Going Organic, Is It Worth The Bother?

My parents told me, once upon a time all food was naturally organic, then “they” (the ‘evil’ food companies) started using pesticides and preservatives and they said “you can eat fruit all year round” and “this stuff is better because it lasts longer”, and charged us more for it.

Now they take the pesticides and preservatives away and call it organic, and you guessed, charge us more for it!

Okay firstly what does organic actually mean?

A food label stating that it is organic is giving you a promise that the product was created naturally and was not subject to any type of hormones, antibiotics, chemicals etc.

With regards to organic meat, you know that the animal has lived in good natural conditions, this helps to promote healthier animals who are less prone to illness for the duration of their life.

If an animal becomes ill and needs to be treated with antibiotics it must be removed from the organic farm and sold as it has lost its organic status, according to government online grocery store regulations to ensure that the product is organic.

Of course organic food is more expensive but I’d rather pay a pound or two more so I can be safe in the knowledge that the food was natural and didn’t contain chemicals!

Pesticides sprayers leave what’s called pesticide residue on your fruit/veg. In the olden days they used to wash fruit before you ate it, mostly because it may have some mud or cow dung on it! We are supposed to do this today, to get rid of some of the pesticide residue, but few people do as the fruit looks ready to eat.

Practicalities

When I started to try and eat organic I would drive my wife crazy, shopping was taking her an extra half an hour as she was having to find the organic versions of what we used to eat.

Since then I have learnt that you simply cant live 100% organic.

In the beginning when I started only some supermarkets carried any sort of organic products, and it was expensive (it put about £40-50 extra on a weekly shop if i remember right). Now they are more common and more competitive on price.

You can’t get everything you want organic – all the time – you have to accept that.

However strategies I have used when not buying organic are:

Buying as good a quality food as possible.
Buying from the local greengrocers/farm shops and ask them where the stuff is from.
Buying seasonal, this means more fruit in the summer and less in the winter, which is in my opinion natural.
Grow your own.
Ask people who grow – potatoes, vegetables and salad – to give anything that’s left over to you!

The Day I Decided to Go Organic

The day I learned that the toxic load inside my body was causing me to feel like I had chronic fatigue, I decided that I wanted to stop as many chemicals entering my system of possible.

For me personally this meant my food, water and personal products had to change, from the chemical laden to chemical free.

These changes didn’t happen overnight, it was over a period of many months, I changed one or two things at a time.

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