There are a few ways you can buy organic in the supermarkets. Fresh produce, meat and cupboard staples.
Buying organic has some obvious benefits. No synthetic pesticides or insecticides are used in growing the food, meaning better health for you, the farmer, the soil and the local fauna. But, buying organic produce also has it’s downsides. It’s often more expensive, the selection in Coles and Woolies is limited and frustratingly, the fresh food is almost always wrapped in plastic.
If buying 100% organic fresh food is not an option, stick with the Dirty Dozen. These are the fruits and vegetables which are best brought organic. For everything else, you can wash them, but read this guide first. Another way to save money is to buy frozen food. Frozen organic berries, bananas and vegetables often cost less than their fresh counterparts.
Organic cupboard staples are pretty easy to find, and often there’s little price difference to the non-organic food. Almost every type of food has an organic option from tinned tomatoes and spices to cereal and yogurt. Both supermarkets have a health food aisle, this is a great place to start. For everything else, you will find the products mixed amongst all the other brands on the shelves. it might take a little longer to find everything you need on your first shop but you will know where to find them next time. Macro Organics is the main brand in Woolworths, the packaging is purple and white. Coles have their own organic brand with packaging which is white and green.
For meat, see the tips below.