiotics, & growth hormones to prevent diseases & speed up growth VS. giving animals organic feed ( you are what you eat! ) & taking preventative measures like clean living spaces, rotational grazing, & access outside
+ spraying insecticides to lower possibilities of pests & disease VS. using insects, birds, traps, or mating disruptions ( a more natural way to control the pests from reproducing & spreading – SUCH a good thing )
+ using herbicides to manage weeds VS. using methods like rotating crops, tilling, & hand-weeding or mulch to deal with weeds
Are you guys noticing a pattern here? ( gross, I know 🙁 )
Basically, it’s all in the farming process.
Just like how highly processed foods “cheat” & use chemical fillers to enhance flavors & increase shelf-life, conventional farming methods totally take the easy road – all to maximize profit / efficiency.
So what you’re paying for, really, is for the farmers to practice more natural, EFFICIENT methods to grow your food … rather than paying the minimum for food that’s ridden with chemicals.
Yup, the end result of both methods are exactly the same : yummy food on a platter.
But how they got there? TOTALLY, 100%, MIND-BLOWINGLY different.
In this case, the saying “you get what you pay for” totally applies.
So, IS IT worth it to pay for that more expensive bag of organic spinach?
IS IT worth it to pay for a healthier, better you?
You decide … & let me know your thoughts on this! xx
( note : I realize organic isn’t always AFFORDABLE – don’t stress! It’s just a healthier alternative, but it’s NOT a life-or-death situation. If in the future, it becomes more affordable? Definitely go for it! )
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