You’ve all heard it. “I’m using compact flourescent lightbulbs because they’re better for the environment.” Or “I’m going to use cloth diapers to avoid dumping them in landfills.” Or “I’m not going to buy anything plastic because it doesn’t biodegrade in landfills.” These are the statements of your “Green” friends. We’re destroying the environment through consumption. The same ideals are being applied to food, too, and “organic eating”. Eat less beef beacuse cattle are bad for the environment. Same with pigs. (Fish will be on the way out as well because we don’t want to overfish). Soon we’ll be encouraged to eat nothing but lentils and beets, and even those in short supply because farming is bad for the environment.
I’ve been to the store and I’ve seen “organic food”. It’s about double the price of the “inorganic” food. It’s supposed to be healthier for you because it doesn’t contain “chemicals”. There’s also the breads. 100% Stone ground wheat-seed fiber pods bread that costs double what wheat bread normally costs. The difference? The use of enriched flour, which is cheaper to use. Dr. Oz is on Oprah telling us that we need to eat more flaxseed oil ($15 a bottle– chump change for a heart surgeon, but for a teacher with two kids, it’s a luxury) and start eating better (many of the foods he espouses are expensive as well– again, easy for a guy who makes $400,000 as a heart surgeon).
Look, Dr. Oz knows what he’s talking about. If you’ve got the money and you want to buy the absolute best foods for you, then by all means, clean out the shelves at Whole Foods. In the meantime, don’t guilt the lower-middle class into buying all of this expensive organic and green crap while blowing a horn that they’re killing themselves in an over-consumptive lifestyle.
Organic foods aren’t better for you. Hate to say it, they may be worse for you. Beef without antibiotics are more prone to disease. If you want to eat diseased meat, go right ahead. As for the veggies– organic means no pesticides (which means lower crop yields due to greater loss at the hands of insects which means, you guessed it, higher prices). Now, the FDA is fanatic about what is used to preserve food. Do you think they’d let “harmful pesticides” get into your food? No. There’s enforcement in place that keeps our food supply safe. Going without pesticides simply means you’re willing to spend more for food that doesn’t have “chemicals’ because you have an inherent distrust of the chemical industry. Thanks, by the way.
As for Green Living, I’m more than happy to live as efficiently as possible. Recycle rainwater for garden watering– it’s a good idea. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are an energy saver (although they may be more damaging to the environment when they are disposed of). Hybrid cars save gas, but they save you no money, and they contain more materials that are environmentally damaging than normal cars. Solar energy? great idea! Too bad it takes 20 years to offset the cost of panel installation. What’s worse is shows like “Wasted” that make you feel guilty for using disposable diapers and ordering a pizza.
What does all of this do? It funnels money into the Green industry. Who’s promoting all this stuff? The people who are heavily invested in the Green industry. You may feel marginally better, but just remember that we’re in a slowing economy and you’re spending twice as much on bread. With fuel costs where they are, don’t you want to save some money?
Here’s a clue– people have been eating butter and enriched flour since the 1940s, and the country hasn’t had an epidemic of people dying in their 40’s. The key here is exercise. We’re becoming a sedentary society. Turn off the tv, grab the basketball, and shoot some hoops. Run a bit. Swim. Walk. Dance. Keep moving, and burn off all those calories you’ve been eating. And you’ll feel much better– better than you would if you shell out $5 for organic lettuce.