The word is out about eating organic. Consumers have decided it is healthier. Growing organic sections of local supermarkets seem to devote more shelf space to organic food every month. According to the USDA, since the 1990s, the demand for organic food has increased by double digits. Some of the pushback for eating organic relates to higher prices and the belief by some that eating organic many not really be that much healthier.
For those of you interested in eating organic, it isn’t that difficult. All you need to do is commit to the change which is a matter of believing it is worth the extra money and effort to be selective about what foods you eat. Change can be hard for anyone. When you are changing something as fundamental as how you eat, it can be particularly difficult.
1. Accept the fact that organic food is better for the environment.
While there is some debate about whether the environmental benefits from organic farming are significant, this is not surprising. Conventional farmers have a lot to lose if the shift towards organic food continues to grow. The arguments are complicated. But, at a very basic level it is easy to understand how the use of pesticides is harming the environment and why organic farming is better for Mother Earth. In the article, What Eating Organic Food Does for the World, Huffington Post claims that eating organic means rejecting farming practices designed to overpower nature’s own ecological system by “rigging the system” with chemicals.
2. Make buying easy and order organic food from Amazon or a health food store.
Take the hassle out of finding and buying organic food by ordering it online. By making it easy and painless to buy organic, you are more likely to follow through with your plan to make the change to organic food.
3. Strategically buy organic foods for certain “dirty foods” known to be unhealthy and buy non-organic for the rest to save money.
The benefits of buying organic food aren’t equally distributed. According to The New York Times article, “Five Easy Ways to Go Organic, some vegetables and fruits have relatively low levels of pesticides present as compared to other foods. For example, avocados, oranges, broccoli, onions, asparagus, bananas can be purchased as non-organic options. CNN reports that certain “dirty foods” known for containing high levels of pesticides such as potatoes, apples, celery, lettuce, kale, strawberries, peaches, spinach, cherries, grapes and nectarines should always be purchased as organic choices since they contain higher amounts of pesticides.
4. Do it for your kids or family members.
There is no denying the fact that the people that love you want you to live a long life and to be healthy. Most of us will make the effort for others, sometimes when we don’t really want to do it ourselves. Being a responsible adult means making decisions about yourself for your family at times. Whether it means going on a diet, quitting smoking, or eating organic sometimes we do it so we won’t be a burden to our family. It is hard to argue with the fact that eating food free of pesticides could possibly be a bad decision. While there is some debate about the extent of the damage done by pesticides, few people will argue that they believe it is better to eat more pesticides.
5. The food tastes better.
Be selfish about it. Organic food is fresher and tastes better. That makes it an easy choice.
6. Eat organic to preserve the wildlife you love.
NPIC warns consumers about how pesticides poison wildlife. It can happen in many ways. Animals can eat plants or vegetables treated with pesticides or simply drink water contaminated with pesticides.
Jumping on the organic bandwagon doesn’t have to be hard. When you consider that you are doing it for your family and yourself, it can make it easier. It doesn’t have to be a tough transition if you follow the steps above. Eating healthier is good for the planet and for you.