Dr. Zach Bush and Team RESTORE always recommend eating organic, non-GMO foods to avoid consuming glyphosate and the damage it causes to the gut lining, which in turn compromises the natural strength of the immune system. Unfortunately, many people simply can’t afford to switch to buying all organic products for themselves and their families.

We want to make sure you know that you, as a consumer, have the power to change the food system. Through the purchases you decide to make, you have direct influence over the types and costs of foods available where you buy your food.

 

Demand Drives the Food Industry

With more than 7.6 billion people alive today and more born every second, demand for affordable food is extremely high and rising. The food production industry – including farmers, chemical producers, and even restaurants and food stores – is driven to meet that demand as quickly as possible, and uses tools like synthetic herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers along with seeds developed to resist disease and the same synthetic additives in order to meet demand while still running profitable businesses. Only a paradigm shift in this massive industry will be enough to change the terrain of the health of our food. Buying organic and turning to our communities to produce organically-grown foods locally is already disrupting the industrial food system and changing the way food is grown.

 

Money Speaks

For many reasons including product supply, labor, and certification costs, organic foods at traditional supermarkets and grocery stores tend to be significantly more expensive than their non-organic counterparts.

Many of our customers we’ve heard from assume they can’t afford organic and are left worrying about the fact that while they are taking RESTORE, they’re still taking in glyphosate and other harmful chemical toxins. The exciting news is, things are changing, and the demand for organic is increasing every day. Since 2012, more than 90 percent of retailers have increased the number of organic foods they sell.[1] Grocery stores – now beginning to recognize that there is space in the market for them to bridge the gap between organic and affordable – are producing more private-label organic products at around 18 percent lower costs than branded alternatives.[2]

 

Fight for the Food You Want

All these changes are driven by how you purchase your food. If buying organic is a deep cut to your budget, check out options like FreshDirect or Thrive Market, where costs for organic may be similar or even less than what you can get at a traditional grocery store. Options are out there. Even switching out one non-organic product for an organic alternative per week may be a feasible way to make a statement with your money, while still affording to put food on the table. Just keep in mind that organic processed goods tend to be even more expensive than purchasing the organic ingredients would be, so avoiding processed goods altogether can protect your wallet (and your health)!

READ MORE: Can’t Afford Organic? Stay Away from the Dirty Dozen

 

Grow Your Local Food System

Get involved in the community and score some organically-grown produce by joining a community garden or start one yourself! CSAs (community supported agriculture) are an amazing way to get fresh food – supporting a local farmer directly to have them grow the food you want gets you all the fresh food you need without all the hard work of growing it yourself. Switching out something processed you’re still buying from the store, or buying smaller amounts of the CSA’s more nutritional seasonal produce, could make the CSA more affordable, depending on what’s available in your area. If you have access to some sunlight and water and a little bit of a can-do attitude, you can pick up planters or even live vegetable plants in pots for cheap online or from a friend and grow your own organic goodies, as well.

However, getting together with people in your community is the most effective way to drive change that will directly and quickly affect the food you’re able to provide to your family. Get out there and change the terrain of your health!

 

References

Consumer Reports. (2015, March 19). The Cost of Organic Food. Retrieved from Consumer Reports.

The Nielsen Company (US), LLC. (2017, September 14). Organic Products are Showing Up in More Places – and for Less Money. Retrieved from Nielsen

[1] https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/03/cost-of-organic-food/index.htm (Consumer Reports, 2015)

[2] http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2017/organic-products-are-showing-up-in-more-places-and-for-less-money.html (The Nielsen Company (US), LLC, 2017)