Organic food consists of meat, fruits, vegetables and pulses which are grown, reared and farmed without the use of man made pesticides, fertilisers or chemicals. Going organic means food which is much richer in nutrients, it also doubly enhances the nutrients of the soil, which is then passed onto other plants an animals in a wonderfully organic chain of goodness.
Organic produce isn’t cheap however and this can often be something which puts off many consumers. It’s easier to forget about the impact of your health and the environment when your shopping comes in at double the price. But is this just a by product of inefficient shopping?
Surprisingly with a little effective planning, organic food consumption on the whole doesn’t need to break the bank. Especially when you combine it with reducing food waste.
Food bills tend to be high largely because we waste so much. We don’t plan meals and therefore vegetables go off before we’ve had chance to use them, bread goes stale before we finish the loaf and cupboards piled high with produce tends to result in us forgetting what we actually do have. Or another common food waste culprit is shopping on an empty stomach. Many food bills can wind up around 20% higher when you shop hungry.
Avoiding waste when cooking can be surprisingly simple. With organic veggies, you get to use the whole food, so everything is edible. No peeling is required. You can use the cauliflower leaves and broccoli stumps in soups and stir fries. And even whizz up the core of many fruits into smoothies. If you cook a whole chicken, the bones can be crafted into a delicious healing broth. If you don’t get to use the whole broth, you can easily freeze some in ice cube trays and use as stock at a later date.
Shopping around can also help avoid costly mistakes. For me, a local farmers market provides fresh and organic eggs, which are actually cheaper than the supermarkets. Ocado remains a great go to for organic veggies, thanks to its organic bulk supplier Wholegood and my neighbour provides me with free organic apples from her tree – I just bake her a healthy apple crumble from time to time to say thank you.
With a little careful planning, going organic could actually prove more cost effective, not only because it stretches so much further, but it also avoids us being so wasteful with food. Get creative when thinking about where you can obtain items and ingredients from.
Planning your shopping list is key, as well as a little shopping around. But when eating organic looks this good, who wouldn’t want to give it a go?