A link that Stephen sent me via StumbleUpon
I’ve never heard of Mark Bittman. But I dig his vibe, baby.
Here’s a quote from that article :
Lifehacker: One common complaint about all the talk of eating organic, eating locally sourced food, is that it can seem prohibitively expensive, at least as far as the organic section, the co-op prices are concerned.
Mark Bittman: There’s no question they’re more expensive, but I’d argue that (organic and local food) is priced closer to what food is actually worth, or what it really costs to produce it. Crap is cheap, because crap is subsidized. Not all cheap food is bad for you, but a lot of bad food is cheap.
… While I do support the movement toward organic and local food, I think it’s more important to advocate moving toward plants over processed foods. I can understand that people might be put off by the costs of organic food, and might not want to shift their whole diet toward it, but the important thing is getting more people eating less meat, especially bad meat, and more plants. It’s how I try to eat.
That last bit pretty much sums up my whole view. We cannot afford organic produce. I can grow some of my OWN, and that’s the cheapest option for us – I’ve got plans for our garden next year since I now know that yes, things DO grow here and I won’t kill them. But I shop at the buy low. And unless there is a sale on organic produce that brings the price down to that of the regular pesticide laden food? Pfft. Srsly. I can’t afford that shit and that is the beginning and end of the story. I don’t care if it’s better for you – and I don’t entirely believe that it is. The biggest reason I’d LIKE to buy organic produce is that I’d be supporting smaller farms – ideally I’d be buying from farmer’s markets, and it doesn’t get too much smaller than that – especially when you’re buying from your neighbors.
We are pretty dang careful of the meat in our diet. We usually have chicken. Ground beef sometimes – and I’m careful to stretch our meat so that it lasts. We’ve been eating meals w/out meat a lot the last while now that I think of it. It’s very rarely the centre of our meal. It works for us. We’ll never go vegetarian – for one thing I think some people are MEANT to eat meat. We are, and we’re fine with that. I’m not going to go buy a 25$ free range chicken either – I’d be happy to set up a chicken run if I ever have the place for it, but there’s just no fucking way.
I really appreciate his views on the processed food. I think that more than pesticides that this is the thing we need to focus on – there are organic mac n cheese boxes out there and they’re still crap. Other factors in my grocery shopping choices : 1) what is all this “junk food is cheap” talk? That stuff is not. cheap. And it doesn’t fill you up – so you’re eating an expensive crap meal that’ll leave you hungry. Don’t get it. 2) it tastes awful. Who buys this stuff? Who LIKES this stuff? Don’t get it.
SO anyways, I’m not attacking folks who do any of this stuff, go veg, adjust their lifestyles to afford themselves cruelty free veg and pesticide free birds. If that’s your thing I’m not even FINE with it – I just don’t care. It’s refreshing to see this from a so called food guru. I don’t really have much sympathy with or patience for the Micheal Pollans out there.