The Real Cost Of Organic Food

By September 19, 2018BLOG

As humans, we feel we “need” lots of stuff – money, possessions, status….In truth, however, we have very few basic needs, but one of the most driving of these is hunger. Sadly, we have made the way we go about meeting this need far more complicated than it really needs to be – and our bodies are suffering as a result. So much of the food available to us today is so processed, refined and modified that it bears little, if any, resemblance to its natural origins. Our digestive systems, however, haven’t changed much from the earliest days of our first ancestors. Our bodies are designed to digest and process food in as close to its natural state as possible. The fact that we don’t eat enough food in this natural state is costing us, collectively, millions in medical bills. So, when it comes to eating the way we should, what is the real cost of organic food?

Organic food is more expensive than conventionally produced food. At least on the surface. We may pay more for organic produce up front, but there are many “hidden” benefits that end up saving us in the long term.

Organic Food Is Cheaper Than Healthcare

A recent study conducted by Associate Professor Hettie Schönfeldt, research leader for the Biofortification Programme of the Institute of Food Nutrition and Well-being at the University of Pretoria, found that South African men consume up to 13 974 kilojoules a day, while South African women consume up to 11 978kJ a day. This is significantly more than the World Health Organisation’s recommended daily average of 8 700kJ. Professor Schönfeldt attributes this to the fact that we eat too much food that, while it may be cheaper, is nutritionally poor, with a high energy content that comes mainly from sugar. This has serious implications for our health – and our wallets.

Organic Food Is Cheaper Than Paying For Our Planet

Because no synthetic chemicals are used in organic food production, the practice poses no threat to our soil and underground water. In addition, because most organically grown food is distributed within a small radius of where it was produced, less energy is used for transportation. This means fewer carbon dioxide emissions. Organic food production also reduces soil erosion, thanks to more soil being covered with vegetation (not just crops). This stops wind and rain carrying away the very fertile topsoil.

Organic Food Is Cheaper Than Your Time

These days, with time being everyone’s most valuable commodity, hectic lifestyles mean we are driven by convenience and trying to save time where we can. Because not everyone lives close to a farmers’ market or organic food store, ordering organic food online is becoming more and more popular. This has many advantages – over and above the fact that you get delicious, fresh and healthy food delivered straight to your door, hassle free. When you order online, you save considerable time. No getting in your car, driving to the shops, standing in queues or paying for parking. And no impulse buying! We all know how easy it is to go into a shop with a list of four items, only to leave with a big trolley load! Buying organic food online means you save money because you only buy what you need. This means more time with your family to spend on the important things in life.

So, to save time, money, our health and our environment, why not start your organic journey today? Right now. At the Munching Mongoose, we’re all about making organic happen for you, which is why we have a range of produce box options to suit everyone’s budget, taste and family size. We also offer a wide variety of delicious add-on goodies to help keep things interesting. Ordering your first box is as easy as clicking here.

 

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