Why I Don’t Eat 100% Organic and GMO Free
I’ve noticed that a some of my readers have gotten pretty agitated and vocal when I use ingredients such as corn, corn tortillas, canned beans, canned tomatoes and other conventional items in SOME of my recipes.
So above I’ve made a short video above about why. Please watch it!
The main message I want to get across is that we should eat as best we can when it comes to what is fresh, plant based and what we can afford. For me personally, there is no way I could shop 100% organic because of the amount of food I go through feeding others and testing recipes. I spend too much as it is! I also live in Canada, in a place where organic and fresh food isn’t really abundant. Heck most of the “farmer’s market” produce is imported from other provinces and other countries. They sell bananas and mangoes at my farmers market, that is not local let me tell you! It’s kind of like an expensive grocery store, so I don’t shop at the farmer’s markets all that often here. When I used to live in Vancouver, BC there was much more local produce and it was easier to buy, so that made sense. But Calgary, AB is not that great for abundant organic produce. At the store, when an organic ingredient is around the same price as conventional I will buy it, but when it’s double the price I often put it back.
Some items I buy organic because the price is not much more than conventional:
- Baby spinach
- Baby spring mix
- Brown Rice
- Peanut Butter
- Whatever is on sale/special
Also don’t think that if you’re in North America and you buy something that says organic, it guarantees it’s actually grown organically and is pesticide and gmo free. Unfortunately not everything labeled organic is organic and many companies and manufacturers lie (and get away with it). There is BIG BIG BIG money in selling organic foods because it’s perceived to be “better” and people know it costs more and will pay for it. A great alternative is to grow your own organic produce when possible and look for non certified organic produce from small local farms you trust.
So there you have it, and I hope you understand! Please buy whatever you want and let’s stay positive and non judgemental about what plant based foods others eat. We all are on different paths and have different budgets and different access to organic and fresh food.