4 common excuses to not eat organic

While switching to organic food might come with effort, here’s clearing the air on some reasons considered as obstacles to going organic.

Agreed that going organic is not a change you can incorporate overnight into your routine and lifestyle. We’ve been so well habituated into the food and products so widely marketed and so minimally exposed to better alternatives that it’s natural we’ll be hesitant towards change. While switching to organic food might come with effort, here’s clearing the air on some reasons commonly considered as obstacles to going organic.

1. It’s too expensive!

It’s true. Organic food costs are almost double of non-organic food.

Earlier I too felt that I should rather buy tomatoes sold by my street vendor for Rs.10 instead of spending Rs.30 -40 to purchase it from an organic store. The only difference is that now I have realized that both the tomatoes are actually very different. One has the highest concentration possible of pesticides in all the vegetables whereas the other grew without any harmful chemicals at all. True it’s more expensive but I feel it’s better to spend that extra money to eat better. Ironically we think so much before buying that essential one kilo of vegetable but never blink an eye while buying the many packets of chips, cookies, cakes and especially so while eating outside! I’ve realized that I can buy enough organic food for my family for an entire month if I don’t eat one ‘fancy’ lunch or dinner outside and to me that was a change worth making.

2. It tastes the same, anyway…

My daughter and my husband both love bananas. Of late they were just not happy with how Bananas from our local supermarket tasted. Mostly they would look a perfect yellow and ripe on the counter but would turn black and taste ‘chemically’ within a day or two. I can say with confidence that organic bananas taste a hundred times better than the regular ones. I am gradually discovering how much better each vegetable or fruit tastes when it’s grown without any fertilizers and pesticides naturally.

3. I like eating broccoli, mushrooms, lettuce, etc which are not stocked in my organic store.

I am definitely going to miss some of my favorite vegetables that might not be available on a regular basis since they are not grown locally and stocked in my organic store. But there are bigger super markets which have organic sections where I might be lucky to find them every once in a while. I don’t want to let this one point affect my decision as I might still pick an occasional head of broccoli which is not organic but I am happy as long as on a regular basis I stay committed to organic food.

4. How do I know that the food I am buying is actually Organic?

Now this is something I hear most often. I also felt the same way about organic food earlier. What if I am paying Rs.40 for the same tomatoes which are being sold for Rs.10 on my street? There is no one clear answer to this. Now one way to make sure you are eating organic food is to only buy what is ‘certified’ organic. However, it’s not easy or cheap for a farmer to get his farm certified even if ‘certificates’ mean the real stuff.  Another way to make sure what you are buying is truly organic is to actually know your farmer, visit his farm and see things for yourself. I know that sounds impossible but it’s not as hard as you might think it to be. A lot of farmers are technology friendly now – you can connect with them, visit their farm and buy whatever you like. Personally I trust my organic store and believe they are selling organically grown local seasonal vegetables and fruits. I always tell people that this is a decision you’ll need to take by yourself based on your intuition. If it means, research, asking questions, checking, cross checking and even visiting places, do it! It’s worth the effort.

Of course, the greens I am eating might not be 100% organic but even if it’s 50% organic I am happy. It’s at least that much less pesticide on my plate!

All pictures courtesy Chinmayie Bhat.

Chinmayie Bhat is a freelance photographer and food blogger at http://www.lovefoodeat.com/ more


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  • Pat xyz

    Very good argument.
    We can easily go organic, if we start growing many of the easy growing vegetables and fruits.Even in balconies and terrace.