The benefits of eating organic have been well-documented. Organic farming has a much lower impact on the environment than traditional industrial farming methods that use pesticides, which strip their soil of nutrients. Animals are raised in humane environments without being pumped full of antibiotics and hormones. And when the food that lands on your dinner table is nearly free of pesticides and other harmful additives, you're ensuring a healthier lifestyle for your family.
But along with all of that, there comes a downside: the cost. Running an organic operation simply costs more. It requires more labor to take care of the plants and keep them pest- and weed- free. Manure and compost are expensive soil additives, not to mention the cost of becoming certified organic. In order for organic outfits to stay afloat, these expenses must be passed onto the consumer in the checkout line. Fortunately, there are ways to still eat organic and stay within your grocery budget.