Organic Food and Beverages
Buy Organics: Where and How?
Buying Organic Food - Part 3
Organic Food Markets and More
Buying organic food, and ways of doing it easily and affordably. Organic is a healthy food choice. Buy from organic food markets and online organic food stores. Foods to buy organic include fresh, canned, dried and/or frozen fruit, vegetables, meats, grains, and dairy.
Buying Organic Food: A Healthy Food Choice
Many people believe that buying organic food is costly. However there are a number of ways to buy organic food inexpensively; and even growing organic food efficiently can save money.
One of the ways we save is by working a fairly large vegetable patch in the garden. If you want to grow your own, discover how to set up your own organic vegetable garden.
Growing our own organic vegetables and fruits saves us a lot of money and there is a lot of satisfaction in starting a garden from seed and watching it grow. You can garden in your back yard, or on your patio or balcony. You can also grown an organic herb garden indoors on your kitchen window sill (or another window in your home).
Buy from Local Organic Food Markets
What we don't grow, we buy from local organic food markets and stores. There are a number of local organic farms that have a small roadside market stall; or that allow you to order online for pick-up and/or delivery to your home. We also buy organic food online (there are a number of different organic food home delivery schemes all around the world) for products that are not grown locally: such as canned organic soups and vegetables and frozen organic meats.
Often it can be cheaper to buy from organic box schemes and local farmers. Many countries support the purchase of organic food and provide research and analysis of organic farming and production. The Food Ethics Council's mission is to help create a food system that is fair and ethical; it provides independent advice on farming and on food ethics. It also provides support to, and advocacy on, issues such as genetic modification, water scarcity, climate change and other environmental and food related concerns.
Check our directory of organic food suppliers to find your local supplier. We will continue to add suppliers as we find them (consider sending us your best recommendations via our Healthy Food Trends page).
Shopping for Organic Foods: Ways of Doing It Economically
Let's have a look at what Lesley Waters says about buying organic food and keeping within your budget:
Lesley, a chef, has written a booklet in association with the Organic Milk Co-operative (OMSCO), on buying organic food easily and affordably (link for download below).
In the booklet, she points out that her UK family of four switched to organic milk for less than £1 per week. That's about 15p per day for four people to be rid of the chemicals and hormones found in non-organic milk.
On top of that, for the same 15p per day, these four people benefit from higher nutrition and the lovely, warm and satisfying feeling of contributing to animal welfare and environmental health. Lesley of course has the added satisfaction of providing her children with the best milk for their health.
She also makes a significant point about meat. I quote -
Following Lesley's example would mean eating good quality organic meat, still getting plenty of protein and a healthier digestive system. All the advantages mentioned above in relation to organic milk are there for the taking too.
The booklet provides many other ways of making the transition to organic food, easily and affordably. For instance, buying vegetables and fruit in-season is usually cheaper, as is buying from local farm shops and farmers markets. Box-schemes are also booming as a way to buying more cheaply.
This is a handy booklet for anyone wanting to make the switch, even if its a partial switch. It contains some great organic recipes as well as sound advice.
OMSCO is presently updating their website but once it's been updated, check out this site - they used to have really good information on buying organic food.
Save money on your food shopping budget for organic food by using organic food coupons.
Eating a healthy food choice - one that is healthy for you and the planet - means growing, buying, cooking and eating local, organic, sustainable, and ethical (SOLE) foods.
Natural Soil Aeration
Soil with a good population of worms in it is a healthy soil. If your existing soil has plenty of worms then you just need to keep them happy while your vegetables grow.
Worms in your soil keep it aerated and maintain a functioning drainage system. Worms are, in effect, tilling your soil.
Worms do not destroy the soil structure or pollute the environment with petrol fumes and residues (as heavy machinery do).
By creating space with their burrowing, worms allow air to circulate, water to drain, and roots to grow.
More on Worms: What do Worms Eat?
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