Eating Organic Isn't That Easy
I stumbled onto this list of foods that you should only eat organic and I read it with a rising panic, because, of course, for years we've been feeding our kids peaches and tomatoes soaked in fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides and god knows what else.
And though the obvious solution is to avoid buying these top 12 "dirty" foods unless they're organic, it's not that easy.
My husband is the shopper in the family, and I bless him every day for that. I break out in hives just thinking about the huge grocery store in our town with its wide aisles of magazines and garden equipment amidst the condiments, its fluorescent lights, the long lines, bad music, etc.
But handing over the shopping means I hand over the responsibility for buying good, locally grown, organic produce and meat. My husband is a guy, and that means he pretty much goes down the aisles grabbing whatever he sees—I doubt he's ever read a price tag, never mind a label. The whole organic thing is way beyond him.
So I was pondering this dilemma of the clueless husband and the chemically enhanced vegetables, and I think I may have figured out a solution.
What if we made the stores write in big letters over each item in the meat and produce section exactly which chemicals it is treated with? Can you imagine? "Apples from India doused in Naphthaleneacetamide, Carbofuran and Dicofol" or "fresh green beans, complete with added Acephate, Benomyl, Chlorothalonil and Methamidophos." I think even my oblivious husband would pause before buying those and would head for the organics. This would be the ultimate truth in advertising and I think it would pretty quickly put the kibosh on the practice of relying on chemicals in farming.