I think it’s funny (read: annoying) when people think that buying and eating organic foods is the change. Growing things without chemicals to aid in their development or pest control is actually the new thing, if you want to look at the big picture.
We humans have a knack for looking at the current time period as if that is how things have always been done. We logically know we are living in a time different from all previous eras, but we *act* like this is how it has always been.
I remember talking to a professor when I went to FTCC, several years ago. It was a writing class but we read Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail as an example of a powerfully argumentative, logical argument. It was great, by the way. Anyway, the class is in a discussion about it and someone has mentioned a racially-charged statement they heard at work and the teacher says that “Things aren’t going to change. It’s never going to change.”
And I said (or at least thought, but I *think* I said) “But things have changed! 200 years ago there was slavery. 60 years ago there was ‘separate but equal’. Before that, women couldn’t vote. In South Africa a decade ago there was aparteid. We have to believe that because things have changed to be better for all people, things will continue changing.”
The professor didn’t say anything.
We look at our world with the same error in regards to the state of our current food issues, though even that is not as horrible as the unfairness of treating people a certain way because of a physical attribute. In both situations, let’s remember where we came from to put our current status in correct perspective.
People think you can’t grow organic vegetables on a large scale, that you need the chemicals for pest control. Then who do these large-chain grocery stores get their supply from? People think that there is no difference in the quality of organic foods. But the vitamins and nutrients formed in a peice of fruit, that benefit our body, form because the plant is naturally defending itself against pests and disease. So we put a chemical on it to fight for it, and the fruit doesn’t have to. Organic fruit and veggies have more nutrients in them for this reason. Believe me or not, google it or not, that’s your choice.
Even if there was no nutritional or taste difference, think about all the chemicals washed down into our water. There are chemicals present in the fat stores of polar bears. That’s how far reaching our agricultural system is.
The ocean’s pH has changed to become acidic enough that 80 percent of oysters are not surviving. Again, believe me or not, look it up for yourself or not, but we have got to stop acting like growing things organically is the change. That was the first way. Agriculture now, the way it is done now, that is the change, the effects of which we are beginning to see. Some of us are, at least.