I don’t spend more for organic, and you don’t have to either.
If you’re concerned about food safety, you don’t have to spend more for organic. All farmers use pesticides (yes, even organic farmers). The EPA has set strict safety standards for the use of those pesticides, and farmers are trained so that we can use them safely. If you’re worried, just wash any fresh produce you buy and you’ll be fine.
If you’re concerned about nutritional quality, you don’t have to spend more for organic. Research has shown that there is no significant or meaningful difference between food grown organically and conventionally. That means that, nutritionally, organic and conventional foods are the same!
If you’re concerned about animal welfare, you don’t have to spend more for organic. All farmers care about their animals, regardless of whether their byproducts get an organic label. Healthy animals with minimal stress produce the best products!
If you’re concerned about the environment, you don’t have to spend more for organic. Organic production actually uses more resources to produce less food, meaning we have to cultivate more acres for less production. The organic program also does not allow for the use of genetically modified crops, which generally use less pesticides and allow us to grow more with less.
So, when it comes to making decisions about what food you’re going to feed your family, don’t feel pressured to buy a more expensive product with an organic label for any of the reasons listed above. I don’t worry about it, and you don’t have to either!
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