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Saturday, March 17, 2012

I’m not scared! Are you?

For the past couple of weeks, something’s been bubbling under the surface and it’s ready to come out.  So here it goes…

Let me start out by saying that I support all types of farmers – livestock, grain, vegetable, fruit, organic, traditional, conventional, big, small, whatever.  I mean it.  We’re all in this together.

And every time you purchase food, you are supporting a farmer, too.  Thank you for that.

And I will never tell you what to eat or what not to eat, but…

I’m tired of people telling me to be scared of food.  Sick and tired of it.

I don’t need to “make sacrifices” or “prioritize” in order to buy my family special apples.  I don’t.  You don’t.  It’s not necessary.  “Regular” apples are incredibly healthy and packed full of nutrients.  Even MICHAEL POLLAN agrees with me:

In a January 9 Boston Globe article, Michael Pollan was asked, “Do you recommend eating organic ?”  His response:

You don’t have to eat organic to eat healthily. Eating real food, whether it’s organic or not, is going to do a lot for your health. Any apple is good for you. The pesticides are probably a problem, but the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables outweigh them as far as we know. And there are ways to minimize pesticide exposure by washing and peeling.”

Source: Click here.

 

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And those “nasty” pesticides?  Dr. Carl Winter told me not to worry about them.  He explained his research, explained why people are so afraid, and then sang to us. Seriously.  But if you don’t believe me and him, go here

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And guess what else?  I do NOT need to spend $4.69 on organic, free range eggs.  Don’t need to.  The USDA, which certifies organic production, makes no claims that organically-produced food is more nutritious than conventionally produced food. Organic food proves to be only different in how it is grown, handled and processed.

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Phew.  Glad I got that off my chest.