“Marci, are organic products expensive?”
That was a question one of my clients asked me today…and that was my answer. But I’d like to take it a bit further…if I may…
Of course organic products are a bit more pricey in fact, according to the New York Times organic products are 20% -100% more expensive than their traditional counter parts. But when you weigh the price against health safety issues, the benefits far outweigh price point.
What you should do is look at it this way. Every time you spend a few extra dollars on organic foods you’ll save thousands of dollars on your health care and drugs you’d spend your money on to get better from illnesses.
Also keep in mind that as the demand for organic foods increase, the supply will go up and the price will drop.
In almost every big chain grocery store you’ll find some sort of organic brand that’s constantly expanding. Heck even Wal-Mart has started to introduce their own organic products.
But one thing I do want to stress is, if possible try and start with local options for your foods. Stopping by at your local farmers market, local organic dairies or food co-ops will give you the best and freshest produce.
If there’s no way around it and you must shop at one of the bigger stores then for the organic instead of the regular option.
Helpful Resource: The Environmental Working Group performed an analysis of the most important produce to buy organic. Check them out for a full list of toxic fruits and veggies.
Below you’ll find a pretty good list of what to buy organic (If your wallet can handle it!).