find a co-op, go organic
posted: September 15, 2009
This past month, my husband and I decided to join a local organic co-op at The Movement Dallas. I help out with it every other Saturday by sorting all the produce into the almost 60 bins. We enjoyed zucchini, tomatoes, raspberries, mangoes, red leaf lettuce, bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, sweet peppers, avocados, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach. All organic! It came out to be less expensive than a trip to Whole Foods.
Why organic? To be organic, food must not be treated with pesticides or chemicals and isn’t farmed with synthetic fertilizer. Organic farmers use sustainable resources and conserve soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. By eating organic, not only are you bettering your body, but also promoting a better world!
You may wonder if it is more expensive to eat organic. The answer is yes and no. The cost of organic food reflects the true cost of farming. Conventional food doesn’t reflect the cost of environmental clean-up. Some organic foods such as meat and cheese may actually cost less! As organic foods become more and more popular, the cost will continue to go down.
Eating organic not only helps the environment, but leaves you feeling healthy and clean. Want to do your part? Check out local co-ops and farmers markets to buy organic. Research online at www.localharvest.org or www.cog.ca