It always amazes me when I hear about people that complain about the cost of buying organic foods. I mean, this is the stuff that fuels you and keeps you going..its what keeps you alive. So why wouldn’t you want to put the best possible stuff in your body? People do not think twice about buying a new cellphone for $400 that does the same thing as a $25 one or spending a fortune on a new BMW that does the same thing as a Honda Civic (although not as well…). But when people complain that organic food costs more, it makes me wonder about priorities in life. You would not eat food that was coated in bleach, so why eat food that has had pesticides sprayed all over it? Or eat chicken that was raised in dirty crowded pens?
Pesticides found in non-organic food at the grocery store can have a terrible effect on both children and adults alike. They can cause things like disruption in the endocrine system, cancer, infertility and mutagenic effects. Also, a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health has discovered a 70% increase in the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease for people exposed to even low levels of pesticides. And the EPA says pesticides block the body’s uptake of nutrients critical for proper growth and wreak havoc on development by permanently altering the way a child’s system functions. Isn’t spending a few extra bucks a week worth trying to protect your health? For us it is. Even if I had to cancel Netflix or something like that in order to eat better, I would. Netflix does not improve my health, that’s for sure. If the extra expense is not really something you can handle, consider shopping at a Farmer’s Market on a weekly basis if you have one near you. Often the food is cheaper there because there is no middle man, and you will be supporting your local organic farmer directly!
So next time you are at the grocery store, pause for a second and think about what could be on your food and if it is worth the extra expense to buy organic or free range food. After all, you are what you eat. If anything, food costs should be a majority of your spending after your housing expenses. Food is the only way we stay alive!