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Organic Food: Can You Eat Organic on a Budget?

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Organic foods have flooded supermarket shelves in the recent years. There almost isn’t a fruit, vegetable, dairy or meat product that does not have an organic alternative. Organic products are better for the planet, help sustainable farming and aim to preserve our planet for our children. We can play our part in helping the environment by swapping just a few products in our basket for organic ones, without it costing us a fortune.

The title “Organic” means that the food or meat has been produced without using chemicals or pesticides in the production process. Fruit and vegetables are grown naturally, without spraying fertilisers on them; and meat is sustainably produced without supplementation and is fed plants that were also grown without the support of chemical fertilisers or pesticides. This method of farming and meat production is much better for the environment, as no unnatural substances are involved. This means that air, soil and water pollution are at a minimum level, and we can preserve the planet by making organic choices.

The store prices of organic products are known to be much higher than those of the same regular products, however, this is not exactly true. The price is dependent on the cost of production and the difference in the time that it takes to grow the organic product, compared to the regular option. Some products will require a lot more care and attention than others when they are produced organically.  

Which products don’t have much of a price difference between organic and non-organic and which ones should you avoid? NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have done a research study on which products have a high price increase, and which you can swap just for a few pence. They looked at 17 products and their organic alternatives from major supermarkets to discover some very interesting findings.

Organic mushrooms, hummus, onions and milk have the lowest price difference, and will make minimal impact on the number at the end of your shopping bill. However, products such as organic meat, tinned baked beans and vegetables can completely destroy your wallet. The product with the highest price increase turned out to be a whole chicken, with an average of £10.97 for organic and £3.35 for the regular version.

Making wise choices in the supermarket can allow you to save your money and still eat foods that are organically grown, thus getting products that are better for the environment and taste better too. Organic products have not been proved by academic studies to improve health or provide additional nutritional benefits, but they can taste better and be of better quality.

Buying organic products can be easy and does not have to be costly, you just have to look at both options and compare the price difference when you are at the supermarket. We all can do good for the planet without it costing us a fortune.

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