Saturday, May 22, 2004

Organic isn't for Hippies Anymore...

I was reading an article in this morning's SF Chronicle about how the USDA has relaxed the restrictions around Organic foods, ultimately weakening the Organic label in addition to enabling large farms to enter the booming Organic food market with minimal modifications to their existing practices.

I heard a saying once that I am a firm believer in. Vote with your dollar. If you ever want to make an impact in the world around you, the most efficient way to do it is to financially support those ideals you believe in. I like to buy organic food because I believe that the general food industry is built on ideals I don't agree with. I don't want the meat I eat to be pumped full of antibiotics. I don't want the fruits and vegetables I eat to be grown with toxins. I buy organic because I want to support those farmers who believe as I do. Now, the USDA has enabled those food producers who do not follow my ideals to fool me into buying their food. Instead of changing their practices and complying with the spirit of the regulations, they've used their money and influence to change the law instead.

What can you do to help? Plenty. Get a hold of your congressional representative via snailmail, email, or phone. Let them know your stance on the topic? Focus how you spend your money, buy from brands you know live up to the spirit of Organic food, support them, ensure that they continue to grow and gain more influence. Last of all, educate those around you of what's going on.


1 comment:

  1. Or you can try growing your own veggies and herbs too... as long as you have some sun and time.... ;-)