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>Today is the start of the Soil Association’s Organic Fortnight here in the UK.

One of the big problems with organic, I personally think, is that it is more expensive than normal food. Monetarily that is – the cost of chemical-sprayed, preservative-full, antibiotic-pumped ‘normal’ food is a hidden one.

But when it comes to the end of the month and your bank balance (or overdraft) is about to hit rock bottom, it’s really tempting to say, “What the heck!” and go for the tomatoes you know have grown up being sprayed sixteen ways to Sunday with nasty, nasty pesticides – rather than the organic ones that are almost twice the cost…

If you step back and take a think about it however, perhaps this extra cost isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It makes you value the food you do buy more, and be less inclined to waste. I must admit I used to be a shocking waster of food. I’d see a lovely assortment of apples, or slice of steak, or bag of brussel sprouts (hey! brussel sprouts lightly steamed, with butter or cream and diced bacon are awesome), buy them, and then just not have the time or energy to cook before they went off. As the saying goes, my eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach.

Various recent public campaigns have highlighted this trend, and gave me a bit of a reality check. I’ve always prided myself on being a good cook and a good ecologist, but realised that in this area – actually? Not so much. I’ve since made a concerted effort to plan out my meals and spending so I’m much more efficient, and wastage is kept to a minimum.

One idea I recently saw was to keep a small notebook by the rubbish/compost bin, and write down what you throw out that could have been eaten. After a month you should hopefully have some idea of the areas that need tightening up.

And for some other ways of cutting costs and still eating organic, check out the Soil Association article here:

Organic on a budget

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