My Push to be Organic
When it comes to food, whenever possible, I try to buy organic, especially when buying meat. This hasn’t always been the case, thinking on where food comes from became much more of a focus in my life when I had kids. If I wanted to pollute my own body with junk that’s one thing; polluting their’s struck me as irresponsible parenting. My children are at an age where they cannot be self-sufficient, they rely on me for everything. Although my skills as a father are not perfect, it seemed like an easy win to think about looking for organic options when hitting the food stores at the weekend.
Buying good food is not always cheap, my weekly food bill is probably double what it might be if I shopped around and found the best non-organic deals, but it is a price I am willing to pay. That is not to say that my kid’s diets are perfect. Our family eats out sometimes, we know the food at the diner or at the pizzeria isn’t sourced for quality but for cost. Our standards dip when the need for something quick and convenient overrides the need for finding responsibly sourced alternatives.
It is not easy to eat well all the time, sometimes it feels like a challenge. Food goes bad more rapidly when it is natural. The bread in our house has no additives; it can go moldy quicker in the refrigerator than alternative brands can when sitting on the counter. Our vegetables sometimes have the same issue. It is an art form to only buying what you need and eating it all in a timely fashion. Of course, it is only an art form now, a couple of generations ago it was the norm. Today people tend to buy in bulk and keep food in the home for months. My parent’s generation were more weekly shoppers, buying just enough to get them through the work week. Prior to that was the age of the daily shopper; going out every morning to the butcher or fish market and then on to the grocer for the bread and vegetables. Almost all food was perishable back then: you bought it, you cooked it and you ate it. The next day you repeated the cycle and you were healthier for it. In some ways buying organically today harks back to those days: more disposable income goes towards food and it needs to be eaten quicker.
I know it may not be for everyone, I know it can be expensive, if you are on a budget it can be difficult to incur the increased cost for certain food items, especially meat. What everyone should do, at a minimum is read the book Fast Food Nation and watch the movie Food, Inc. It will open your eyes to what is really going into the food you eat and may sway you into thinking that going organic is worth the monetary sacrifice. It certainly spurs me to keep finding ways to make the food on my children’s plates the best it can be, I think I owe them that.