A while ago this meme was circulating on facebook and it really annoyed me for several reasons. Also, the higher cost of producing organic food usually makes it more expensive for consumers. So I decided to make some comparisons of the cost of organic and non-organic food at my local supermarket.
You can see that the price per kilo varies quite a lot, with the organic chicken being over three times the cost of non-organic. I also eat a lot of eggs (I like having them for breakfast) and can’t afford to buy organic all of the time.
Yogurt was one food where there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in price, which was kind of surprising considering there were differences in other dairy products. There wasn’t a huge difference in price between organic and non-organic baby spinach.
That’s how I handle the balance of buying organic vs non-organic foods.  Do you buy organic? Organic capsicums (bell peppers) are super-expensive here as well, so I don’t usually buy them either.
That is a good point about the subsidies – that phrase really irked me as well, but it was hard to put my finger on why. I buy organic when possible as long as the price difference isn’t huge (I do make exceptions for local items and zero waste options though). I don’t like the extra packaging either, but I do guess they have to differentiate between the organic and non-organic stuff at the checkout. I like Aldi as well for some organics, but it is hard balancing organic and local sometimes! One of the most important communications of any charity fundraising or donations campaign is the Donation Thank You Letter. A donation thank you letter can also double as the official donation receipt that the donor will need if they are going to claim their donation as a tax deduction (see the IRS guidelines). Select this template to you help you get started with a personalized thank you letter for a donation received. Make sure to get the thank you notes off promptly – usually within 24 hours of receiving the donation. Refer to the original request that resulted in the donation so the donor knows their money will go to the appropriate cause. Why not have one of the individuals who directly benefited from the donations write the thank you notes. The IRS has specific guidelines when it comes to charities, nonprofit organizations and fundraising. The following is a sample thank you letter for a cash donation that doubles as the donation receipt. On behalf of XYZ Charity, I would like to thank you for your contribution of $500 to our Summer Camp program. For over 30 years XYZ Charity has been helping children ages 8 to 17 attend summer camps where they not only have the best week of the summer, but develop skills and friendships that will last them a life time. Because of your generous donation, we will be able to send an additional 4 kids to camp this coming summer. Again, we thank you for your generosity and look forward to working with you again next year.
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Some people believe that alkaline water helps our bodies metabolize nutrients and expel toxins more efficiently than regular tap water, leading to better health and performance. Alkaline water is water that’s less acidic than regular tap water. This means it is rich in alkalizing compounds, including calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.
Many people believe that the typical North American diet contributes to chronic low-grade acidosis – a condition that may be associated with poor health outcomes including heart problems, altered hormonal status, and the loss of muscle or bone. Proponents of alkaline water believe that it can neutralize the acid in your bloodstream and help your body metabolize nutrients more effectively, leading to better health and performance. But before we completely dismiss North American tap water, the good news is that it’s actually quite safe compared to the water in many other parts of the world.
While anecdotal evidence suggests that the pH of water could be relevant to health, so far, there’s not a lot of firm data. Data do indicate that consuming alkaline or “hard” water can increase overall body alkalinity.
If kidney patients should avoid alkaline water, athletes and exercisers are one sub-group who might benefit from drinking it. So alkaline water’s benefits might be more obvious in people who do not exercise, or those who eat a typical Western diet of processed foods. But even if they don’t particularly notice a change, active people might benefit from alkaline water for reasons that go beyond improved hydration. Intense exercise spurs our muscles to produce more hydrogen ions than our body can efficiently remove.
Note that mineral supplements (calcium, magnesium, potassium) decrease cardio-respiratory stress and blood lactate responses, while improving power output in endurance athletes.

Oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) is a measure of the tendency of a solution to either gain or lose electrons when it is subject to change by the introduction of a new species. Glycation is a reaction that takes place when simple sugar molecules, such as fructose or glucose, become attached to proteins or lipid fats without the moderation of an enzyme. Ionized water seems to result in lowered glycation levels and reduced liver damage in rats with poor blood sugar control. Now, rats are not humans, and it is tricky to extrapolate directly from animal studies to human health. Here’s a brief overview of the claims for alkaline water and the clinical research evidence that currently supports them.
I followed up with some of the companies to double check the numbers presented in test results.
If your local tap water is especially acidic, you might be wondering if it’s possible to fix that. You can buy a machine, called a water ionizer, which supposedly creates alkaline water via a process called ionization. Manufacturers claim that these machines allow water to interact with electrodes to split hydrogen ions from oxygen, influencing the pH of the water. However, most chemists say that “ionized water” is a meaningless term, and that health claims made for ionized water are unfounded. On the other hand, JB did a series of experiments with an ionizer and found the water’s pH consistently more alkaline.
He also found that his urinary pH was consistently more alkaline when drinking the ionized water.
Right now, it’s not clear from the available evidence whether alkaline water does us any good. So unless you suffer from kidney problems, you might want to consider adding some alkaline water to your diet.
In it you’ll learn the best eating, exercise, and lifestyle strategies – unique and personal – for you. Firstly, as someone who is on a budget, I don’t like memes that try and make people feel guilty for not buying organic foods. If you’re going to look at the cost of chicken, compare pastured, organically-fed chicken with non-organic chicken or non-local chicken, rather than a bunch of junk food. This is not inherently a bad thing, but nowadays food is cheaper than it has ever been, and this comes at a cost in terms of quality and ecological implications. I do prefer to eat organic chicken, and the way I get around it is to use the cheaper cuts. The price difference initially doesn’t seem like that much, but 30c per egg adds up fast.
I do try and buy as much of my produce organic as possible, but can’t afford to pay $10 a kilo for it. I get upset when I see arguments like the one you showed where they go for emotions instead of using relevant numbers.
And I definitely agree, eating non-organic fruits and veggies is a lot better than eating none at all! Same with stone fruit, but things I eat a lot of, like potatoes and greens I do try and buy organic. But you’re right, we do need to trying to change public policy rather than just changing what we buy.
I was talking to some people today about how producers get certified as organic, and it can be expensive, so sometimes it’s better to talk to the farmers at local markets about how they grow the food.
There was a meme going around a while ago about honey, which said all non-raw honey has corn syrup in it and listed all the bad things about corn syrup, telling people to only buy raw honey. I get the feeling from other bloggers that the organic food is cheaper and more widely available in the US, so maybe we will get there in a few years as the market grows. I wish we would get some local markets in the western suburbs – they seem to be popping up all over the place on the east side of town.
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Proponents of alkaline water argue that even if your pH levels look fine, your body could be drawing on stored buffers from bone and muscle to maintain pH within the ideal range.
And since there are various ways that the body maintains pH balance, if pH is out of whack, it’s important to get to the underlying cause. Because if alkaline water is helpful, that might be due to the minerals it contains rather than its pH level, per se.
For example, if someone has a kidney condition, or is taking a medication that alters kidney function, some of the minerals in alkaline water could start to accumulate in the body.
Because alkaline water may allow active people to retain more fluid in the cardiovascular system, while decreasing their urine output and blood osmolality.
Meanwhile, folks who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet of whole foods might fail to notice much change from drinking alkaline water.

But when disinfectants interact with organic matter in our tap water, disinfectant by-products form. Meanwhile, alkaline urine might help to draw certain environmental toxins and pharmaceuticals from the body, another potential benefit. This results in the formation of rogue molecules known as advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs).
The body regulates pH tightly, and different organs have slightly different pH requirements.
Alkaline water may increase overall body alkalinity, but it’s not clear that this improves health outcomes. Proper hydration helps athletes, but there’s no evidence that alkaline water is anything special in this regard. We may avoid toxins from disinfectant by-products in tap water, but other toxins can thrive in alkaline water. And so far, water with naturally occurring minerals seems to be your best bet as an alkaline water source.
I’ll continue to filter my tap water, and add water with naturally occurring minerals on occasion. Acid-base balance and hydration status following consumption of mineral-based alkaline bottled water. Influence of alkalizing supplement on markers of endurance performance using a double-blind placebo-controlled design. Occurrence and control of nitrogenous disinfection by-products in drinking water – a review. Approaches for evaluation the relevance of multiroute exposures in establishing guideline values for drinking water contaminants. Effects of the magnetized water supplementation on blood glucose, lymphocyte DNA damage, antioxidant status, and lipid profiles in STZ-induced rats. Halonitromethane drinking water disinfection byproducts: Chemical characterization and mammalian cell cytotoxicity and genotoxicity. Selective stimulation of the growth of anaerobic microflora in the human intestinal tract by electrolyzed reducing water. Just because someone doesn’t buy organic food 100% of the time does not automatically mean they live on chocolate, soft drink and chips. Organic food, which does not take shortcuts, is never going to be able to compete in terms of cost.
The production costs associated with producing free range chickens is going to be higher than non-free range, as you need more land to produce the same amount of meat. Also, the organic eggs tend to come in cartons of 10 rather than 12, which means the difference in price is not immediately obvious (it definitely fooled me the first time). I also buy organic eggs from the market where you can often get them for $8 a dozen (66c per egg). Luckily, there is a grass-fed (but not organic) butter that is very reasonably priced, and this is what I buy.
When I see organic food on the reduced rack or going cheaply at the markets I stock up, but the rest of the time most of what I eat is not organic, and I clean it well before eating. Now I want someone to do the same comparisons that you did in my part of the US, to see if we have the same trends that you do. In the winter I have to buy all imported produce (except for root vegetables) so I try to buy the least harmful and use more frozen and preserved.
That might be the case in the US, but it was being shared by Australian bloggers, which I think is irresponsible.
I usually go to the Rocklea ones, but sometimes go to Mt Gravatt as well and they occasionally have some organic stuff very cheap. In my other life I'm a PhD student, so I understand the challenges of eating real food on a budget. There is no better way to do that than to show sincere appreciation to each of your donors through a personalized thank you. Use the optional donation receipt section if you have not already provided the donor with an official receipt or written acknowledgement. This template and the sample hardship letter below are of course only meant to be used as general examples. Until we learn more, save your money: Stick to tap water and supplement with mineralized water if you like. Without knowing the cause, you can’t determine whether alkaline water will really help you.
That’s important because high plasma osmolality is associated with elevated risk of death from stroke.
Drinking alkaline water might enhance the body’s buffering capacity and temper the acidity, thus improving our performance.
For organic chicken, the costs are even higher as there are additional feed and welfare concerns to take into account.
These cuts do come with bones, so you get less meat, but you can use the bones to make chicken broth or soup. But honestly, organic chicken costs about 10 times the cost of the conventional stuff so sometimes it’s hard to stick to.
I really agree with EcoCatLady above that institutional change is more effective (usually) than personal actions. Our local farmer’s market sells organic stuff, often cheap, if we can get it there we do. It is actually a well-written document that does a good job of explaining the requirements in a way that is both comprehensive and easy to understand. No wonder so many of us feel concerned about increased pollutants and contaminants in our tap water. It was just another case of scaring people into spending huge amounts of money unnecessarily!

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