“To qualify for organic certification, farms have to be pesticide-free for three years and must avoid synthetic inputs such as pesticides and antibiotics, as well as the deliberate use of GMOs, while stressing soil-building,” says Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products, and Services.
Organic, natural foods aren’t just better for your bodies — they’re also better for the environment (though some eco-friendly living experts believe differently). For more eco-friendly tips, click the book cover. And, read on for my tips for saving money on organic fruit and vegetables…
Surprising New Research on the Benefits of Organic Food
You’d think being pesticide and antiobiotic-free would automatically mean that organic food is healthier than conventionally-grown fruits and veggies, but new research on the benefits of organic fruit and vegetables tells a different story…
Dr Susanne Bügel from the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Copenhagen, shows there is no clear evidence to support the idea that organic foods are healthier than foods grown in conventional ways (with pesticides and chemicals). Hers was the first study ever to look at retention of minerals and trace elements; she found no difference in the levels of nutritional elements in organic food versus conventional food.
If you think Bügel’s research is bogus, you’ll appreciate these tips for saving money on organic fruit and veggies — because it can get expensive to buy it regularly! For more money saving tips, read The Best 9 Ways to Save Money.
14 Tips for Saving Money on Organic Fruit and Vegetables
- Choose minimally processed foods (not necessarily organic ones).
- Buy organic fruit and vegetables locally and in-season.
- Use organic beef, poultry, or other meat as a side dish, not the main attraction.
- Buy organic fruit and veggies in bulk, and share with a neighbor or friend.
- Cook as much as you can from scratch — learn how to save money on cooking at home.
- Participate in a food cooperative or organic buying club (see below for more information).
- Buy organic fruit and vegetables and other organic foods on sale.
- Clip and use coupons for natural foods and organic products.
- Shop around for organic fruit and vegetables: prices vary widely.
- Shop online for organic fruit and vegetables, and other natural foods.
- Grow your own veggies and fruits.
- Buy less meat and processed foods (they’re more expensive).
- Research organic food distributors and wholesalers.
- Buy organic fruits and vegetables from the “dirty dozen” list, and enjoy the “consistently clean” conventional produce.
If you need eco-friendly tips for halloween, read 13 Tips for a Green Halloween!
Buying in bulk is cheaper than small quantities — whether you’re buying conventional or organic fruit and veggies. However, huge amounts of food can go bad or bland relatively quickly — especially if they’re all natural or organic! And if you live in a small apartment or house, storage of big quantities could be an issue. Organic buying clubs are your chance to score smaller amounts of organic, natural foods at bulk prices!
Organic food buying clubs are groups that cooperate to buy fresh veggies and fruits from local farms. Members save time, energy, aggravation, and transportation costs. They order their own food from the internet; it’s all delivered to a set pick up point every week. For more eco-friendly tips, click on The Organic Food Shopper’s Guide.
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