Salad Menu - Does Organic Cost More Than GMO?

organic foods vs gmo

Nowadays, you can't spend five minutes in the grocery store without seeing labels for "organic" food. So, what is organic? Organic foods are produced by natural farms without any use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, GMO, or ionizing radiation, and the animals that produce meat are not fed antibiotics or injected with growth hormones.

I went to a local Safeway store to compare the prices of organic and conventional (or GMO) products. I bought only items that were not on sale, as sales change weekly, and I didn't use any rewards or club cards. I only purchased items at their regular price. I also wasn't looking at the cheaper prices; in fact, I wasn't looking at prices at all. I purchased the same types of items and measured them by the weight. 

I purchased ten organic items, and the total came to $38.32. As for the same ten conventionally-grown (or GMO) items, those totaled $31.38. That's just a $6.94 difference. Now you can decide for yourself if you are willing to pay a few dollars more for organic products.

I shop organic because I think the health of my family is worth the extra money. While doing this little experiment, a few things caught my attention. For example, organic produce is much smaller in size than conventional produce. Five organic tomatoes weighed the same as four conventionally-grown tomatoes. Meat was another thing I hadn't noticed before; organic meat weighs less than regular meat, but costs more. The meat is packed to the fullest in the package, unlike organic meat. 

If you are choosing organic, I suggest you don't buy large amounts. Yes, you probably will be going to the grocery store more often than if you were purchasing conventionally-produced meats, but your meals will be fresh and natural.