http://nytimes.com “Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce.” I’m sure there are those of you reading this that have reasons for buying strictly organic. That is a choice you have made, and I am not judging.
However I do find it necessary to investigate, as well as mitigate beliefs whereby a large population is excluded.
Organically grown food, at least in my circle of friends and acquaintances–is a luxury. It is one most cannot afford. In a city divided by North & South (north side of Chicago–considered the upper crust), as well as some areas being labeled as “food deserts,” many are struggling to feed their families; and regular produce may be considered costly. I realize in the greater scheme of things, this is not the case. Yet if you are on a budget, live where produce is scant or a leftover from stores not wanting it, organics are certainly not an option.
As stated in “Judging me, judging you,” I shop at discount food chains, as well as other stores. I’m happy they all carry fresh produce; only two carry a small section labeled “organic.” What are the effects on a family of eating strictly non-organic? Well let’s see.
My son runs cross-country and track. His last report card had one “C,” the rest were “A’s & B’s”. My husband is the same weight as when we were married, and able to outdo my son in reps of pull-ups. Me? My weight has always fluctuated; and never really stabilized until after I had my son, and started running. My workout routine consists of hot yoga, ballet, INSANITY, running, as well as gym/strength training. My weight has stabilized, and currently I wear a size 4 or 6 jean–depending upon who makes them. Such are the effects of eating a healthy non-organic diet, all while shopping at ALDI, Straack & Van Til’s, as well as Pete’s Fresh Market. One more thing; I am not part of the upper echelon known as the north side; I am a proud southsider–GO SOX!
By the way–we love our dairy too.
All for now. Keep up and keep at it.
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