The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.
Newsletters - Summer 2005 Issue
Wow, Organic is so expensive
by Reagan Bongiorno
People always ask me if I buy organic food and when I answer, “yes” they say, “Wow that is so expensive!” Although I do not have a trust fund, I buy organic because I realize it is the vote I still maintain in this country. Elections are stolen, but our corporate-driven government responds to where we spend our money.
I am not going to address the issue of organic standards being compromised for the sake of my point, which is that of our individual power to affect the macrocosm according to Buddhist and yoga philosophy.
I spend a lot of money on produce but I deserve the best food available. I don’t buy aspirin or Tums or spend money on drugs for colds, flu, or food poisoning.
Buying poor quality food is a form of self-disrespect, disconnecting from our spiritual selves. My house may not be perfectly renovated but my physical house for my Divine self is my top priority.
Buying organic does not include organic meat and dairy. Eating low on the food chain is organic living. Animals should be allowed to indulge in their natural instincts, such as being free, taking care of their children and living their natural life span. They should not be fairly treated slaves, exploited for their milk and flesh.
Exercise your right to vote. Put your money where your mouth is. I feel empowered with my food purchases, and balanced when I decide to wait to buy a new pair of shoes. When I hear “Wow, it is so expensive!” from middle-class people, I say “so are vacations, cable cell phones and junkfood.” Why do we say a four dollar organic mango is expensive but a plastic container with four nutritionless croissants for $3.99 goes in the shopping cart?
Maintaining our own health and rebuilding our ecosystems isn’t cheap, but the future of our children and our planet is priceless.
Tips on buying organic
Do not compare prices of organic with GMO (genetically modified organisms), pesticide laden foods that are made to travel rather than to nourish. They do not compare. Don’t even look at the prices of the produce.
Buy “local” at farmers markets. Talk to the farmers. They might have high-quality food but not the pricey certification required to market produce as organic.
Buy your produce first, then pick up everything else. I buy my kids melons, grapes, oranges, then I don’t buy the cookies, chips and crackers. Good Luck!
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