Merry Meet All,
I know I’m posting twice today but I have something on my mind. As most of you know, I, like many many others, live on a limited income and I am growing my own organic veggies. I know that organic food is more expensive than fast food. This is the problem. I will tell you about my recent trip to a Food Bank and why I cannot return.
It is not a matter of pride. It is, rather, a matter of choosing one food quality over another. I will explain a bit about my background. My Mom is a master of knowledge of organic food and sustainability. She wrote a Masters thesis and taught sustainability at two Universities at a Masters level. She talked on and on about the importance of organic food. I never understood till now. She had to do a food study as part of her studies in University. I have grown accustomed to eating organic food and now it is difficult for me to eat processed food, as I can taste all the chemicals in nonorganic food.
I went to the Food Bank recently and came home with a ton of food. That was great. On the other hand, none of it was even close to organic. Now many people love organic food. Many people skirt around it and turn to what they are already familiar with- processed food. I have not eaten white bread in years. I had to donate the white bread and I forced myself to eat the rest of the processed food. I get queasy when I remember it.
I have now promised myself to adhere to choosing and consuming organic food no matter what and as well as I can. My diet is not 100 % organic but it averages 95% organic. Organic food contains considerably more nutrients than processed food. Yet most people do not want organic food, for reasons I can’t understand. They may be choosing to stick with what they are familiar with. But more and more people want organic food. I know, I visit the local farmers market which is packed with so many people there is almost standing room only.
At the Food Bank, I watched people leave with food bags heavy with processed food. I know that like me, they live on a limited income. I am sure that organic food is offered to the food banks yet it is refused. I hope that one day only organic food is sold in the grocery markets, only grown in peoples’ gardens, and is offered in food banks. I felt so sorry for those people who chose the processed food. It is a shame that there is such a limit in what people can and can’t eat. There is no nutritional value in white bread.
I submitted a proposal to a magazine to write an article on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. While I read the health and wellness magazine, I read an article about food banks. Yes Food Banks are great and most of the time, are the only choice people have. But the underlying problem is that that food is processed. And this was in a health and wellness magazine. I won’t mention the name of the magazine here. But it seems its focus is a little off.
I am not dissing Food Banks. They are trying to do the best they can. I am simply wishing that more options were available for the people to obtain healthier food. One day that may happen. I will keep hoping and I hope things change for people to be able to afford healthier food.
As long as people keep pushing the governments, local farmers markets and grocery stores to keep supplying organic food, it will continue to be available.