The New York Times just published an article which posits the question: It’s Organic, but Does That Mean It’s Safer?
Ummm….the answer is a big fat American NO!
Not for processed food at least. Factory made is factory made, regardless of organic certification and a high end price tag. The article, written by Kim Severson and Andrew Martin, cites violations of health codes–specifically rat infestations–that contributed to the recent salmonella outbreak which plagued peanut butter factories. That’s right, organic peanut butter factories.
Processed food is still processed food, even if it is made with organic ingredients. This article is great because it prompts people to really look at where their food comes from and, hopefully, gets them to examine what they actually consider to be edible.
While I know not everyone has the time to cook things from scratch, despite the fact that it is a great way to drastically cut down your grocery bills, I would urge people to look around in their communities and try to buy as much as you can locally. Not just fruits and veggies and, if you’re fortunate enough, milk, but even things like bread and cakes and cookies and chips and whatever other convenient snacky stuff you like to eat.
Shop at your local bakery instead of buying a box of cookies. Ask that mom who always bakes for your kids’ class at holiday time if she would be interested in selling her goodies to you. Taste the wholesome goodness of human made. Ingest food made by real hands directed by a thinking, feeling, loving person.
And check back to the Sabjimata site by the week’s end. The store will be up and running again.
Rage against the (rat infested) machine. Buy human made!