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Can you lower your living expenses with organic farming?

That is a great question. In California, they are working to legislate proper food labeling, due to modified food products being used in processed foods.

This will raise the cost of foods in the stores, as well as put some companies out of business. Lawyers will of course make a bunch of money and the government will once again grow due to increased “policing” all of those requirements.

Does that lower your living expenses?

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of what will really help you lower your living expenses.

Here is the game of choice.

  1. Does the FDA monitor large corporation closely for compliance?
  2. Can they be everywhere all at once to verify healthy food?
  3. Do you have time to read and understand all of the legal language of the new laws?
  4. How do you know if the food you eat is healthy?
  5. How involved do you want to be in your food choices?
  6. What steps can you take to improve your options?

Let me answer these questions one at a time.

  1. The FDA is a large bureaucracy where most of the people are interested in your health. But they are limited in what they can do, due the fact they can’t be everywhere all at once.
  2. FDA also can not verify all of the food to be healthy, and there are so many rules and regulations that I believe that there is not one person that knows them all. A complex system with many leaders is a hard program to manage efficiently. Thus increasing costs to the consumer.
  3. I am not a lawyer and I believe a yes should mean yes, and no mean no. I do not think changing a definition of a word to get your way is an honorable way of living.
  4. The best way to know if the food you eat is healthy is to grow it yourself. If you can’t grow your own food, find a reputable local farmer and go meet them on their farm. Then ask them if they have food for sale on a regular basis.
  5. The more you get involved in your food choices, the healthier food you can consume. We are all responsible for our own choices. If you do not want to be too involved in those choices, you can always hire someone else to choose for you. You actually do that now if you only buy from the local grocery store or big mega store.

What steps can you take to improve your options?

I am glad that you asked! Here are some that you can do yourself:

  • Write down the vegetables you normally purchase
  • Talk to your neighborhood organic food store and compare prices
  • Find a local farmers market and look for the USDA organic label
  • Choose a local farmer who grows organically and join their CSA (community supported agriculture) group, and if they do not have one, ask them to start one and pre-sell you a portion of their harvest!
  • If you want to grow your own garden, choose a good place to put a garden at your home and start growing!

Lowering your living expenses with organic farming or gardening will be an adventure. Our neighbors children and the parents themselves would come over and just spend time in the garden with us. The children learned about where their vegetables came from and what it tasted like right out of the garden.

Healthy food, learning new ways to save money while at the same time educating yourself and your children is priceless.

We have had many “Garden Parties” spontaneously erupt when we are outside in the garden. The joy of the new growth and eating fresh off the vine or out of the earth continues to be “Priceless” moments in our lives.


You can learn for yourself how we experimented and found new ways to garden, just follow the link!

Search and ask questions, it is the best way to know what it is that you want and need.


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