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EVERYONE CAN AFFORD TO BUY ORGANIC

I’ve been buying organic produce, grass-fed beef and free range chicken for several years, and I don’t have an unlimited grocery budget.  This is how I do it.
Take a look at the items and costs below, then stay with me, and start thinking outside the box.

1/2 gallon of ice cream – $3.50
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Large bag of chips – $2.50
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Six pack of soda – $2.50
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Bag of oreo cookies (17 oz) – $3.95
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Frozen pizza – $7.00 – $9.00
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This is just a sampling and prices will vary where you live, but everyone is aware  that this “stuff” is VERY expensive.  We all have our cell phones with us everywhere these days, so here’s the challenge:  The next time you go grocery shopping, use the calculator on your phone.

You may be surprised when you actually discover what you can save by eliminating the items above.  Then go to the organic produce area (most supermarkets now provide some organic produce – YAY!) in your market, and see if the credits you gave yourself by eliminating junk food will pay for your organic purchases.  And, don’t forget your local farms; buy from farmer’s markets if you can find one in your area.  Go to Local Harvest, a Farmer’s Market locator.

Here is another thought:  If you eat out once in a week you have probably used up all the credits you would need  to buy organic produce and grass-fed and/or free range meat.

We are talking about lifestyle changes, and they are never easy, but these types of change not only benefit our health, but the earth as well.  And, if you are serious about eating better you can now eliminate the false concept that organic is not affordable.  I’m not suggesting that we give up everything at once, or even forever.  Start small, and eliminate a couple of things – think of it as gradually trading up to a healthier lifestyle.  And, by all means, treat yourself once in awhile.
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GO GREEN AT THE POST OFFICE

It’s only a stamp.  How can it possibly make a difference?

It can, and it does make a difference.  Choosing these stamps, and using them may seem like less than a drop in the ocean.  But, there are no insignificant acts when we are working toward the goal of a cleaner and healthier earth.  Small steps can change a culture.

Each stamp promotes a way to be “greener,”  i.e. sharing rides, buying local, composting, etc.  And, the graphics are great!

Like Nike says, “Just Do It.”  The next time you need to get stamps, purchase these and start using them.  You will never know who may have been inspired to change their lifestyle, or at least to think about greener issues.  It’s all important, every step that we take toward a greener earth, and a healthier future for our children.

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD

If you have been near a market lately that sells organic food, then you have probably encountered volunteers informing the public about genetically engineered foods.  And, they are collecting signatures on a petition to demand labeling of GE foods.  1.1 million names have been uploaded to the FDA.  Go to this website:  justlabelit.org, and read the FDA’s unbelievable response.

However, the public is not finished.  Ninety-one percent of the American people want their food labeled to show if it has been genetically engineered.

If you don’t know what all this hoopla is about, go to this portion of the website and read the brief, but concise description of genetically engineered foods.
About GE Foods  and the Debate.   Read about the dangers of this experiment, and that is exactly what it is, and if you believe this is important (Remember, our grandchildren will be eating long after we are gone)  you can sign the petition on this site:  Just Label It   I believe we should have a choice, regarding our health.

It is a sad commentary on our times, but I believe, as do many folks, that the FDA is broken, i.e. recalled drugs, contaminated foods, pink slime meat, etc. etc.  In many ways, we really are on our own, with regard to safety.  Fortunately, we have watchdogs, and social media to help us stay informed.  We must educate ourselves, and a positive action that I always encourage:  Buy local and buy organic.

Thank you for paying attention, and taking action.

WHY ORGANIC?

Coming into the organic loop was a slow process for me.  A number of years ago I started reading labels on foods, and about the same time we began to hear that processed foods were probably not all that good for us.  So, I started to pay attention.  Not all at once, but gradually I stopped buying items that listed chemicals in their ingredients.  If I wasn’t sure what a word with eighteen (exaggerating) letters in it was, then I simply wouldn’t buy the product.  In today’s world, with our technology, smart phones, etc. we can simply check immediately while shopping in the store.

Putting this much effort into shopping may seem cumbersome or impractical, but let’s take a serious look at our priorities.  We’re talking about what goes into our bodies, our health!  And gone are the days, unfortunately, when we can just trust that if it’s on the shelf in the supermarket then it’s safe to buy.

Fortunately, over time and during the years when I grappled with whether to buy this product or that one, and which one had fewer chemicals, the organic revolution was coming on the scene.  And now, organic products seem to be everywhere, even in the mainstream supermarkets.  Along this path, I also discovered our local Farmers’ Markets, and my husband and I have now evolved into growing our own produce.   It may seem like a huge task, and there will be initial effort and a little expense, but once you’re set up, it’s easy, really!  Listed below are some websites that will help you get started.

GETTING STARTED – QUESTIONS TO ASK

GARDENING 101 – BASICS FOR BEGINNERS

ORGANIC GARDENING ON A BUDGET

COMPOSTING MADE EASY

I’ve chosen the sites above for their simplicity, especially for beginners. There is some work involved, but the process of growing your own food is another wonderful opportunity to get the grandchildren involved, and a great chance to see them more often.  Once the plants start to appear, they will be anxious to follow the whole process through the summer.  On the sidebar, you will see that I’ve listed several sites that relate specifically to gardening with kids.

We all know that gardening is fun and we benefit from getting our hands in the dirt and eating organic, but there is a much more serious side to “Why Organic?”
It’s the issue of pesticides.  They are still there – in our produce.  Back in the day, when I was unaware and trusting, I heard that DDT had been banned, and I some how translated that into the concept that all our produce was safe.  NOT!

On this website HELLO LIFE it is stated, “According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than one billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the U.S.”  One billion pounds! Of course it’s sticking to our produce, but where else is it going, into storm drains, water systems?  This site also states that,  “Approximately 100 percent of all fungicides, more than 50 percent of all herbicides and about 30 percent of all insecticides are known carcinogens and toxic to humans.”  I have also read from more than one source that pesticides are extremely dangerous to children.  

This is not happy news, but we can’t stick our heads in the sand.  I know that everyone of you wants to protect your family, and we can do something about this problem.  We don’t have to try and tackle the giant corporations making these chemicals, we can succeed, once again, by our behavior.  Choose to buy organic and grow your own food, and hopefully, in time the decisions we make will create change.

We’re the Boomers, we’re still here, and we still wield a lot of power by the consumer choices we make!