I’ll comment and compare on health, taste and money. These 3 criteria are important and should be reviewed.
Health and Organic food
I’m not in the medical field, I’ll avoid any remark I didn’t observe about myself and as a father
First Organic food didn’t cure my daughter’s allergies but it did help tremendously. A year ago she was taking 1 anti-allergy pill a day that could go up to 3 a day on bad days. She cut back to 2 a week on bad weeks. I think that all the chemical processing destroys natural anti allergen which needed to be supplemented by chemicals. The switch didn’t occur overnight but overtime and her reaction to allergens decreased considerably.
Headaches, in the morning, I always had a lingering headache which sometimes obliged me to take over the counter medications. Since we eat Organic Food my morning headaches are almost gone – once in a while, tension headaches are still acting out and need medication but the lingering ones are gone. I think that chemical additive in processed food might be the cause for those headaches because when I can’t eat organic food 2 or 3 days in a row I wake up with a headache.
With Organic Food, not huge changes in our health but enough to notice a difference.
Flavor and taste eating organic food is very noticeable. According to my daughter to biggest difference is with organic ice cream which can be easily compared to highly expensive artisanal ice cream but for a cost slightly higher than big box ice cream.
Organic Vegetables also have a noticeable taste difference mainly due to how it’s grown – in season where it should be grown and not artificially grown faster using chemicals. The last organic tomato I ate tasted like the ones I harvest in my garden in the middle of summer. Huge difference with big box ones.
Organic Meat is also very different by its taste and texture maybe due to the lack of growth products used to raise the animals even worse the hybrid engineering done to animals to have quick growth. A good example is with chicken it can go from ready to be butchered in 8 weeks (industrial) to 20 weeks (organic free range), yes that’s less than half of the time but the flavors and texture are so different that the extra cost is almost enjoyable.
When it come to chicken be aware of some big box trickery for example – barn raised chicken doesn’t mean organic free range, the chicken never see the sun and can be raised in cages. Cage free chicken, well not in cage yet in a locked up barn with density as worse as in cages. The funniest one I saw at a very well known international big box: Fresh chicken with a label depicting a farm – these are just plain traditional and industrial raised chicken with a cool name and label trying to fool you. Another tricky one is “Free Range” without any other mention could be steroid fed chicken packed in an open barn.
The only chicken we buy are well spelled USDA Organic Free Range Chicken and local. Same with eggs.
I’ll discuss about Organic beef and pork in another post.
Money and Organic Food
Organic food is more expensive than industrial one. The difference unfortunately is not about 25% as some claim but more likely to be 100% more expensive
I tracked down groceries expenses a few months after we switched to organic and I noticed that our visits went from $200 to almost $400. I drilled down and did some research to find out if we were buying more or that the cost was way higher.
The result is that Organic Food is way more expensive. For example: Traditional Milk is less $3 a gallon we pay now $3.50 for half a gallon of Organic Milk in glass container. Thick Organic Pork chop are at $7.29/lb vs. $3.59/lb at the big box. Organic Fresh Salmon almost $15 per lb compared to the frozen farm raised at less than $5 a lb – 3 times the price – don’t ask me how these are raised
Bottom line, Organic food is more expensive, much more expensive but it way better for your health and taste buds. It is better for your wallet in the long run as it develops local jobs and help with environment – this will be the subject of yet another post.