If your budget permits, always aim to eat organic food. Many people think there’s nothing wrong with eating strawberries grown in California and then shipped to Riyadh. But several studies have shown that foods laden with pesticides are not as nutritious. Add to that the transport costs of your food being flown over 2000miles to get to you, whilst being preserved with added chemicals, you can see why I will always suggest LOCAL organic over American imported foods. At the end of the day, people will do what is best for their family. Inshallah there will be many more organic farmers in Saudi over the coming years, so more people can benefit.
For now, we have to stick to what is available in the market. Here is the complete list of organic food outlets in Saudi Arabia. Please click here for detailed information on the organic food home delivery service available in Riyadh.
SHARE and PRINT OUT! I want everyone to be healthy, and even if you can only switch one food to locally grown organic, then you will benefit both yourself and your local community. As Saudis, we should aim to propel our country forwards and we can only do this through eating sustainably and supporting our local farmers as much as possible. King Abdullah already has so many incentives for us to start farming and yet young people rarely give this a thought. I wish I could explain to these people just how being lazy today means their food budgets could be 75% of their incomes in the future. Since I can’t, May Allah guide them and provide them with many opportunities.
Furthermore, I want to add some information about the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean Fifteen.” These are the twelve foods most commonly contaminated with pesticides and the fifteen least contaminated foods. The research was carried out by EWG, which is a group based in USA.
Despite the research saying corn is in the clean fifteen, I would avoid all non-organic corn since it will have been tainted with the GMO seeds.
Another piece of advice, always eat in season. Stop eating strawberries in winter as it is a summer fruit. Sometimes, many of the larger supermarkets have so many imported foods, you are confused about what is seasonal. In this case, always go to the local vegetable stores to see what is available to give you an idea.
Much of the above information will fall on deaf ears, but if I manage to convince one person to switch one food from non organic to organic, I will be extremely joyful. So share, print and spread the message.