A realistic perspective: organic food

Organic food is always seen as the ‘natural’ way of doing things. You feel all high and mighty cooking with your organic ingredients. You believe they are chemical free, natural and the best thing for you.

Are they? Possibly yes. I’m not going to claim to be an expert on the topic. I can imagine, like most things in life, it’s a whole lot more complicated than it seems. Should we be aiming to buy it over non organic food? Probably. Again, I’m not 100% sure.

However, what I do know is that organic food is highly unachievable for the majority of us. Not all of us can shop entirely in the organic section because guess what? It’s expensive. It’s also near impossible to buy all organic food. I’ve walked into many a supermarket and I can tell you they don’t have an organic version of every fruit or vegetable. Not all of us live next to a Wholefoods where we can access all of our organic needs. Hell, Wholefoods is ridiculously expensive anyway.

Do I want to be eating something covered in pesticides? No, not really. I live next to a crop field which is sporadically sprayed with various chemicals. It’s really not that pleasant.

The point of all this is that we shouldn’t stress about it. It becomes obsessive and unhealthy. Shop within your means. So, if you can afford to shop at Wholefoods and buy all organic food then good for you. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, for the majority of us that’s unachievable and that’s fine too. Eat what you enjoy and can afford – doesn’t matter if it’s got that organic label on it.

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