Cost is a major consideration for many people as organic costs on average 40% more than traditional produce and meats. Local farmers markets are a good way to save money and also choosing only the dirtiest foods allows you to pick and choose what you will buy organic and therefore save money.
Many people follow the Environmental Working Groupís Dirty Dozen Listô that is published every year and identifies the most pesticide-ridden fruits and vegetables.
Family And Household
Going organic can affect the whole household, unless you always eat separately, which may not be practical at all. Before making this decision, other members of the household may need to be consulted as they may have strong views either way on going organic. This may ultimately make your decision for you; it may be too costly and inconvenient to cater for both organic and non-organic tastes.
If you are particularly concerned about the impact our food has on the environment, maybe organic is the right decision. The production processes are designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and to cause the minimal about of harm. Equally, workers, farmers and other staff are better compensated and usually have better working conditions.
Some people are convinced that organic food tastes better than non-organic food. This is simply a matter of preference, but is a common finding amongst organic communities. There is little research into this area, so it comes down to a matter of personal preference.
Organic food tends to have much less hydrogenated fat present; hydrogenated fat has been linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease. By reducing your intake of hydrogenated fat, you are ensuring you have a much healthier lifestyle and less chance of getting heart disease.
Despite the focus on organic or non-organic food, the main factor to consider is a balanced diet. Whether organic or not, a balanced diet is still key and ensuring you have a sufficient quantity of fruit, vegetables, vitamins, and the main food groups will be better for you.
Ultimately, whether you should go organic or not is a matter of personal preference and budget. If supporting the farmers and environment is high on your list of priorities, then organic is definitely the way forward. If, however, it is not and you are operating on a small budget, then it might be time to rethink going organic.