Going organic: May The Farm Be With You! Reply

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organic produceI was in a French supermarket the other day marveling at the array of foodstuffs at my disposal. It was literally a “feast” for the eyes taking in the image of all the different kinds of meats, from bison to venison, “free range” poultry from pheasants to ducks,organic free range different kinds of cheeses…Roquefort, Saint Agur, camembert, goat cheeses galore, pates, duck and goose foie gras, hams from Italy and Spain…oh the Jabugo and the Parma…the coffees and teas that were being displayed for the holidays! organic teaorganic brown cowWestern countries have taken on the habit of indulging in gluttony and consumption to chase away the winter blues, enjoy our families and boost the economy! And of course on a less cynical side, the holidays are really a time to splurge on delicacies that we don’t always buy during other more fast periods of the year especially when in the company of those we love and cherish. organic cumberland sauceSo where’s the problem I asked myself? And then I made my way to the produce section…exotic fruits, papayas and passion fruits, nuts and berries, sweet potatoes and yams…everything I would need to satisfy a crowd…but then I thought…should I buy organic or non-organic? organic“Buy local” has become the motto or buzzword in the United States to sensitize the population to the need to support one’s community and I thought to myself…maybe I should do the same…support the local farmers and those who use no pesticides in their agriculture. I thought of the woman who sells me jalapeno peppers and tomatillos (2 Mexican specialty items that I crave quite frequently…yes…food is the quickest way to one’s memory and heart) at the local farmer’s market and what she would tell me…Yes! Buy Local! buylocal_smHelp us “scratch out” a living by buying from us and not from the industrial farmers who frequently resort to stoop labor and genetically engineered plants to turn high profits.   And then I remembered the days when I was working in my parents’ Health Food Store and what I used to tell our customers: You know…there are many benefits to buying organic and local food and produce:

  • We reduce the amount of chemicals or “toxic load” that inject in the soil, water and eventually our bodies
  • By doing this we reduce pollution from rain that flows into the streams and into our water supply or the ocean (poor fish!)
  • We help restore the soil for less polluted plants (surface plants like rice really appreciate this)organic Christmas treesOrganic Christmas Trees
  • We protect the land for future generations who deserve to inherit an unadulterated earth
  • We preserve vintage vegetables and their unique taste and flavor (have you ever noticed how a “store bought” tomato has no flavor?)
  • We can support local farmers by re injecting money back into the community so that I can continue to buy jalapenos…even in France!
  • We reduce the number of lab produced plants or genetically modified organisms which may have lasting effects on the earth and on our health
  • We show more respect for the land and for the farmers who harvest and produce our food so painstakingly
  • We promote biodiversity so that all plants and animals can live in harmonyorganic real vs fake
  • We get back to nature and back to a less violent type of agriculture

Yes…you can take the girl out of the health food store, but you can’t take the health food store out of the girl…which reminds me of a video that I discovered not so long ago: “Grocery Store Wars” (a spoof of George Lucas’s Star Wars trilogy)…It’s is a hilarious five minute mini-movie about a small band of organic vegetable puppets — Cuke Skywalker, Ham Solo, Chewbroccoli and wise old Obi Wan Cannoli — battling against Darth Tader, evil lord of the Dark Side of The Farm. Can these Organic Rebels rescue Princess Lettuce and destroy the Death Melon in time? Or will Cuke be seduced by the Dark Side of the Farm … an empire of pollution and pesticides that has taken over the market with its arsenal of genetic engineering, irradiation and toxic chemicals? Turn on your speakers and find out at StoreWars.org” So imagine the industrialized vegetables going to war with the organic ones…who try to defend themselves…as they say: “*May the farm be with you!!”

*In Star Wars Luke Skywalker says “May The Force Be With You”…

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