Hi everyone I hope you are all well!
Today we are going to look at the next tool in our kit, we are over half-way through the toolkit and I hope the ones that have already been added have been useful to you!
O is for Organic
I am going to go in to some detail on this one because I don’t think it will mean exactly what you think.
When people here the word organic they immediately think, better for you but expensive. They aren’t too far off the mark!
Tests have shown that organic produce is better for you as it contains less pesticide residue. In fact there should be a number of criteria that are met before a product can be labeled organic.
- It should not have been made using human fertilisers.
- It should not have been genetically modified, including no growth hormones administered.
- It should not have chemical additives, no antibiotics.
- It should not have been exposed to any radiation in an effort to preserve the product.
Many of us have become more aware of the tampering and modification that happens to our food before we eat it. If you aren’t I would suggest you take a look at the Forks Over Knives documentary.
Be warned though, it is a hard-hitting, unflinching and saddening insight into what happens to our meals and the journey to our plate!
As people become more aware they then feel more confident about making an educated decision. Meaning many of us have turned to organic and free-range produce.
People turn to organic because as stated above it has received far less modification, so essentially the product you are buying in the store is almost how nature intended it to be.
Some also look for free-range produce which indicates the animal has had a higher quality of life, instead of the life it would have endured in the slaughter-farms where they are mass-produced.
People are right when they consider it costly to buy organic produce, it can be up to 40-50% more expensive to purchase.
Obviously this varies depending on where you buy the product, you may be lucky enough to live near an organic food store that is reasonably priced or you may live near to a farm that supplies organic produce in your area, at a more cost effective price.
Of course you can grow your own produce but unless you have enough land you will be restricted on variety and it will still come with a cost, financially and your time.
When I speak to people about the subject the cost is normally the stumbling block, people say ‘Yes I would love to eat healthier and buy organic but I can’t afford it!’.
Some tips for minimising cost,
Consider what it is you are wanting to purchase and how much of it you will eat.
For example, there was some guidance produced in America that showed products with skin you don’t eat such as pineapple, kiwi, watermelon, sweet potatoes, onions.
You don’t have to buy the organic version of these as you aren’t eating the skin that contains the artificial pesticide.
On the opposite side things with skin we do eat such as apples, peaches, grapes, celery, cucumber would be better bought organic.
Of course with any fruit and vegetable you buy it is always best to wash it before use, simply because you haven’t been involved with the production and don’t know for sure what chemicals are on them, unless you have a nifty little testing lab in the basement.
Organic shampoo, when will it end?
The other thing that can be off-putting to consumers is, these days you seem to be able to get an organic version of pretty much any daily used product!
These are all more expensive as well which comes back to the cost issue, people simply do not have the money available to make entire swaps of all products to organic ones.
My advice, if you wish to take it, is to consider what is important to you and where possible, seek your own alternatives.
Many of these organic companies will tell you that you can buy their shampoo and it has raspberries in it which will make your hair smell great and they have never applied lipstick to a baboon or washed a squirrels’ hair at gunpoint.
The point is they understand the fact that you are conscious about what happens to your products and they can prey on that the same as any other company.
Once you are significantly convinced that your shampoo was tested on a monkey against it’s will in front of its family you will be more receptive to buying their shampoo at £5 a bottle!
Consider using natural produce to fashion your own before buying these products, you might amaze yourself by what you can actually concoct on your own.
You can actually clean your teeth just with a brush and water, the toothpaste mainly makes your mouth smell better but still contains chemicals that can be harmful.
Eating a raw carrot can actually clean your teeth, another worthwhile tip.
That is basically the message.
Is organic good for you?
Yes of course it is.
Does it cost more?
Yes of course it does.
If you are wanting to make the move to using more organic produce, you have to draw the line yourself.
You have to know where you are going to stop otherwise the likelihood is that you will try to go all in, find it too expensive and say ‘yeah I tried the organic thing but it just cost too much’.
As I said consider which produce is more necessary in its organic form, refrain from being sucked in to buying products that you could possibly make yourself.
You know when the bottom of your sink taps get a bit scaly, my wife cuts a lemon in half and pushes it on to the tap and leaves it overnight.
Yes it comes up cleaner than any other chemical product we could use!
I don’t want to keep banging this ‘natural’ drum forever but these are the reasons organic finds itself in our toolkit.
When we emerged on the Earth someone had already, very kindly, put on it the things we needed for optimal health.
We have strayed from them due to greed, gluttony and laziness.
I would implore you to make gradual swaps to organic produce, sample it as nature intended and avoid the hazardous chemicals and pollutants that engulf our daily products.
What do you think?