Think of it as health insurance. You are reducing inflammation by eating foods higher in Omega 3s, as well as eliminating hormones or antibiotics that can mess up your system. Kinder to the animals, too.
I basically only spend money on food, but I'd like to minimize it as much as possible.
I'm a college student. I'm cheap.
Please reson me into forking it over for good quality meat and eggs.
It's worth it just for the flavour. There's a huuuuuge difference between a nice, orange-yolked, satisfying pastured egg and a tasteless pale-yellow blob of a store egg. And there's no point in eating steak that doesn't taste like steak. I ate grain-fed prime rib roast a few days ago (at a friend's) and it tasted like... nothing. Grass-fed beef tastes like beef.
Buy some of both - whatever it is - and do a side-by-side comparison. If you can afford to buy the calories you need and do it pastured, you'll find a way.
do your own research and figure it out for yourself.
It's highly worth it. Once you go grass-fed, you'll never go back. I gag at the thought of CAFO beef now. It doesn't even taste like the same animal.
You should see "King Corn." One part of the documentary is about what happens to cows who are forced to eat corn. If they weren't slaughtered at their certain age, they would die pretty soon thereafter anyway ... from what the corn does to them.
As my ex-BF used to say: "Pay the farmer or pay the doctor. It's your choice."
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates
One good reason to buy organic eggs - they are a cheap source of excellent protein, even paying a premiumfor farm fresh or organic. I pay $4/dozen. That's $1.00 for 3 eggs. So if money is tight at a minimum buy good eggs.
Organic meat is more expensive per serving, but it has the right kinds of omegas that your body needs. I buy organic ground beef and chicken thighs at Costço. The rest of my eat is usually conventional.
Go in on 1/16 of a cow with people locally. A good butcher can probably hook you up with others looking to cow-pool. It's a good way to get about 35 lb of awesome meat relatively cheap.
If you can find some local farms to get your eggs, veggies and meat from - you can often get it for the same price as the supermarket or less. So you don't really have to 'fork over' for the good stuff. It takes a little effort but it's well worth it. Paying 3 times as much at the store? Not so much.