However, the benefits will outweigh the costs significantly. When I think about the chemicals that constantly surround me and the way most food animals are treated, I can't stand the idea of continuing to eat the way I did.
So my January priorities for socially responsible food include:
- organic apples (which are mere cents more expensive then non-organic)
- potatoes (potatoes and apples are some of the most pesticide-contaminated vegetables, even after being washed)
- grass-finished beef (beef that begin and end their life on a pasture diet)
- free-range chicken (chicken that are allowed to roam the land and eat more naturally
- organic and local wheat flour in order to bake bread (how tasty does that sound!? We'll see how it turns out.)
These choices are never easy. I have the advantage of living in an urban area with many shopping choices. The organic section at my grocery store continues to grow, and if that doesn't suffice I can shop elsewhere, such as Angus Meat Market. Ultimately, it feels good to make these choices, however slowly we have to make them.