Why I'm Sticking with Organic...

You've seen the articles right?

The Tyranny of the Organic Mommy Mafia 

Organic Food is not Healthier than Conventional Produce

They have inflammatory titles and talk about me (and you perhaps) as though we are FORCING people to [voluntarily] purchase organic food - because we have been deluded to believe it is higher in vitamins than conventionally produced food.  I am presented as a mom who won't allow my child to parties or to school where NON ORGANIC food is served.  Get a grip on reality people.  Honestly, people are overestimating their importance. The mommy wars are a real blast, but for real?  

In order of preference here is how we acquire food to consume in our house:
1. we grow it and eat it fresh
2. we grow it and eat it canned
3. we purchase it from a local, farm, from a farmer we know, who uses sustainable and organic practices 
4. we purchase it organic from the store

In MOST cases we buy things with few ingredients (like 5-10) and only things we can pronounce..

These articles cite tests and studies that quite frankly aren't testing and studying what concerns me about conventional foods.  Here is why we will continue to eat organic foods in my house:

  • Our government has YET TO TEST the long term effects of GMOs in our food.  Europe won't allow it into their food, Kraft and other AMERICAN companies keep them out of our exports, why should we be subject to the unknown consequences of these UNTESTED changes to our food supply?  Organic food cannot have any GMO components.
  • Organic food is produced with stricter pesticide requirements and no synthetic fertilizers.
  • It tastes better.  Don't take my word for it - eat an organic strawberry and a conventional one.
  • Organically fed animals are more likely to be fed a diet that is natural to them (ie: grass fed beef).
  • No hormones.  None.
  • Because eating "natural" food means absolutely nothing according to our laws.
  • There are some unexplained changes that have occurred since our food supply has been messed with... sure they could have been caused by cell phones, or facebook, or video games or baby formula... but the increase in ADD, autism, obesity, food allergies, is pretty damning evidence that SOMETHING is going on with our bodies... how about going back to the basics of cooking from scratch, with ingredients you can pronounce, from your backyard if possible... can it HURT?  It is bothering anyone?
In short, organic food is produced closer to the way I produce food at my house, or my farmer produces food on her farm.  It tastes better.  That's why I'm eating it.  That's why my kids are eating it.

YOU, are free to do as you wish.  No mafia is coming after you, my kids will still go to birthday parties at your house, and you know what - I DON'T even think about it when we're out and away from home.  I work only on what I can control and let go of what I can't.  You should too - organic food or not.  

It's an offer I'm sure you can't refuse... {evil laugh here}



Candied Carrots

ENJOY these!  They were one of the best parts of Easter dinner and are always a hit around our house :) 

Candied Carrots
We use organic, fair trade, and or local ingredients
Peel and cut as many carrots** as you want/have (we LOVE the organic rainbow kind… but we are growing just plain old carrots in the garden)

3-5 tbs butter (the more carrots the more butter)

1 big tablespoon of honey (no matter how many carrots you have a heaping tablespoon should be enough – the carrots themselves, cooked slowly, are super sweet)

Optional (for those who are the sugaring type…) 1 tbs brown sugar mmmmmm.

Cut your carrots evenly and put into a sauce pan with butter and honey (and sugar).

Cook over low heat slowly with a cover… sometimes we cook them for more than an hour.

Enjoy.  They are sweet… almost like candy and they are a HUGE hit!  

**In this case you really NEED organic carrots.  They are sweeter than regular carrots… I don’t know the science behind it – but if you don’t believe me do a blind taste test…



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