Affording ‘organic’

Each of us has different values.  One person may would rather spend $100 on a concert ticket then eat fast food on the way to the concert, whereas someone else may cook up dinner using $100 organic ingredients. Before you drop another paycheck on your next meal, ask a few simple questions:

  1. What is ‘organic’?
  2. Are there other ingredients added?
  3. Who is the accrediting association and organization?
  4. Why am I choosing ‘organic’?

If we simply buy based on the label, chances are we are being duped.  According to Wikipedia,

Standards vary worldwide, but organic farming in general features practices that strive to cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Organizations regulating organic products may restrict the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers in farming. In general, organic foods are also usually not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents or synthetic food additives.

There is no one standard.  “Organic”, as our society accepts, can mean free of pesticides, heribicides, preservatives, artificial colorings and flavorings, and genetically modified organisms (GMO).  We may not fully understand the long term effects of using these additives or unnatural components.

But one thing is clear: the more ‘stuff’ involved, the more our bodies have to clear it out.  For example, if our liver has to detox pesticides on top of preservatives on top of artificial flavoring, the more and more tired it becomes.  Dis-ease sets in and we start to get sick.

Choosing when and where and how to incorporate “organic” into our lifestyles will be person-dependent.  We all have our ideas of what is right, wrong, or acceptable.  We get to set out our own standard.  What matters most is that we feel comfortable and confident in our choice with how we afford to live.  There is always some type of price to pay.




Photo credit: By Jbrad848 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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