Can eating organically actually cost less?

I don’t know how many times I hear, “but doc, I just can’t afford to eat organically.” I genuinely understand this concern, but I also know that for most people, the cost of poor health and the amount of money spent on healthcare and pharmaceuticals will outweigh the cost of making a change in dietary consumption. I have told most of you, that in me, you will find a patient advocate; which means someone who has your best interests at stake. My goal is to help you prevent disease. Eating whole foods, preferably organic, is one way to be preventative. The amount of chemical residue that stays on conventional food is alarming and we haven’t even talked about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) yet. That’s an entirely different topic that I’d like to expand on at a later time. What I want to share with you today is a comparison that was performed by Colleen Huber, a naturopathic medical student, done back in 2005 before organic foods were as prominent and accessible as they are today. The comparison was between how much it would cost to feed a family of three on a conventional processed diet vs. an organic whole foods diet. What Colleen found will surprise most of you. Her grocery bill was actually a few cents cheaper eating organically! If you would like to learn more about Colleen’s comparison, click here.