All posts tagged: organic produce

What’s the big deal about eating Organic?

I have been eating organically grown food for most of my life. In the 80’s Austria was the first country to have organic certification and since my parents were interested in eating natural food they quickly sought out the little health food stores, Bioladen, in Vienna. When I moved to Portland for college I became a member at People’s Food Coop. By volunteering a few hours a month there I received a hearty discount and have always done most of my grocery shopping there since. I never thought about how much more expensive organic food is. It was real food and it just costs as much as it does. But for many people buying organic is on the other side of the big hurdle called “too expensive” So why buy organic? Because it is better for your body and the environment. Here are a few quotes from Joshua Rosenthal’s book Integrative Nutrition: Feed your Hunger for Health and Happiness: Fresh, organic produce contains more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micronutrients than intensively farmed produce. According …

to live and die with dignity

I realize once again that I have lofty goals for our world. for every human being, animal and plant to live and die in love and dignity. That’s really what it all comes down to, isn’t it? It came to me today as I cut up my bell pepper. I have to admit, I am a food snob. I buy almost all my produce organic and as local as possible. But this time I bought a conventional bell pepper, because my daughter picked it out, and I just wanted one, and there were no organic ones at either store I went to. As I was cutting it I felt how much less vibrant it was than the ones I got a few weeks back from a local farmer (must have had them in a greenhouse). I caught myself judging the poor little fruit and sent blessings to it and it’s family. The picture that came to me was of a barren field where pepper plants grow their short life and then are ripped from the …