Eat locally grown eco-foods, not just organic foods

I've been going to my local farmer's market for the bulk of my groceries now for at more than 1 year. Besides feeling good about supporting local farmers, it's fun to try out the food before buying, and then try out new recipies with the latest in-season veggies.

In the beginning I bought what looked good, without asking if it's organic. Farmers that didn't have 'organic' labels often would say that there food was pesticide free. That sounds good enough, right? Well, it's not just pesticides that go into non-organic food, there's the fertilizers that go in to non-organic food. So, little by little I bought more and more organics.

Occasionally I supplement with Trader Joe's or Whole Foods run to supplement my groceries. The organic produce was often from elsewhere, shipped to CA. I always wondered how could I know if it is really organic from Chile or Mexico. Who monitors the practice there? I felt bad that I was paying for, and thus supporting, so much use of petroleum in shipping the organic food to my local store.

Though the news was released a while ago, I recently found out Whole Foods uses 'organic' vegetables from China in many of their own '365 Organic' label frozen foods. Unbelievable!

Newsclip here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ31Ljd9T_Y&feature=player_embedded

Transcript here:

http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0508/521743.html

Follow up, further organic mess-ups here:

http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0808/541588.html

It's disappointing to find that you really have to research and read all the fine print, all the time! This food was 'organically grown' in China, but China has different safety and organic certification processes.

So the summary is: Eat locally grown, eco-responsible foods, support local agriculture and if it feels expensive, remember you are buying anti-oxident full, fresh foods and saving on medical bills down the line.

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Support with your consumer power and boycott with the same consumer power

The other day I was at a local family-owned health food store, shopping for some Sodium Laural Sulfate (SLS) & Flouride free toothpaste. I asked the store-owner which brand she uses to help me decide on one. I already knew Tom's of Maine has been bought out by Colgate, so I skipped that, but to my surprise, Jason "Pure, Natural & Organic" was owned by Monsanto, yikes! That will be one brand I will not never buy again. To read more about why avoid Monsanto, to go:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

Each of us has the power to buy, that consumer power is significant when we become upstanders and act, by spending to support companies and causes we believe in, and boycott companies that oppress and destroy humanity.

 


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