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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Organic


Sunday Scribblings prompts: What is your take on 'organic?'

I'm probably one of those cynics who view organic in terms of increased cost. There are several things that astound me when given to serious thought and not necessarily in order are the following food paradoxes:
..it costs more to have less sugar
..it costs more to have less caffeine
..it costs more to have less salt
..it costs more to have fruit, vegies and meat grown or raised without expensive pesticides and man-made chemicals (unless waste counts) Argh

When I shop at the local supermarket, albeit the smallest one I can find, it becomes apparent that locally grown organic goods are nearly double the price of those unhealthy (?) goods grown thousands of miles away and driven, flown, flown and driven to this little store. Somehow I feel guilty for not being green enough to appreciate the not-so-obvious-to-me attributes of organic.

But, in all honesty, every time I see the word organic I think of organdy fabric. How weird is that? This is one of my foibles I'm not trying to foist off on anyone.

I'm anxious to find out how the talented people on Sunday Scribblings view this particular word but I'm willing to bet there won't be another who thinks 'Oh, yeah, organdy.'

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28 comments:

justplaininsane said...

Ha - I think of granular! We just have to do our best!

Michelle said...

OK - I admit, I had to google organdy... weird part is that I know I've heard the term before, I think from my mom... and when I read the definition, I was like, "Duh, of course!" And I laughed! Thanks! :)

Marguerite said...

Can't say I thought of organdy, but I did think of increased cost of organic food. However, I went a totally different direction in my post.

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latree said...

we have lived with chemical stuffs around. back to organic seemed has become an expensive way...

organic: organdy fabric
that's cool!

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Organdy, I like that word and I bet that I'll think of it next time I go to the supermarket too!

present said...

I guess if we demand it, good food grown organically, or organdy :), then the price goes down. Go figure!? We didn't ask for the chemicals but we must have bought into it when we were sleeping, or something!

Asma Ahsan said...

I agree on ORGANIC food being too expensive to be bought regularly!

You are not cynical but a REALIST!

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Dave King said...

I like your organic/organie foible. It amuses me. Don't know why; we all ahve them - don't we? Your puzzlements have often been mine, too, but anything is better than pesticides, surely - almost anything.

anthonynorth said...

Now that's an interesting word. I like it. As I see it, Big Biz just plays at green, applying cosmetic remedies to make us think they care. When in reality they're doing everything to scupper the green issue - such as making sure organic is expensive.

Giggles said...

No organdy for me....however I agree with you! Luckily I have a sweet produce stand around the corner from me and also use another frequented produce store. The busier they are the better I feel about my purchase....nothing like a good turnover to be sure you're getting the freshest!

Hugs Giggles

anno said...

You're right! Organdy was definitely not what I thought of when I first saw this prompt. Takes a poetic mind to make a connection like that... one I'll be turning over in my mind (like compost -- that's organic, right?) for the rest of the day. Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend!

nairobi said...

hey there...
nice write. A Differenet view.
Organdy!! sounds cool...

bluebethley said...

Hello, Tumblewords. . . How funny -- and how close to my reaction. Mine came from reading organic cereal boxes. Thank you for visiting my post. Even though we may be dismayed by commercialism, I still do prefer those smaller, "organdy" stores!

bluebethley said...

Hello, Tumblewords. . . How funny -- and how close to my reaction. Mine came from reading organic cereal boxes. Thank you for visiting my post. Even though we may be dismayed by commercialism, I still do prefer those smaller, "organdy" stores!

bluebethley said...

Our posts share much in common! And even though we may agree about the hidden commercialism, I do still prefer those small stores that carry "real" food. Thank you for visiting my site. I will think of you the next time I visit my favorite "organdy" store! Beth

Rambler said...

honestly speaking I think the origanic in todays terms is just a marketing gimic..which we easily fall prey to

DJPare said...

All good points!

"Organdy" - fun word!

keiths ramblings said...

Love it! We seem to be singing off he same hymn sheet with our posts -even though I did spell organdy differently!

Stephanie Perkins said...

Oh, I KNOW! Isn't it horrifying? America has to be the only country in the world where our poor are actually overweight, thanks to all that sugar and salt.

I try to eat organically, but it's definitely a financial burden. At least the prices have gone down in the last two years, as more people have tried to do the same.

(Who knows, maybe someday EVERYONE will be able to afford pesticide-free apples! Imagine that! Hee hee.)

tricia stirling said...

yes, it's so ridiculous isn't it? everyone wants it/needs it so let's up the price!

Granny Smith said...

Did you mention that non-fat foods cost more than those with the organic fat that was there originally?

Jennifer Hicks said...

eating "healthy" does cost and puts so many people at a disadvantage because of the higher grocery bill....

Fledgling Poet said...

lol...I love that you think of organdy fabric when you see 'organic'. But your post is so true! To think that the local organic food costs TONS more than the food brought in from other countries...??? It doesn't make logical sense, does it?

seher's shenanigans said...

you sure have made me think... :) good shot!

Neilina said...

Your in-take I guess is totally different and really made me to think. Thanks!

Patois said...

How come all of the things that are supposed to be good for us and good for the earth are bad for our pocketbook? We think alike, I'm sure you're sorry to hear me say!

Doe said...

the reason why organic produce cost more is mainly due to the length and tedious alternative cultural practices and the use of plant-based rather than synthetic pesticides/fertilizers which act faster...
it's also about demand and supporting local farmers...
hope that explains a bit ,Organdy?!

and it's generally worth it; take organic herbs or even eggs where
the taste doesn't compare to
conventionally grown ones
while the difference is less visible/tangible in other produce especially thick-skinned bananas/oranges!!

much peace

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Nope, I don't think of organdy, although you've got a good point.

As for the pricing, keep your eyes open. I've found a few nice options around me, and even if it costs a bit more (but not an astronomical amount), it's worth it 'cause the taste is soooo much better.