Myth #1: Organic food is too expensive.
Fact: In general, organic food costs more than conventional food because of the laborious and time-intensive systems used by the typically smaller organic farms. You may find that the benefits of organic agriculture off-set this additional cost. At the same time, there are ways to purchase organic while sticking to your budget. Consider the real cost when questioning the price of organic:
- The price of conventional food does not reflect the cost of environmental damage that we dearly pay for.
- Eating contaminated food from conventional sources creates disease and illness for which the cost is great.
- The price of organic food reflects the true cost of growing because organic farmers don’t receive federal subsidies from tax dollars.
Myth #2: Eating organic food is the same as eating natural food.
Fact: Natural foods do not contain additives or preservatives, but they may contain ingredients that have been grown with pesticides or are genetically modified (GMO). In other words, the ingredients in the ingredient panel will look familiar, but they have not been produced organically. Natural foods are not regulated and do not meet the same criteria that organic foods do. They are considered conventionally grown.
Myth #3: Organic food looks as good as conventional food.
Fact: Organically grown produce may look less than its perfect conventional counterpart, but it is free of the real danger to your health – toxins. In fact, deriving the health benefits of eating organically grown and avoiding contaminated conventional food (inc. “natural”) makes organic look even better.
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