This debate about organic food has seemingly gone on and on forever, yet consumers find it harder and harder to get a good variety of it. How often do you go to the supermarket looking for organic produce and find a very small section way back behind the donuts or in a far off place. For the organic consumer, the option of buying anything other than organic strikes a valid uneasiness as to what the mystery fruit or produce really is or has on it.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), pesticides and contaminants that could be and often are harmful to the human and pet population on this planet are just some of the mysterious “things” that most assuredly lurk in the ‘Broadway’ isles of most supermarkets with bright colors and signs seeming to call you, “over here.” With no way to tell what you are getting, organic is the best bet common sense eaters can rely on, yet those who don’t seem to care continue to belittle and spread fear that organic isn’t good enough and is a waste of time.
The organic eater is often forced to grow his own in order to have the convenience of knowing what his food is made of, and increasingly laws are passed forbidding homeowners to grow produce in their yards. The average cleverly hidden organic fare in supermarkets are so overshadowed by the brighter, tasteless and aroma free counterparts that often the organic shopper finds the shelf of organic fare with joy, only to sigh after realizing it will be outdated extremely soon or already is. Whether that is because it is unwanted or deliberately ignored by management, no one knows, but still yet the organic shopper is left wanting.
Back before food came from all over the world to your town, you knew what your food was made of. You knew the growers of the food. Some of them were your neighbors, or church members you saw on Sunday, or your family and often yourself. Then everything changed. After World War II seemingly everyone in the family went to work leaving no one to gather or grow and preserve the food. With that change the idea of neighbors looking out for neighbors, brotherly love and those long forgotten golden rules in many cases have flown out the window. Somehow the love of money took the place of caring for those you sold food to or grew it for. Back then mystery foods were uncommon, and many we have today didn’t even exist yet.
Now there are whole organizations whose entire mission is to control food and keep you from having any say in what you can and cannot eat by controlling what is grown and ends up in the supermarket shelves. Labels are often just a way to cover-up the real truth of “what is in there”. Lawmakers have accommodated these large businesses accelerating the loss of that golden era. With that loss went much of the golden rules that formed the character of men and women back then allowing this attitude of “money comes first” to prevail. Yet somehow speed and knowledge just don’t help satisfy that hungry stomach when it cries out for wholesome food. Somehow more of the mystery foods which lack the necessary nutrition don’t satisfy, but only sicken the population. Somehow the organic shoppers have become the last of the common sense shoppers, determined to be good citizens for their own health until they are forced to finally let it go out of frustration or the inability to afford it anymore.
This subject would be incomplete without addressing those who have fallen victim to these mystery foods forced down their throats, mostly because their pocketbooks don’t have enough dough in them to pay for the expensive organic fare, but also because whole foods and organic food are not available where they live.
The only thing left to do is voice your need for organic food in your area. See if a section of the city can be turned into a market on weekends for local farmers to sell the food they grow. Talk to your city, county and state leaders about making it easier to grow and sell organic food where you live. You may be the last of the commonsense shoppers, making what you do more important than ever.
Keep pressing through. Talk to those in charge of the supermarket you shop at. See what you can do to help them know to stock the foods you want to buy. If all of the organic eaters will just not take being ignored anymore, the scales will start to turn in favor of healthy organic food. Talk to your friends and neighbors about joining you in eating organic. Stay plugged into the issues of organic food by subscribing to this channel. Consider growing your own organic food or making a windowsill garden. These are just a few things you can do to ensure you and those you love get to enjoy good food for years to come.
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