Why is Going Organic a Savvy Choice?
We have another fabulous guest article for you today. It is easy to understand why living an organic lifestyle is a wise decision from a health perspective, but did you realize it is actually more economical in the long run?
Recent studies have pretty much put the debate of whether or not the organic lifestyle is desirable, to rest. Arguably the largest meta analysis on the subject found that organic foods do actually have more antioxidants and less heavy metals such as cadmium. Other studies have shown that organic meat, meanwhile, has significantly higher quotient of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, than conventional varieties.
Savvy families wishing to make the switch to an organic lifestyle often cite price differences as the definitive factor that is holding them back, yet research shows that the alternative can actually end up being far more expensive. In this post, we highlight why what seems more expensive in the short term can actually be the economically wiser choice.
Organic is Cheaper in the Long Run
An important study by sustainability consultants, Soil & More called True Cost Accounting in Food, Farming, and Finance, looked at different products from various different countries, calculating the true cost of these items (incorporating costs posed by water pollution, soil erosion, greenhouse emissions, and exposure to pesticides). Researchers concluded that although conventional foods have a lower price tag in stores, when we factor these other circumstances in, organic produce is the more reasonably priced option.
The study highlights the fact that there are more important costs at stake than the immediate effect on our family budget; true cost accounting is therefore vital to help society understand the importance of supporting companies that have a positive impact on the Planet.
A Rise in the Demand for Organics
Millennials are a discerning bunch who factor in ethics in addition to price when shopping for essentials and luxuries. The organic food trade is enjoying a big boom world round, but so are skincare products and even organic, natural hair dyes that offer effective, long-lasting results without chemicals.
Reports have shown that chemical hair dyes, shampoos, and conventional skincare products (which contain ingredients such as sulfates and parebens) can cause damage to our health as well as our waterways. Interestingly, makeup, skin and hair care are one area in which organics definitely aren’t the most expensive option.
From a health perspective, organics are a savvy choice because parabens and other ingredients are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues, as well as immunological, neurological, and skin problems.
To really make a difference to your family’s health, try to make a room for organics, cutting down your consumption of products (including furnishings containing formaldehyde, skin care products which can cause a toxin risk, and conventionally grown foods) that can harm your health and lead to far greater expense for your health and the state of the Planet, than you may have initially imagined.