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Week 17 News - 25/4/21


Happy Anzac Day

We hope that you are having a peaceful and reflective long weekend.

It is so important to nurture our bodies with a diet free of toxic chemicals, radiated produce and GMO, but many people wonder if they can achieve this on a budget. The simple answer is that anyone can afford to eat an organic diet and immediately take steps to improving their health. Please read on to find out how you can too!

Please note that because of the long weekend, the delivery dates will be pushed back by one day.

Remember to have your order in by 12am tonight (we are flexible today as it is a public holiday), and email any orders and box changes to changes@organicbox.com.au.

 

Eating Organic On a Budget

Prioritise your Organics
If you are on a very tight budget, it is important to familiarise yourself with the dirty dozen. These are foods that have been identified to contain dangerous residues of pesticides when purchased at the supermarket, and are therefore important to purchase organically, or not at all. The Dirty Dozen for 2021 includes:
  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Peaches
  9. Pears
  10. Capsicum and Chilli
  11. Celery
  12. Tomatoes
  13. Although not officially on the dirty dozen, it is also important to select organic coffee as it requires a lot of pest and weed control, potatoes as they absorb a lot of chemicals from surrounding soil, and foods that contain fats such as meat, dairy and flour.
Although it is best to consume a full organic diet, some items with thick skins have been shown to contain less pesticides*. These include:
  1. Avocados
  2. Pumpkins
  3. Onions
  4. Pineapple
  5. Papaya
  6. Frozen Peas
  7. Eggplant
  8. Kiwi
  9. Honeydew Melon
  10. Rockmelon
  11. Grapefruit
*Please note, that although these items contain less pesticides, they still may be genetically modified or irradiated, with lower nutrient levels, which can be avoided by buying them organically. Items such as sweet corn do contain less pesticides, but are notorious for being difficult to find non-GMO in the supermarket unless you opt for organic.
 
Studies have shown that people who switched from conventionally grown to organic foods saw a rapid and dramatic reduction in their urinary pesticide concentrations, a marker of pesticide exposure. Additional studies have linked higher consumption of organic foods to higher nutrient levels, lower urinary pesticide levels, improved fertility and birth outcomes, reduced incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lower BMI and reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Use an Organic Box Scheme such as OrganicBox
Buying with OrganicBox allows you to purchase a larger range of organic produce, with a faster turnaround from paddock to plate, and is generally a cheaper option than purchasing from a local supermarket or organic store. You may also find more packaging and plastics when purchasing from supermarkets.
Cook from scratch
People think of eating out as a treat, without realising that it is harming their bodies. Restaurants and even takeaways are very expensive now, and the problem is that you don’t know what you are putting into your body – not only pesticides and GMO’s from non-organic produce, but also toxins such as MSG, heavy metals, plastics and artificial colours and flavours. If you can try to make meals in bulk and then freeze or refrigerate them in glass containers, you are combining convenience with nurturing your body.
At OrganicBox we are planning more options for the near future to help you with meal planning and also ways to use the produce in your boxes that may be new to. you.  We are also looking to reintroduce our meal boxes, so stay tuned for that great news.
Eat Local
OrganicBox in now growing a large percentage of what will be in your boxes as we ramp up our production, and then we also aim to source almost all of the produce in your boxes locally. This reduces transport, making a difference for the environment, while supporting our local farmers.

Buy in Season
Selecting boxes containing seasonal produce will always be cheaper as it is sources locally, easily produced and there is an abundant supply.
For nearly 12 years, local SA family-owned OrganicBox has been delivering truly certified organic food to families in Australia. We only send out the freshest certified organic foods in our boxes, and back that up with our 100% no questions asked replacement policy. If you are not happy, neither are we...
 
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