Eating Organic on a Budget: Seven Things You Should Know

| 6/24/2010 4:40:25 PM

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There’s been a lot of hype about organic food recently. So much so, in fact, that your head may be swimming with information, yet you have no idea where to turn or what to do about it. It’s easy enough to pinpoint the organic tomatoes at the grocery store, but is springing for the organic dog food worth the price? How about the organic mattress? And even if the No. 1 expert in the food world was on your local news station tonight saying, “You absolutely must buy organic produce, or else,” could you afford it? Organic foods can cost up to twice as much as their nonorganic counterparts.

Let’s get realistic about organic food. Eating organic on a budget is possible with a little know-how. Here are seven things you should know about eating organic foods and saving money.

Mother and child shopping for produce1. All Organic Foods Are Not Created Equal 

There’s organic in the sense that something is labeled “USDA Organic,” and then there’s organic in the sense that Uncle Allen down the road sold it to you off his tractor. Whenever possible, fall on the side of the latter. Local organic produce doesn’t have to travel far, so it’s better for the planet. It also doesn’t hurt that you get to support Uncle Allen and your own community. Organic foods can still be mass-produced, but I’m betting neighbor Al does things the old-fashioned way.

2. Attempt to Buy Local First 

There are a couple of great ways to find local organic produce. First, visit your local farmers market. Lots of times they have great deals on organic produce, and everything is in season so it should be especially delicious.

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