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Sunday, September 22, 2013

I've had a really hard time shopping lately. I know that we talk with our dollars, but also have to watch every dollar spent so we don't starve by the end of the month.

I'm trying to be eco-conscious with my food, trying to not have a lot of pesticides go into my children's bodies and make sure that any creature I'm going to eat has had a decent life before they become my meal.

I've been having more and more organic foods as I can afford them and there are a few things that I make sure are organic every day despite the higher cost. I know where my cow comes from, I saw it on the farm before I decided to make it my dinner for the year.

I'm making more vegan and vegetarian meals.

I'm still conflicted.

I can't afford to completely go organic, but I also don't like that it harms the Earth and my body so much every time I decide to eat something that is full of pesticides. I want the planet to be in better shape for my children and (hopefully) grandchildren when they come to live here. I remember when people picketed to stop pollution and wanted the planet to be a friendlier place for us, but it doesn't seem to have gotten any better, if anything it's worse.

If you don't know how corporate farms work, watch any documentary about how our food is produced. It's not your grandparent's farm.

I've cut back my spending for corporate farms dramatically, but have not been able to completely cut them out of my home. I've gardened and know I'll have a better garden next year to last me the whole year instead of just the summer.

I can't just stop eating, but the more I learn about how our food is produced, the less I want to shop at the store. I don't have the right funds to shop at a farm or I'd just bulk up during the appropriate season and can or freeze everything.

I'd like to think I'm doing better than I was a year ago, but I just don't feel like I'm doing enough. I suppose that nearing half of my plate with non-corporate farm items is better than not at all, but I just know I can do more.

I'm discovering more and more choices in the stores that fit my needs, even if most of them are more expensive, but I suppose that good food is worth it in the long run. I just have to be able to fit it all into my budget.

I'll just have to do more research and move ahead with new knowledge instead of dwelling on what I can do right now. I never thought I'd grow up to be one of those hippie types that I saw all the time as a kid.

Today's Holidays: Autumnal Equinox: First Day of Fall (Northern Hemisphere, it's Spring in the Southern Hemisphere), Elephant Appreciation Day, Hobbit Day (Happy Birthday Bilbo and Frodo), Business Woman's Day and National Ice Cream Cone Day.
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  • KAREN608
    You are doing the best you can within a budget, sounds okay to me. Maybe down the road things will be different.
    1543 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/24/2013 8:43:36 PM
    If you get a chance, take a look at a blog called Pioneer Woman. It's written by Ree Drummond who calls herself an accidental country girl. She married into a cattle ranching family in Oklahoma, has 4 kids that she homeschools and now a cooking show on Food Network. On occasion, her husband will write posts on the blog about the activities involved in cattle ranching, theirs is family run and has been for generations. No corporations involved. I am fascinated learning about how and where are meat comes from, how carefully they treat the cattle and the land because they know there is no future for them without good stewardship. It might or might not be your cup of tea but I grew up far from the food chain so I find it all fascinating,
    1543 days ago
  • KAT321123
    Just a thought, but one of my friends is currently working on an organic farm in exchange for fresh produce. That means that in exchange for her few hours of work a week she's getting some amazingly fresh, local produce that she feels good about. I don't know if you have a farm near you that would offer that, but it could be something to look into. As an added bonus, the farm work would be great cardio! =)

    Another thought is that a lot of local farms near me are not certified organic, but only use organic fertilizers and such. Organic certification is expensive which means the price of the product goes up. If a farm uses organic practices but skips the certification process, that sometimes means they can pass the savings on to consumers.

    I know someone else mentioned a co-op. Some co-ops also allow for a little bit of work in exchange for a discount. I know my old one it took 2 hours of volunteer-work a month (could be split among household members) in order to get a discount.

    None of us are perfect. My husband works at a health food store so I get a small discount and am able to shop primarily organic, but there are still some things I need to pass on. We can only do what we can do and every effort is awesome =)
    1544 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/23/2013 12:18:46 PM
  • BRENDA_G50
    At least you're trying. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1544 days ago
    I don't know you, so when I read your post, I see someone who is doing everything she can. I think the only problem is that there is so much that you want to do, but can't reasonably do all of it.

    You're doing a great job by doing what you can. A lot of people would avoid doing anything because they can't go all out.
    1544 days ago
    Is there a Costco near you? Many of their items are organic. For myself, living alone and on a budget, I still buy a lot of my food there.
    1544 days ago
    I so understand. I am conflicted as well. The next step for me was to become involved with organizations that are working to reduce the need for 'organic' foods and bringing real food back to a healthy standard. No one should have to choose in that department. emoticon
    1545 days ago
    We can't eat organic due to the expense. You do have to watch "organic" as sometimes it's not as healthy as we think. Organic can be used very loosely. If you want to make sure that your produce is "clean" there are some good recipes using vinegar, I believe. If you rinse it well, Dawn dish washing detergent takes off many pesticides.

    Is there a "co-op" close to you? I'm not sure of the cost, but sometimes you can get on-line and order boxes of food that is organic and have it shipped right to your house. Raw honey is one such item that a friend sent me and it was really good.

    I agree with you totally, but until organic is truly that and the price is reasonable many people won't be able to afford it. Good luck!
    1545 days ago
    I applaud your efforts. You are making a stand and doing the very best you can to provide according to your convictions.

    The turning point came for me when I was listening to a book on tape regarding the corporate PHOOD industry and wanted to throw up for a week. It still took me that long to do the conversion.

    We are doing what we can. That IS enough. The voice inside our head wants us to give up at any cost. Be proud of what you ARE doing. Things will come your way to do even better.

    I am proud of you. emoticon
    1545 days ago
    I'm sure you know about the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen; they are good places to start when deciding organic or not.

    No matter what we do, it's never ENOUGH.

    1545 days ago
    I'm with you on wanting to eat organic. It's SO expensive, but such a really great thing to do. And wanting all the animals to have had a good life... yeah, definitely. It's hard to manage eating for both your conscience and your wallet, but it sounds like you are making a mighty good go of it! I try, but it's hard to justify twice the price for something when you're half broke already. I do make the exception and get organic eggs and milk, though.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

    1545 days ago
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