There’s something you should know about me.
I’m not an organic person. I mean, I am organic, in the true sense of the word (read: I am derived from living things). But, I’m not an organic mom (read: one who buys “organic” food, uses cloth diapers, green cleaning supplies, and won’t let anything labeled trans-fat touch her lips).
I may have just lost a chunk of my readers, but I’ll plunge ahead, assuming you are all still hanging with me and give the reasons:
1) Health isn’t my top priority. *gasp*. I know it sounds weird to write down. Maybe it’s wrong to feel this way? I’d rather spend the extra time it takes preparing uber-healthy organic food, doing something that is uber-healthy for my soul.
2) The evidence about food is always changing anyway. Low-fat used to be the sure-fire way to avoid heart disease, now it’s low-carb. What if, in a couple years, they discover that all the chemicals organic farmers aren’t putting on the food, really were needed to keep diseased food off the shelves?
3) For me, food isn’t moral, it’s fuel. I eat food so that I can walk around during the day. I don’t eat food so that I can achieve perfect health. (Similarly, I don’t think the earth is “moral.“)
4) It’s expensive. I think it should be named “big organic,” the same way people say, “big oil.”
5) I don’t believe that eating organic is really going to keep me healthier. I don’t think I have that kind of control over my health. If God decides I’m getting cancer, he may use aspartame to do it, or he may use faulty genes, or he may just zap me. But, either way, when he decides it, it’s happening.
I have a friend who didn’t breast-feed her kids… on purpose. *double gasp*.
It’s not because she’s unable. It’s just a personal choice. Her three older children are believers who passionately love God and others (her youngest is only 5, so I’m not sure about him:). One time she told me, with a smile, “No, I didn’t breast-feed them, but they seem to have turned out ok.” Now, that’s somebody with her priorities straight!
So, now you know. I’m organically reluctant. Can we still be friends?
Note: I feel a strong inclination to say that, yes, we do eat a (usually) balanced diet with veggies, etc. My kids don’t drink soda-pop and eat potato chips for supper.
And for Mr. TommyD’s (my husband) sake, I should also note that he does not share my aversion to all-things organic.