There is a lot of awareness around the benefits of organic farming and food. More people are now concerned about the chemicals that go into their body through pesticides and additives. The best way to control this is to use produce that has been grown using natural methods and fertilizers. But the shift from a regular diet to an organic routine is not very easy. From finding a good market for the products to managing the budget and figuring out the best sources of a particular diet plan – going organic involves well-informed decision making. Instead of taking the leap of blind faith, it is better to take one baby step at a time. Here are five steps that would set a beginner on the right track:
- Finding a good source
The best place to shop is at the local farmer’s market. It benefits the farmer as it eliminates all the middlemen in the process of buying and selling, and leaves them with better profits. Online shopping, offers an even wider range of products at low prices with the option of door-delivery. You may even consider visiting an exclusively organic store because the owners and assistants will have a thorough knowledge of the subject matter and will help you with the needed advice.
- Managing the budget
It is no secret that organic produce, though healthier, is also more expensive. For the newly-converted, it is more cost-effective to make the process gradual, checking off items one by one is far better than going for a complete replacement at once. Buying wholesale or in large amounts is also more economical.
- Planning the diet
Begin by replacing each item of your regular diet with its organic counterpart before making changes in the diet itself. Buy food that is seasonal to help cut down on the budget.
- Making food choices that count
Start with organic dairy products as they’re more likely to be consumed every day. Seasoning, spices, and condiments are relatively less expensive; this will help you manage the budget. Slowly move on to organic meats and eggs, which are on the expensive side.
- Growing your own food
What better way to ensure good quality produce than growing it in your own backyard? This is the most cost-effective way of going organic, although it does involve an element of struggle and uncertainty, in addition to less variety. Though this is not exactly a ‘baby’ step, it does give you control over the produce and the farming methods, while also being fun and engaging
The key is to be consistent and to not give-up midway. Remember, your choice to switch involves not just you but also the people and the process that put the organic food on your plate. Not only do you avoid consuming harmful chemicals, but also encourage a system that looks out for the well-being of the farmer and the earth. It is precisely this philosophy that makes 24Mantra successful at what it does best: growing and giving organic.
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