I oftentimes find myself standing in front of the sink washing some non-organic produce wondering a few things:
- Is this veggie wash really doing anything?
- Will I someday end up in a cancer ward taking care of my ailing husband or son? (for some reason I don’t imagine getting cancer myself)
- If I am in a cancer ward somewhere, will I be kicking myself, thinking “Why did I buy those non-organic grapes?!?”
Now that I put my stream of consciousness out there, it seems kind of ridiculous. But does anyone else get as stressed out at the grocery store as I do?
If I buy organic then I feel comforted that maybe my family is consuming something that’s generally better for their bodies, in the short and long term. At least that’s what I hear organic does. But if I buy organic, I practically hyperventilate at the end of the month when Jason attempts to balance the budget. Money stresses me out.
Regardless of my decision (which really varies with how I’m feeling that day), I know it is 1) influenced by some level of fear and 2) a mostly ignorant one.
So, I would like to educate myself and develop some kind of generalized philosophy/strategy when it comes to organic vs. non-organic purchases. For me, this looks like taking what I’ve learned, confidently making decisions at the grocery store, and trusting God with the rest.
Here are some questions I’ve come up with that I’m working on answering for myself:
- What is considered organic? How is it produced?
- Is organic really better or am I just buying into the trend?
- What is non-organic? Why do some people think it’s so evil? Is it really that bad?
- Is organic really more nutritious that non-organic?
- Does produce wash really do anything?
I am also very interested in what this looks like for other families. If you would, please comment on some or all of the questions below. I would love to hear what you do and how it works for you–no matter whether you are on one end of the spectrum, the other end, or somewhere in the middle.
I should also clarify–I am talking mainly about food when it comes to this issue, but also cleaning, baby, and hygiene products.
- What (if any) do you buy organic and why?
- What (if any) do you buy non-organic and why?
- Have you found any good alternatives (ie, grass-fed or natural but not organic, produce wash). What was your reasoning behind choosing these alternatives?
- What resources were helpful to you in making your decisions?
- If you buy some or all organic, how do you do so in a cost-effective manner (ie, where are the deals)? If you have to make sacrifices in other areas, what does that look like for you?
- Do you have creative ways you acquire healthy or organic foods or natural products besides purchasing in the store (bartering, gardening, co-op, etc.)? What does that look like?