Even if you’re not exactly sure why organic meat is better for you and the environment, you’re probably aware that it is simply beneficial on every level.
The problem often is that it costs a little more at the checkout than your standard produced meat because on-farm costs are higher for organic meat suppliers.
Buying organic beef and lamb can cost up to 20 per cent extra at the supermarket or butcher’s, which is often enough to make the budget-conscious shopper pick up the cheaper pack in the next row.
However, what you may not know is that organic options are absolutely worth the extra spend – and more.
Studies have found that organic meat is more nutrients than standard meat. This means that in terms of dollar-to-nutrient value, you’re actually getting more for your buck than other options. Higher levels of protein and fewer calories per gram are great reasons to make the switch.
Keeping healthy is the best way to cut down on medical costs, so when you make a conscious change to invest more in your diet, your health will benefit which might see you visiting the doctor less often.
There’s also the environment to consider. Most people are keen to get involved in becoming more eco-friendly but are a little unsure of how to do it. Diet may not seem like a big factor, but it’s often the little things that add up to make the biggest changes. Organic foods are eco-friendly as they ensure there are no pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers used in the production process.
To put that in perspective, synthetic nitrogen fertilisers (that are banned in organic farming) account for two-thirds of all cropping emissions. Think of those extra couple of dollars at the supermarket as a vote for environmentally friendly farming!
If you find it too difficult to stretch your budget to include all organic foods in your diet, remember that even one change can make a difference.