Every Sunday I go to the grocery store to buy our groceries for the week. As we are trying to eat healthy and get back to basics-we buy a lot of fruits and vegetables, both raw and frozen.
It never fails to amaze me how much more the organic varieties are compared to the “regular” fruits and vegetables.
I used to ask myself if it was worth it and I answered myself that of course it was not!
We do not buy organic-I don’t think it’s worth it! And although I have been criticized for it–It is MY CHOICE. Here are my reasons why:
How do I really know that the organically labeled produce was actually grown organically? I don’t! I’m taking the word of the company that created the labels.
And the definition of “organically grown” only means “USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines, addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives.” (USDA.com)
What? Exactly what does that mean? In my mind it means some families have their own farms and they grow their crops the best they know how without the help of modern science.
I’m good with that and I think it is a noble profession. Congratulations to those families and the love they have of their way of life. I celebrate them for it, because that is their choice.
But in our wonderful capitalist society we have competition and I also have a choice and for me the choice is to pay less for my produce so I can buy more of it.
In order to grow food organically–by federal guidelines–you must use more land, more water and “natural” pesticides such as copper sulfate. Copper sulfate is a natural product, so it falls under the “organic” guidelines–but this product when ingested in a certain amounts can cause vomiting and gastrointestinal problems. No thanks.
Additionally, I also don’t buy organic because it takes more land to grow organic food. In a world that is continually growing (we are over 7.6 billion people now!) and with so many people worried/arguing/protesting about world hunger it seems like a great waste of resources in a world where so many people go hungry.
Only in America are we so full of ourselves that we feel that we should strive to eat only organically grown foods so we can “be healthier”, so we can “protect and preserve the earth”, so we can “lead the world by an example” by going against the “big corporate world” that is trying to “control what we eat.”
Think about all the other people in the world that are not worried about eating healthy or being socially conscious as they eat–they just want to EAT.
But I think the biggest reason I don’t buy organic produce is because it’s a huge marketing scheme to make (primarily) Americans feel that the only way to eat healthier is to eat organically and I know that to be untrue.
Marketers are brilliant people–and they do their job well. They can make multitudes of people believe that regular fruits and vegetables are bad for you and that if you don’t have the money to shell out for organic–then well poor you, at least you can eat a regular apple–that’s better than nothing at all!
A person recently told me that they eat organic strawberries because they had less calories than regular strawberries. I was going to correct her–but she was enjoying those strawberries so much–why burst her bubble? The marketers certainly did their job on her.
It comes down to this–we are so fortunate to have choices. If you choose to buy organic and you can afford to do so, more power to you. Do that if that is what you want to do. I am not stopping you or trying to convince you otherwise. And I do not have to believe what the marketers (or movie stars) say, if I don’t want to. So I decide to spend my dollars on good old regular produce. That is my choice.
What are your thoughts about organically grown foods? Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And enjoy your fruits today!