I promise you, I am the last person to believe anything that's reported on 60 Minutes, but their Sunday night story called "Poisoned" was enough to remind me that when I buy non-organic produce I am undeniably consuming an unknown plethora of chemicals. Whether or not these chemicals (pesticides, fungicides, waxes etc.) are harmful to us is a hot debate and only you can be the judge of what you're comfortable with. I always try to buy organic when I can, Safeway has a mediocre organic range of produce that I buy on a regular basis, and I always insist on buying organic dairy. But, when it comes to basic produce I have recently slipped off the organic bandwagon. Mostly because it just seemed inaccessible. I don't have a car during the week so there is no local organic market available to me. Just last week I was eating a crispy sweet Jonathan apple when I noticed this white waxy residue all over the skin despite the fact that I'd washed it. I hurried over to wash it again but the wax just would not come off. Cringe! I don't care how "harmless" they claim these waxy substances are, they are simply not what I want to be putting into my body. I mean, if I got rid of my microwave because it gave me the creeps, surely organic produce should be on my priority list. So, I did a little research and found a wonderful organic delivery company that delivers throughout Melbourne.
My first weekly "mixed box" arrived today filled with seasonal and organic produce to use for the week. I especially love this concept because I can look online and find out in advance which fruits and vegetables will be delivered to me for the week and plan my seasonal meals around those foods. I am actually pretty sure that this weekly delivery is actually delivering more savings as even though it's organic, it is all seasonal, and relatively cheaper than the unseasonal varieties of fruit and veg I would buy unknowingly at the super market.
So what foods do we consume in our house that aren't organic? I can list them on one hand-
herbs, spices, salts, seasonings, oils and vinegars
specialty foods like coconut milk, dessicated coconut
some grains I buy in bulk like rice, couscous and barley
I'll never be able to completely eradicate all of the chemicals from my menu, unless I become a permanent vegan raw foodie, but I feel really good about this little change I've made for our growing family.
Organic delivery is a popular and global phenomena, I used to have boxes delivered to my place in Toronto, Canada and to my place in Sydney. Google it and give it a go for week- you have nothing to lose and so much to gain!