To Be Or Not To Be Organic
by Debbie Nikkel
To be organic or not to be is the million dollar question in
The birth of my son prompted me to be more responsible in my
My first step was to cut out processed foods and to start
my kitchen as a place to cook and not just reheat the meals. I
to save several dollars on my grocery list and the food actually
better. Sure, I had some really aagh meals but I learned from my
mistakes and everyone seems to be complimenting me on my
culinary skills. Justin, my son, was to be born in a home that
used the finest ingredients, where everything was made by my own
hands. Little did I know that this was just the beginning and the
research process on excellent high nutritional food would be a
I was a smart consumer, I read the back of packages and
tried to buy home grown produce and products made in my country.
stayed away from food colouring in my food and would seldom bend
the marketing wizards out there. Wrong, how wrong I was. The
marketing wizards caught me by placing magical words on their
products, such as natural, wholesome... The ingredients listed on
packages were not foreign, unusually long chemical names. My
purchases used simple ingredients such as flour, sugar, baking
powder, dehydrated vegetables..., the list goes on. I knew the
difference between organic and non organic. Organic is grown
pesticide and non organic is grown with the aid of pesticide.
Back to the computer and books to find out the real truth
between organic and
non organic. Most of the grocery stores I would go to only sold
natural, fresh from the farm produce. What they failed to inform
that these products are grown with the aid of pesticides. They
to label the pesticides used for each product or the possible
effects caused by that chemical. As well, there is no literature
to properly clean the vegetables to reduce the pesticide residue.
only literature says to wash all produce thoroughly before using
cooked. Are they serious? Wash it under water and wow! magically
is nutritional vegetables. I had a revelation a couple of weeks
my eating habits and I am making conscious choices. I am no
believing the ads, until I have thoroughly researched the
Back to the question, organic or not. I chose organic and only
organic. You may say the biggest con is the expense. That is a
problem because many of us are on a tight budget and introducing
organic to the family is an expense we can do without. If you
your income is not sufficient - Think again. I am a stay at home
with one child living in a one bedroom home trying desperately to
for a home, to give me the luxury to harvest a garden. Organic is
difficult transition but one that is well worth the heartache.
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