“I think we need to take back our language. I want to call my organic carrots ‘carrots’ and let [other farmers] call theirs a ‘chemical carrot’. And they can list all the ingredients that they used instead of me having to be certified. The burden is on us to prove something. Let them prove that they used only 30 chemicals to produce an apple instead of 50.”
–Mary Jane Butters, organic farmer
I don’t know about you, but I winced when I recognized the truth in Ms. Butters’s words. By calling my shopping choices organic, I’ve unconsciously bought into the idea that the carrots, green leafies and other naturally colorful, cancer-preventive items in my shopping bag were something other than the real thing.
That doesn’t make sense. It’s because they were the real thing that I chose them in the first place.
Time to wake up. I’m retiring the word ‘organic’ from my food-related vocabulary, and calling my carrots just ‘carrots’, or perhaps ‘real carrots’. I’ll be choosing another way to describe fake or adulterated foods. Maybe I’ll follow the example of Dr. Mark Hyman and call them “Franken-foods”.
Tell me below what word you’d choose to describe foods that have been modified from the way Nature made them.
In doing so, perhaps in some small way I’ll contribute to raising consciousness about what’s real and wholesome when it comes to food. Will you join me?
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