Organic Baby Food – An Introduction

What is  Organic  Baby  Food ?

What makes something  organic  and what makes it better for you?

Well basically,  Organic   food  and  organic  baby  food  is any food that is made or grown without synthetic (chemical) materials being used during growth, processing & production. Any  foods , be it fruits, vegetables, grains or even packaged or restaurant  foods  can be  organic  as long as no chemicals, artificial additives or any other artificial ingredients are added to the  food . Including no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are used during growth of fresh produce.

Actually until last century, almost all  food  was  organic . Think about it – Only after the mass production and mass use of chemical pesticides, preservatives and other additives for use in  foods  (around the 1940’s) did ANY  food  become non-organic. – So ‘ Organic ‘ is not really a new trend, just a going back to the way nature intended us to eat  food  and the way our grandparents and their parents used to eat food.

The big thing to remember about  organic   foods  is not so much what IS in the food but what ISN’T.

You don’t really buy  Organic  baby  Foods  because they have more of any particular vitamin or mineral or nutritional value. (Although often they do contain higher levels of nutrients etc)

The main reason to choose  organic  baby  foods  is because they contain NO NASTY STUFF like the pesticides, herbicides & fungicides as well as chemical preservatives & additives like chemical sweeteners, colors or flavors or stabilizers etc. These can be really dangerous & have serious heath repercussions if we consume them (especially babies!).

Have you heard rumors about  Organics  being a big con and “no better” – Well that information is simply propaganda released by companies whose bottom line and profits can be damaged by people changing to  Organic   foods .

Think about it – Many companies would lose significant profits if everyone suddenly switched to  organic   foods . Those companies are scared that they will go out of business or lose a serious amount of profit if people realize how bad the foods they are selling are and how many “cost cutting” exercises they take and risks they take by adding many cheaper chemicals flavors to foods instead of genuine flavors.

It’s in those companies best interest for us to second guess the  organics  thing. I say to you that you should make up your own mind – in doing so read as much information as you can but be sure to read UNBIASED and impartial 3rd parties opinions about  organics . (Much like I have used to help me write my book & I’ll give you links to interesting articles throughout it.)

You’ll find most “studies” which put a doubt over the value of  organics  have been funded by big corporations who have vested interest in non  organic  farming & chemical production. (Anything that is “brought to you by…” or “Sponsored by…” or mentions a lot of one particular brand and recommends them or generally have a very one sided opinion means it has been paid for by that company, which also means they are only going to release the information that makes them look good.)

Also, just think about this – Poisons such as Cigarettes, Lead Paint and Asbestos were all once considered completely safe – We (and governments) woke up to the realities of those products, so let yourself be ahead of the pack by realizing pesticides and chemical additives (among other things) are just as bad as the above dangerous carcinogens.

So, that’s my opinion in a nutshell (which has been formed after a lifetime of reading and more recently of years & months of research) that  organic   food  is better for your baby because it doesn’t have all the scary ingredients that plague most of the foods we eat. – And I know you believe that too or you wouldn’t have been interested in this article!



What is Organic Food?

 Organic ” has some quite specific legal definitions in most developed countries.

In the U.S, all farms or products claiming to be “certified  organic ” must be guaranteed by a USDA-approved independent agency to be meeting the following guidelines:

* Sound records kept of all operations

* No use of antibiotics or hormones in livestock

* No use of genetically modified organisms

* No irradiation

* Use sound soil conservation and crop rotation practice

* And most importantly, that there has been no usage of prohibited materials within 3 years prior to certification, or at any time during certification.

The USDA defines ‘prohibited materials’ as synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and sewage sludge. It is also a requirement that there is no cross-contamination during processing, which means  organic  wheat for example cannot be ground in a flour factory that also handles non-organic material.

Produce grown organically certainly tastes better than the usual supermarket stock. It also contains higher levels of nutrients and far lower residual pesticides. You can read all the latest  Organic   Food  articles and research at http://www.ge-free.com/

In general  food  grown free of pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms (GMO) is  organic  to some extent. Certified  organic   food  is that which meets the strict criteria of the USDA as described above. Most countries have their own version of regulation.

 Organic   food  can be classified into two groups, fresh and processed.

There are many additional requirements for certification of processed  organic   food :

* contains a minimum percentage of  organic  ingredients.

* has no added artificial ingredients like preservatives etc.

* is processed free of artificial methods like chemical ripening or irradiation.

Most processed  organic   food  is now available in supermarkets. There are also  organic  only stores in most large cities now, and there will be many more similar stores as the production of certified  organic   food  increases.



Is Organic Food Just One of Many Healthy Food Trends?

Organic foods are one of a number of healthy food trends that is developing into a longer term commitment to healthier farming practices, and healthier food. It is not only that organic food is healthier to eat; it is also healthier for the environment. Other food trends include SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, environmental) and 100 mile (buying from local growers) foods.

Do you know where your food comes from? Are the asparagus you buy in November coming from a local farmer, or are they being flown in from around the world? What does it cost in energy and environmental impact to get the food from the farm to your table? Do you know the environmental impact of eating red meat? It takes 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef.

Large scale food production – often accomplished through genetically engineered foods – is supported by manufacturers because they can earn more money from more production; and is supported by governments who want to ensure that their citizens have access to food (the premise is that unhealthy food is better than no food). There are more than 6 billion humans in the world, many of whom do not have enough food to eat. But what is the cost to the planet of producing on a mass scale?

Genetic modification, chemicals, pesticides, and intensive farming are just some of the techniques used to increase food production. And those techniques have negative impacts on the environment: from changing the genetic make-up of food, to contamination of land and water, to overworking land. Those food production techniques also result in food with less nutritional value.

Organic food advantages include healthier nutrients in the food and better treatment of the land, water and air. However organic food critics are concerned that the higher cost of producing organic fruits, vegetables, grains and meats results in a limited ability to produce on a mass scale.

Is organic food production sustainable?

Some say that only production of genetically modified foods can supply the demand of our growing global population. Organic food has been getting more attention in the media, in stores, in markets and in homes because more and more people are starting to recognize the importance of lessening our impact on the planet.

One way of doing so is to eat locally grown organic food. We have all begun to experience the effect of a warming climate; weather patterns are changing and intensifying. It is time to take action. After growth and harvesting, the average environmental footprint of non-organic food is 11 per cent for transportation, 46 per cent for production and processing, and 25 per cent for food preparation (storing in fridge, washing, cutting, preparing, and cooking).

The goal is to reduce the transportation, production, processing and even food preparation outputs: if food is grown locally and purchased locally transportation will be reduced; organic foods use less processing and because preservatives are not used, organic products are purchased on an as-used basis (no long shelf life for fresh organic vegetables, fruits, meats and grains).

Eating foods that are grown locally is better for the planet: a reduction of food miles – the distance that food travels from farm to warehouse to store to your fridge and then the dinner table – will help to reduce the carbon footprint of our consumption. (Note: the carbon footprint is a measurement of the impact our activities have on the environment; in this specific instance, it is a measure of the fossil fuels used to grow, harvest, store, ship, and sell food.) Support local organic farmers and make organic more than just one of many healthy food trends; make it a long lasting food decision.

In addition to buying locally grown organic food, you can grow your own. Organic vegetable and fruit gardens are easy to plant and grow: you need some time and attention to manage the soil, the compost, the pests but the result of growing organic food is healthier produce and a healthier environment.



Why Do Organic Foods Cost More?

Organic foods cost more due to the high demand for them right now. Many people want to feed their families food that is as healthy as possible. Finding fresh fruits and vegetables that are organically grown can be difficult as not all supermarkets carry them. Plus these stores know that people are willing to pay more for the better quality so they can mark up the prices and increase that profit margin.

Of course organically grown food does cost more due to the way in which it is planted and harvested. Those additional costs though are in the way of caring for the food and for offering methods that aren’t chemical related to protect them. Since more money is involved in making them it is reasonable that they will charge more for such products to recoup the time and money that they have invested in them.

In order to grow fresh fruits and vegetables you need farm land. The yield for organic foods is about 20% less than with conventional methods. That means the land is used to produce less food than it would otherwise. To make up for that loss of product the prices are higher so that a good profit can still be made in the end.

The cost of the processing and to get the certification from the USDA also needs to be carefully looked at. These costs are eventually passed along to the consumers as well. Even though people growing organic foods want to do the right thing for people and the environment they also have another objective. They want to make a profit from the food that they successfully grow and sell.

Yet many consumers out there wonder why organic foods don’t cost less. A ton of money is being saved so that they don’t pay for herbicides and pesticides. Keep in mind though that there is more processing by hand that must be done for organic foods and that can really add up fast to more expenses than those chemicals.

While it is understandable that we want to consume food that is good for us, that higher price is what often prevents people from doing so. There have been many surveys conducted that indicate consumers are passing over organic foods due to the fact that they can’t justify the addition 10% to 40% markup on them.

Another factor is that great deal of the crops can be lost when you are involved in organic farming. This is due to the fact that you can’t always get the food sources to grow and you can’t’ always protect them against pests and insects. The insurance for such organic foods is unbelievably high. These are just a few of the types of additional costs that are involved.

It can be an expensive process to change over a conventional farm to organic methods as well. The process can take about five years to complete. The money lost in the mean time has to be factored in somewhere along the line. So when you buy organic foods you are paying for some of these processing costs too that you didn’t realize had to be covered by the farmer before he could start to make organic foods and a profit from them.

The good news though is that the producers of organic foods continue to grow around the world. Hopefully there will be new ideas implemented that make production more affordable. Then that savings can also be passed along to the consumers. No one out there is getting rich right now from the prices that the charge for organic foods. They are making a living but not taking advantage.



Organic Foods Today

The only way that fruit, vegetables, cereals and grains that can be labelled  organic  is if absolutely no pesticides or fertilisers have been used in the soil for at least two years prior to picking. For meat to be labelled  organic  it must come from livestock that is free range and fed mainly on  organic   food , that has been proven not to have given drugs such as antibiotics. In my home country Britain, the farms labelled  organic  are regularly inspected and certified by the organisations belonging to the uk register of  organic   food  standards (UKROFS), these are the governing body that are given the responsibility for enforcing all European Commission laws on the matter.

Of all the various approved  organic-symbol  organisations, the soil association is considered the best and the association with the highest standards. Check for your own countries corresponding regulatory bodies. The general public’s fears to the damage to the environment chemically treatment of  foods  along with concerns with the  foods  safety has increased demand for  organic  produce by consumers. There have been numerous reports of unexpectedly high levels of fertilisers and pesticides in foods, for example, the organophosphates in vegetables and fruits and lindane in cow’s milk. This exposure has brought a lot attention to the pitfalls and problems of modern intensive farming. Over 25000 tons of pesticides are used every year in the British isles. You can expect even higher usage in countries in which modern intensive farming methods are more common and prevalent throughout the land. Interestingly, despite this recent government surveys have been showing that under one percent of all food put under test scrutiny had fertiliser or chemical residue over the maximum legal limit and roughly two third’s had no detectable residues at all.

It is often claimed that  food  produced organically is superior in nutritional value and taste to  food  that is not  organic . This is yet to be tested or proven. However, many people do seem to prefer the taste of  organic  fruits and vegetable. Due to the popularity and growing demand for  organic  produced  foods , new ranges are produced almost weekly; including bake beans, biscuits chocolate. You will generally find that  organic  produce is usually more expensive to purchase and looks inferior to  food  produce grown through conventional methods of modern farming.

Presently, it is estimated that nearly all the food produce in the British isles is actually inorganic. Inevitably, most of the  organic  produce on the supermarket shelves in imported from overseas territory. However the government has brought into effect the  organic  aid scheme, which was recently introduced to provide monetary support for  organic  farmers to convert traditional  organic  farming methods. We can look forward to an increase in the availability of  organic   food  sources produced in the British isles in the future.

Benefits of  organic   foods ;

· Some people believe that foods produced using fertilisers and pesticides can be harmful to our health and has been linked to Cancer, nervous system problems, reproductive problems in woman and even erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men.

· Taste-wise  organic   food  is often believed to be of better taste.

·  Organic   food  is usually produced using more environmental friendly farming methods and practises.

· Animal reared through  organic  farming methods tend to enjoy a higher level of animal welfare.

Drawbacks of  organic   foods 

· Sometimes  organic   food  can be more expensive than food produced conventionally.

·  Organic  fruits and vegetables will often spoil easier.

· People tend to prefer the aesthetic appeal of inorganic produce

Before I finish this I thought it would be worth mentioning a recent study performed by ‘Which?’ magazine in the UK. It seems to give an opposite opinion to what most people would expect on the  Organic   food  debate. The investigation was, by the magazines own admission, limited and narrow. However, it’s always a good idea to show both points of view. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8340585/ Organic-food-less-tasty-than -normal-watchdog-says.html.

I hope you have found this information useful. My intention is not to make your mind up for you, my mind still isn’t, but give you a basic understanding of the two sides of the argument.



Tapping Into The Singapore Organic Food Market

The market climate of  organic   food  in Singapore is growing by leaps and bounds every year with the growing onset of the awareness of healthy eating. If you are a new distributor who is looking to expand your reach of  organic   food  into the South East Asia region, Singapore is a great starting point. This article highlights some of the ways in which a new distributor can follow to tap into this emerging yet important market.

One of the first things that should be done by a new distributor is solid ground work. By physically visiting Singapore and getting to know the market is a a crucial point in knowing more about the general viewpoints and outlook on  organic   food  in Singapore. Also, connections is important for the widest distribution of your  organic  products. Building strong relationships with potential local distributors is highly beneficial for your business. You can also participate in International  Food  Fares that are regularly held in Singapore to learn more about the market and people’s reaction to  organic   food .

As a new distributor for your  organic  products in Singapore, you should also aim for the widest distribution methods available. One good way to ensure that your  organic  products get the widest reach in Singapore would be to work with and appoint local agents to help distribute your  organic  products. Although Singapore is reputed to be a country where business dealings operate like clock-work, these local distributors have tacit knowledge about the implicit working environment in Singapore and would no doubt, guarantee that your  organic  products gets distributed faster one way or another.

 Organic   food  in Singapore has a small albeit loyal following. It is because of this, traditional  organic  suppliers in Singapore have always kept the prices high in order to compensate for the short shelf life and the small niche crowd. This invariably turns away a lot of first time buyers who wants to try  organic   food  in Singapore but are deterred by the high price of  organic  foodstuff. To increase your market share, a good strategy is to price your  organic   food  in Singapore competitively. A good gauge for a competitively pricing of Singapore  organic   food  would be at 50 percent or less compared to the price of conventional, non-organic  food .

Although price is a major factor for attracting new customers into trying and consuming  organic   food , another strategy would be the differentiation of your products. By using smaller packaging sizes as well as attractive packaging covers, you stimulate and attract attention to your product. In addition to that, you can also state and explain the benefits of your  organic  products to the consumers. Why smaller packaging sizes ? Small packaging sizes subtly encourages first time consumers to pick your product up and try it. To further encourage consumers to continue buying  organic  foodstuff, you can include recipes or instructions on how to consume the particular  organic   food  that they are buying.

In conclusion,  organic   food  in Singapore is a growing trend and will continue to do so as people get more educated about how their choices of food affect their health of not only themselves, but their families. This would mean a continuously growing market for any  organic  importers and distributors. By tapping on this growing market, the new distributor may even gain a large new entrant foot hold in the lucrative South-East Asia market.



Organic Food – Myths Realities And Nonsense To Know About

When your college-age son reminds you that your supermarket foods are “dead” and that you’re simply supporting government-subsidized monoculture farming practices, what do you do? Is the answer “natural and  organic   food “… but what does this mean, and what would you get if you convert to it?

When does a difference matter? Who hasn’t been intrigued during a shopping visit when you read one packet where “free range chickens” have been “sustainably farmed”, while the other packet simply shows the price and pound details for what must be the “alternative chicken” produced by industrial farming and mass distribution means? How do you choose? Is one more “chicken” than the other?

Does the carton showing happy cows grazing on verdant pasture settings along with the words ”  organic   food ” make you stop, think and buy? And what about the buyer’s dilemma when one brand of  organic  milk differentiates itself from competitor  organic  milks because the milk is ultrapasteurized… and in the same  food  case another  organic  “raw” milk claims that it’s better for you, fresher because it hasn’t undergone any pasteurization?

What’s Meant By Natural And  Organic   Food ?

For one, natural and  organic   food  certainly now means very big business, with producer networks extending from Argentina to Calgary to California and beyond, with tens of thousands of retail outlets, and a market value estimated at $11 billion. No other  food  segment grows sales as quickly as  organic   food .

* The Packaging Narrative.

The story-line depicted on  organic   food  packaging conjures up childhood bed time stories, where peacefully bovine animals pass their lives away on idyllic farm pastoral settings. You think “hmmm these must be safe foods, communing with Mother Earth” and so you buy more in a mood of culture rejection of modernity and Big Agribusiness interests. But, is this view valid or simply naïve?

* The Reality.

The  organic   food  reality? Think regular industrial business style operations. Big farms and 24/7 growing operations selling to big warehouses demanding consistent product features, reliable delivery, low prices, mechanization, just like the regular industrial food “house brands”. The pressure for “product standardization” and financial survival rapidly morphs any small scale farming ideal into a business-as-usual operation. True, the “marketing spin” and the adroit use of the  organic   food  labeling “narratives” seems to be passing along some tidbit of information about the food’s origins to buyers. However, is this merely a distinction without a difference?

Benefit Of  Organic   Food – There’s More Than What Meets The Eye.

If the benefit of  organic   food  has to do somehow with how it’s raised, or produced, then what explains the  organic   food  benefit of ultrapasteurized milk which clearly has lost nutritional value due to the high heat processing? Answer emerges from the business reality that the product is sold over long distances, therefore requires big-time shelf life and stability. Transportation logistics converts to a “buyer’s benefit” all with the stroke of a pen.

* Does The Critter’s  Organic  Meal Mean The Steak You Eat Is  Organic ?

What about “ organic  beef”? Turns out that beef you buy that qualifies as “ organic ” merely reflects that the beast was confined to a fenced dry lot and ate certified  organic   food  grains. Where’s the grass and pasture? Apparently, the actual grass and pasture depicted on the package are not necessary to qualify as legitimately  organic   food , under FDA packaging regulations.

* True  Organic  – Complex Rather Than Simplified.

In the rare case when a small farm carries a mixed stock of animals such as chickens, pigs, turkeys and cattle and then truly raises these animals on sun-based pasture grasses utilizing an organized pasture rotation plan, then you’re getting as close to  organic  as Mother Nature allows. No pesticides are necessary, no herbicides, virtually no antibiotics occur. Why? By exploiting the cow-ness of cows, the natural mob-and-grazing tendencies of bovines… adding the co-evolved relationship of scavenging fowl like turkeys and chickens which eat worms and waste matter… you get as close to a “free lunch” as is possible. Wastes from one species become breakfast for another. So, who picks up the energy tab, when petrochemicals are avoided? Where does the energy come from? The sun.

Pros And Cons Of  Organic   Food .

To the extent that the farm land producing your  food  did not use the raft of petrochemical fertilizers, herbicides and drugs, and that the workers did not inhale carcinogenic compounds, and that the land’s fertility and complexity were not compromised, then the benefit of  organic   food  remains indirect and frankly invisible.

* The Moral Feel Good Aspect.

When you buy into the perception and product reality of  organic   food  you feel better about yourself, and somewhere some piece of land and its farmers are also a bit healthier. All good stuff.

* Pricing Pains For Consumers.

Feeling confused? The pros and cons of  organic   food  do nothing to reconcile $4.00 plus prices per pound for tomatoes, or $18.00 per pound prices for beef, or $2.70 price for milk being sold next to $1.80 containers.

* Taste Superiority?

Will  organic   food  necessarily taste better? No. Freshness and delivery timing have a far greater impact on taste, so the local end of the industrial  food  chain can still “whup” the  organic  boys, if the  food  is significantly fresher by the time you buy.

* Nutritionally Better?

The jury’s out on the issue of nutritional completeness. Bottom line, there’s no way to prove any particular superiority of  organic   food  over regular store produce.

 Organic  Pet  Food .

 Organic  dog  food , its cousin  organic  cat  food  and  organic  bird  food  are only three classes of specially produced foodstuffs for family pets. If you’re buying pet food from a major national retailer, then you’re buying-in to the industrial food chain. You’ll pay higher prices. Your pet’s food might be better… you’ll certainly feel better about serving it. But, is it really making a difference?

* Simple Alternative To  Organic  Pet  Food .

Resolve the confusion. Why not cook up rice, add raw eggs and shells, plus break up a multi-vitamin into your dog or cat’s food?



Penetrating Singapore Organic Food Market

 Organic   food  in Singapore is a trend that is picking up and is quickly transforming itself to be one of the predominant lifestyle choices for many Singaporeans. In fact, approximately 58 thousand consumers in the fast paced, and highly urbanized Singapore spent a total of 5 million dollars last year in 2007 for various kinds of  organic   food  and products. Since the Singapore  organic   food  production farms is limited due to a lack of land space, most of the  organic  foodstuff are imported from overseas.

U.S exporters currently have a huge headstart in the Singapore  organic   food  market because the U.S exporters are considered to be one of the more matured and cutting edge sources of health  food  and related  organic   food  promotions in the market today. They are also highly regarded because in general, each of the brands carried by these individual exporters covers a wide range of  organic  products ranging from miso to brown rice and ice cream.

One of the ways U.S exporters can better distribute their products and get widespread adoption of their products would be to pay attention to the preference of the locals.  Organic   food  in Singapore are mostly vegetables, nuts, fruits and rice. However, rice is a staple food in many asian countries and more so in Singapore, since over 96% percent of the population consist of asians. Hence, the consumption of rice is very high and traditionally, exporters who brings  organic  rice into Singapore has gotten very good results.

Also, due to the push from government agencies on the importance of a healthy lifestyle consisting of constant exercise and a healthy diet, the general population tend to not like food that are too salty or sweet. Catering to this particular preference in your range of  organic   food  in Singapore will ensure that your adoption rate will be high.

Position your  organic   food  to be a healthier choice for people. Invest in small but attractive packaging sizes for your  organic  products to encourage consumer trial of your products. In fact, you could even go a step further and do large scale promotions offering free samples to the people and giving them recipes on how to cook the  organic   food .

As Singapore is a small country with a population of 4 million people, its people are highly educated and know the importance of investing in their own health. However, they are also price conscious of the products they buy. By pricing your  organic  producs to be competitive with non-organic  food  and undertaking a moderate promotional effort, a distributor will be very successful in this market for  organic   food  in Singapore. Most importantly, be patient and flexible with your orders and your local distributors since the  organic   food  market in Singapore is still in its infancy stage.



Cheap Organic Food

Is it even possible to put the words “cheap” and “organic” in the same sentence? And if so, where and how can you get this cheap organic food?

Let’s face it. Organic foods are great, but they can sometimes run you more money than your current grocery budget may allow. Before you go and spend your whole paycheck on organic food, you may be wondering if these foods are really worth the money and all the hype. My answer is a resounding YES! Organic food is food grown or raised without the use of synthetic (chemically formulated) pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers. This method of farming allows foods to grow in nature as they were intended. Consider that conventional farmers in the United States spray 2 billion pounds of pesticides a year on crops to compensate for poor farming practices. And do you know where those pesticides end up? In our food supply! Aside from pesticide contamination, conventional produce tends to have fewer nutrients than organic produce. On average, conventional produce has only 83 percent of the nutrients of organic produce. Studies have found significantly higher levels of nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and significantly less nitrates (a toxin) in organic crops. When I first discovered that organic foods might be the missing link to my weight loss and health efforts, I had just graduated from college and was living in a miniature, very expensive apartment in New York City that I could barely afford. In other words, I was broke with a capital B. How in the world was I going to spend the big bucks on organic food? Let alone pay my rent on time? Here is how I mastered the art of “finding cheap organic food”:

1. I stopped buying processed “non foods”. Most protein shakes, “health” bars, and processed foods are actually pretty expensive and when you completely eliminate them from your grocery list, you will save hundreds of dollars. Take a good look at the price of sugar cereals, packaged cookies and cakes, and frozen TV dinners. You will see how the prices of these foods quickly add up. That same amount of money can be better spent on a week’s worth of organic produce.

2. When I started eating reasonable portions, the food was not that expensive. When I really took a look at how much I was eating and how much I was supposed to be eating, I clearly had mistaken myself for a 200 lb sumo wrestler. I had portion distortion to say the least and eating less meant spending less!

3. I sought out the local farmer’s markets. The prices were so much better and I always got fresh food in season. And, honestly, if the price of cherries was the equivalent of diamond earrings, I would choose a different fruit. Go for the apples, pears, or bananas. Variety is good anyway so choose the fruits and veggies without the diamond prices.

4. I transitioned my kitchen and my whole house slowly. I probably did not have a complete organic kitchen until 3 years later. Not the ideal, but I did the best I could. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was my organic palace. Do the best you can, start with a few items and then go from there.

5. Buy organic foods “selectively”. The following foods have been shown to have the highest levels of pesticide residue, so they should really always be purchased organic:

Fruit:

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Strawberries
  4. Nectarines
  5. Pears
  6. Cherries
  7. Red Raspberries
  8. Imported Grapes

Vegetables:

  1. Spinach
  2. Bell Peppers
  3. Celery
  4. Potatoes
  5. Hot Peppers

Animal Products

*Always look for animal products (meats, poultry, and dairy) that have no added antibiotics and growth hormones. Ingesting meats that have been injected with these harmful substances is equivalent to eating the hormones and antibiotics themselves. Very dangerous!

The following foods tend to be lower in pesticide levels so can be purchased conventional if necessary:

Fruits:

  1. Pineapples
  2. Plantains
  3. Mangoes
  4. Bananas
  5. Watermelon
  6. Plums
  7. Kiwi Fruit
  8. Blueberries
  9. Papaya
  10. Grapefruit
  11. Avocado

Vegetables:

  1. Cauliflower
  2. Brussels Sprouts
  3. Asparagus
  4. Radishes
  5. Broccoli
  6. Onions
  7. Okra
  8. Cabbage
  9. Eggplant

There is no material item that comes close to matching “feeling good” about yourself. Take a look at where you’re spending your money now and figure out how to cheaply fit organic foods into your budget (even if it’s a slow transition). I promise that if it was doable for me, it’s doable for you too!



Organic Food Stores

If you have decided that you are going to start making some changes in your life and want to take better care of yourself, a good start would be to look for organic food stores. This is where you will be able to introduce a great deal of healthy and chemically free foods into your new life. There are many stores like this that are cropping up today and they offer a vast variety of products that are meant to improve your overall health through better eating habits.

Anything from fruits and vegetables to pastries, meats and breads to dairy products can be found at organic food stores. This means that you can have a one stop shop in a location that offers it all. Due to the fact that this type of store only offers healthy solutions, the cost for the foods that you want will not be as high as if you were purchasing them from a regular grocery store.

Something For Everyone

When it comes to organic food stores, you will find that there really is something for everyone. If you are someone that likes fresh cold fruit or vegetables to either cook with or snack on, this is a great place to find them. This is because the organic produce is second to none in terms of healthy choices and quality products. The same can be said for any meats that you may be thinking about. They usually have a meat department and this department is chocked full of excellent chemical and hormone free meat products. This section of these stores can offer fish and seafood products just as easily as it can offer steaks from grass grazing organic beef.

Finding what you need to make the healthy choices is anything but difficult when you are shopping at organic food stores. You will not have to worry about going with products as a second alternative because these stores are well stocked and provide a complimentary list of products to choose from.

Straight From The Farm

If you have decided that shopping at organic food stores is the best way to ensure fresh quality foods, your assumption would be correct. This is because there really is no middle man in regards to the foods that the stores sell. The farmers send the foods directly to the stores and completely bypass the notion of the foods sitting in wholesale warehouses. At stores that you are buying your organic products from, foods can only be on shelves for so long without being sold before they are pulled. This is to show you that they mean what they say when it comes to the utmost freshness and quality.

Organic food stores are not shopping nightmares with a bunch of people trying to peddle odd lifestyle changes on you, they are a store that understands the needs and desires from people looking to better their lives. This can start with healthy eating and this is where the stores are going to be there to help you get what you need.