Thank you all for your comments on the blog yesterday!
With all that blogging about the environment, there was a lot of talk about organic products. For years I’ve been listening to people complain about the higher cost of some of these products. My answer is often the same, “It really depends where and how you shop.”
While I think it’s no one’s business but your own when it comes to your shopping cart and shopping habits, I can’t let this one go. Organic products are not always more expensive, but they may take you out of your comfort zone. Why do I say this? Because if you want to get a good deal on organics, you can’t always have blueberries in February.
I am from a family of frugal Yankees. We clip coupons, compare prices and live for the Sunday circulars. I love a bargain. I’m the annoying woman in the pasta aisle looking at the price per weight of different brands, and it’s worth it. But even more than a good bargain, I love good food that’s good for me.
Yes, certain organic products will almost always cost more – meat and chicken are great examples - but if you shop with the seasons, I think you’ll find the prices are not so out there. And don’t forget store-brand organics for staples like pasta, milk, yogurt, soup…you may be surprised at the prices. And never underestimate your local farmers and farmers markets – not only are you supporting your neighborhood economy, you may find a fantastic deal on delicious produce.
Why do I care about this? Because I hate to see people swear off good food with a blanket statement. I’m not militant about eating organic, but I notice the simpler, more natural my foods, the better I feel. I’m not a fan of putting chemicals, preservatives and things I can’t pronounce into my body.
I’ve also noticed some important differences – for me, nothing tastes as good as organic milk, apples or tomatoes. Plus, my skim milk isn’t blue – it’s white, like real milk.
Most of us cant afford to buy all organic all the time, but in my personal experience over the past decade, prices are coming down and not all organic foods are as pricey as many think. OK, coming down off the green soapbox!
The protests for a free Tibet reach Mt Everest…and get one climber sent packing. A US citizen with a “Free Tibet” banner was turned back from the famous peak this week, according to a Nepalese army officer. The torch is scheduled for a trip to the summit of Everest next month; in advance of its arrival, authorities are tightening security and cracking down on anti-Chinese activities.
I wonder when – or, sadly, if - all these protests will have an impact on China?
Finally, if you say you don’t smoke, you’d better mean it. Dozens of employees who signed documents for their HR department and health insurance provider claiming they didn’t use tobacco were caught smoking or dipping on company property. If you’re going to try to beat the system, here’s a tip: don’t do it at work. Save that smoke or chew for when you’re at home or somewhere no one from the office will see you…not on campus. At that point, you’re asking to get caught. And now these 39 people could lose their jobs.
Filed under: Erica Hill
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