If you can believe it, I don't argue with her, I just listen. Unfortunately, coupled with her belief that you can cure everything with magic water from a mine in Utah or more kindly a balance of essential minerals, is her belief that medical doctors are full of crap and kill people. In my case, if I were to take some of the stuff she has recommended, I would probably OD on potassium alone.
very nice analysis of "eco-friendly" consumerism and why liberals like to buy organic and shop at starbucks
Organic food prices are expensive because of corporate monopoly on the food industry. Not because we need more socialism.
We don't have a true free market, therefore organic foods are more expensive to produce and companies like Tyson and Perdue can corner the market in their respective food industry.
Want to have cheaper more organically grown food? Open it to competition locally and don't sock it to local farmers by subsidizing the big guys. Of course this would all mean that in certain areas of the country you're not going to get blueberries and out of season foods.
No we don't buy it because we are trying to "do something". We 've done our homework and know it can be more conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
• ConAgra controls millions of acres of land for industrial farming while Joey Flaxseed grows organic oranges and tomatoes on 30 acres in Ocala with no pesticides, higher waster, and less economy of scale.
• The health food store is owned by people who talk like hippies and gouge like mafiosi.
I didn't take the subsidies into consideration. I'm guessing a person could get a degree in the ins and outs of industrial versus organic farming.
Something which does concern me is the alleged effort of ConAgra and Walmart to subvert the meanings of the labels of "organic" and other healthful claims. They already label crap as "smart choice" or "healthy alternative" which no nutritionist of any stripe would consider smart or healthy unless we're comparing everything to a Big Mac.
Most of them don't even understand the link to government goodies, corporate welfare, and how it hurts their operation. Some of the higher costs are caused by the fact that people still do most of the workload and it isn't automated, but it's impossible to get them to make the connection to regulations on their own local production of food as to why their tomatoes might be a dollar more a pound than Big box marts
While those things MIGHT be part of the precieved view of the price of organic veggies, but it's the $17,000 cost of the Certification that drives the prices up. the people my wife works for can't afford that, nor can 90% of small farms that grow organically but can't use the label because of the cost issue
Ever notice the sell by date on organic milk? It's like a month longer than the regular.
ConAgra and Walmart are going to render "organic" meaningless , if it isn't already, anyway, so organic or less-toxic farmers should come up with their own word, trademark it, and then they can decide who gets to use it based on a reasonable criteria and without fee. Or they can simply label it: Joe Flaxseed Oranges, grown responsible and unwilling to pay the "Organic" tax."
Some people, granted not very nice people, have called the Kosher certification a tax. I would imagine that there are people who make kosher foods who aren't willing to pay to have the Kosher or Pareve symbols on their packaging.
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