A friend came to dinner last night and brought us a huge bunch of beautiful flowers. I have no idea if they’re organic or not, but I just wanted to say—particularly in case he reads my earlier post about organic flowers—that I love them regardless.
Organic is wonderful, but it’s harder to find and it’s more expensive. To eat healthy organic food on a frugal budget, you need the time and inclination to buy seasonal veggies, purchase staples in bulk, and make most of your food from scratch. That’s not always realistic, particularly for families struggling to raise children and pay basic living expenses. My friend Victoria’s blog post about her family’s experience with the recent peanut butter / salmonella contamination struck me as a quintessential example of this problem. She jests that perhaps…
God is angry with me for eating more cheap, crappy, fatty foods (which I don’t even particularly like) than, say, blanched organic vegetables (which I would love).
To which I say, Okay, fine, God – but who’s going to finance all these nice healthy groceries?
Ultimately, I feel strongly that healthy food is not just a personal choice but a critical economic and social justice issue. As study upon study shows the long-term damage we’re doing to our bodies and our planet with pesticides and other unsustainable farming practices, the people who suffer the most are the ones for whom fast food is the only affordable dinner out and foods like cheap white bread with hyper-processed, sugary, hydrogenated-fat-filled peanut butter are staples.
Well, “suffer the most” is a tough call actually, and I’ll refrain myself from going further down that depressing road right now. This blog is about (among other things) making sustainable choices in daily life, so I hereby vow to continually address the economic side of things in future posts about food and green living.