|Organic and happy cows (in grassy fields, eating grass and roaming free)|
|Unorganic and sad cows...no grass and no room to roam|
When I first heard about going "organic" I figured that it was just a fad and it'd be something we'd all look back on someday and say "Hey remember when everyone started going organic, that was a joke!" I really didn't care where my food came from and was not going to pay more for chicken that was supposedly "organic". But after watching this documentary and reading more about it all, I really do think this is something important and something that (hopefully) will become commonplace in every household. Don't get me wrong though, going organic is EXPENSIVE! The chicken breast I used to buy cost $2.99 a pound and now the organic kind costs anywhere from $6.99 to $8.99 a pound! That's up to 4x the price!! But Josh and I rationalized it by figuring that the money we spend now is worth it if it means spending less on healthcare costs in the future. Think about all those pesticides and unnatural hormones we are eating that our food has been exposed to... that can't be good for our health and who knows what kinds of diseases they can cause. Plus, by buying organic we are supporting local farmers instead of those big corporations who are processing our food with little regulations.
I know going organic might not be possible for everyone, but start small. Maybe start by going to your local farmer's market on a Saturday morning or start buying organic meat. You could even start by watching this documentary and educating yourself. Josh and I are starting to incorporate organic food into our lives little by little. Its been tough because you have to read labels (to see if its really "organic"; "all natural" is not organic) and you end up spending more time and more money. But, so far its been worth it. We've found that organic milk surprisingly tastes a LOT better. Maybe its all in our heads, but I swear I can tell a difference. I've never been able to drink straight milk, but with the organic milk I could easily have a few glasses.
|Sometimes I wish this really existed, maybe people would think twice about what they buy|
After all this organic talk and after watching the documentary Josh and I really want our own ranch where we can raise our own chickens and cows and grow vegetables. I know absolutely nothing about growing food or tending to animals, but maybe someday we'll be a couple of ranch hands, you never know! :) Maybe I'll just start small with an herb garden. Yes, an herb garden sounds perfect.