does organic food always have to cost more?

does organic food always have to cost more?

Does eating organic always have to be more expensive? A few weeks ago I ordered an organic meat box from Abel and Cole - it included 6 braising steaks, 16 pork sausages, 8 pork steaks, 8 chicken drumsticks and 8 burgers (a fair bit of meat!). Now I don't eat a lot of meat in the week, probably only twice a week, so I put most of it into the freezer to last me a couple of months. How much did all this come to?£27.50.

Monday morning coming into work I was thinking about what to write for the blog, to tie in with Surinder's Eating on a Budget video and thought I'll just do a price comparison between this meat box and the equivalent on Tesco Online.

The result? Well the exact, same items on Tesco Online, but non-organic, came to£28.50! So non-organic at Tesco costs more than an organic meat box from Abel and Cole! I was very surprised by this, not only had I saved a pound (every little helps... (sorry, I couldn't help myself...)) but it was organic meat!

So organic doesn't have to cost more.

There are loads of other organic companies out there that offer meat boxes and most of them come straight from the farm.

And often shopping at farmers markets can be even cheaper than this, and it's usually all free-range or organic - and usually local produce, especially if you buy what's in season. For example, at the Alexandra Palace Farmers Market I can buy 6 free-range eggs for£1, just by opting to buy the ones that don't have "perfect" shells - they taste and look exactly the same on the inside. At a supermarket,£1, wouldn't even buy me battery-farmed eggs.

As we mentioned last week about the quiet revolution in food production happening particualrly in cities like London but also across the rest of the UK - you can read more about it and see the documentary Best Before here.

Plus let's not forget that in terms of nutrients, buying local can be better than buying something organic that has had to be shipped across the world. As soon as fruit is picked or vegetables are harvested, they begin to lose nutritional value - so going for local fresh might be better in the end than organic from across the other side of the world. Not only does the shipping itself use precious resources but it might take several days or even weeks before the food arrives in our local shop.

So by being a bit creative with how and where we buy our food from and by buying in bulk, we can often get free-range, local, or organic food cheaper than we would get non-organic food from a supermarket.

And with local, organic food being better for the environment, better for our bodies and winning the taste test, it might be worth spending a bit of time to see if we can find it for cheaper than our usual supermarket shop.

Use this website to find out where the nearest farmers market is for you in the UK.

And watch Surinder's Eating on a Budget Video to learn more ways of eating healthily whilst on a budget.

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