America’s Privileged Shopper

A quote from the movie Platoon:

“You VOLUNTEERED for this shit, man? What we got here’s a crusader. You gotta be rich in the first place to think like that!”

You gotta be rich in the first place to think like that, you also have to be rich in the first place to scoff at non-organic produce.

Here’s the craziness,

From the article linked below: “The Environmental Working Group (EWG) says you should be concerned about pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables, but, not so concerned that you stop eating these foods.”

They just recently published a dirtiest foods list, apples at the top.  Not too dirty to eat though, just dirty…I think we’ve all been there.

So why be concerned?  Concerned that… what?  I rubbed it on my sleeve before I ate it today, feel better?

Here is a great article discussing some of the facts involved in common man’s produce:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/06/19/155354070/why-you-shouldnt-panic-about-pesticide-in-produce

I’m not trying to defunct the organic food industry, although I do think its a bit absurd. I also think that if well to do moms think they’re saving the local farmers, they should know, they’re not.  Organic Ag is BIG industry, big lobby, special interest porn stars.  Chinese organic cows?  Really?  Does that make you feel better?  Anyway…

I just want us to remember how lucky we are.  If we have time and space to worry so hardily about whether or not our food has been treated with pesticides even though the food is still safe than we have made it, haven’t we?

You gotta be rich in the first place to think like that.

One comment

  • The majority of Americans biggest challenge lies in figuring out what NOT to eat every day. Think about that. A large number of the earths population is starving or malnourished and our biggest issue is keeping unhealthy food out of our mouths. I should be so lucky to be able to be concerned with where it comes from.

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