The Organic Dilemma and TJ's Checklist
Eating natural these days is getting to be much easier now that the demand is greater. Places like Trader Joes and Whole Foods have become household names, Organic brands like Annie's and Amy's are becoming more and more popular. Prices however, seem to be the greatest factor in pushing people away. And with that, people begin to break free and lose faith in the entire concept of 'organic' altogether. There are so many doubters out there that assume we can't and or shouldn't change the food system in America, but those doubters don't try to learn ways to change it either. Ignorance and assumptions aren't progressive.
Here are the prices for some things that commonly end up on my grocery list: Organic Broccoli Florets $2.99 TJ's Greek Style Yogurt 32oz 0% fat $4.99 Apple Bag Granny Smith 2 lbs $2.49 Apple Bag Pink Lady 2 lbs $2.49 Complete Protein California Style Bread $3.49 Guacamole Kit $3.69 (2 avocados, 2 roma tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic, 1 shallot, 1 jalapeno) Wild Arugula $1.99
Here is a great comparison video that I found brought to you by the authors of The Baby Cuisine Cookbook that compares organic prices between Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods. You'll be shocked to see which is the cheapest: Comparison
Also, as for the question whether or not organic is realistic, and that cop-out response that pesticides, GMOs, preservatives, etc are necessary in order to feed the world and that we couldn't all live on organic food, read this and this Can Organic Feed the World?
Finally, on the left side of my blog you'll see another blog that is actually the story of a farm switching from chemicals to all organic. Read about their journey, it's really quite interesting.