When you buy organic it means high standards of animal welfare, fewer pesticides, no artificial additives, no preservatives and no routine use of antibiotics.
The reason why organic costs more are connected to the reasons people choose organic in the first place. Weeds can't simply be sprayed away, which means farmers have more labour-intensive work and if we want to eat meat from animals that are not fed on genetically modified feed, then farmers must ensure their animals eat a 100% organic diet - which costs more. Although, as the cost of chemicals to non-organic farmers continues to rise, we are likely to see less difference in price over time.
With organic, you simply get what you pay for but good food is a right not a privilege. We believe organic food should be available to everyone, on all budgets, so with that in mind, here are our top tips for making organic more affordable.
#1 Eat less but better meat
The British Journal of Nutrition shows organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic. Meat is expensive and we shouldn’t see it as a something to consume at every meal or even every day. Just simply eat less, but better meat and make vegetables the focus of your meals by using some of the ideas in our next tip...
#2 Eat your veggies
Beans, lentils, pulses are very affordable, packed with goodness and make a great alternative to meat. Think lentil stews and aubergine-based lasagne. Or, if making a meaty classic, you can reduce the amount of organic meat used by substituting half a portion with beans or pulses. Try adding a handful or two of red lentils to your next spaghetti bolognese. Check out our recipes, packed with quick, mouth-watering recipes for using more veggies in your cooking.