Do you shop for certified organic food?
It’s better for our planet, better for our health, and better for the farmers. Buying organic can seem like a big investment, but it is all about value. Something to keep in mind: Organic means that your produce is likely “kinder”, but it does not always mean “better”. But…
Not All Organic Food Is Created Equal
Organic does not always mean “better” and does not guarantee quality.
Yes, that tomato may be free from pesticides, but who picked it?
Where was it grown?
How many hands touched it before you are eating it?
What business does it support?
Is it a packaged good that is truly healthy, or just made with kinder ingredients?
Certified organic produce can still be grown on massive farms where workers are over-worked and under-paid. Produce may be shipped thousands of miles to get to your local grocery store, responsible for the emissions of unnecessary greenhouse gas (and compromising taste). Organic potato chips are still chips and likely not as healthy as eating local, organic potatoes. Organic produce at grocery stores often is over-packaged (we will never understand why organic bananas and avocados need to be sold in plastic when they have nature’s packaging!).
We are so tired of hearing from people that organic isn’t better. It is. Maybe it’s not enough, maybe it’s not honestly organic, but it’s likely much better than conventional. We are generally outraged when media only takes into consideration the nutritional value of organic produce and food, because it involves SO much more than that … for all of us.