Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Local Organic Co-Op

This past month, my husband and I decided to join a local organic co-op at The Movement Dallas! We enjoyed zucchini, tomatoes, raspberries, mangoes, red leaf lettuce, bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, sweet peppers, avocados, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach. ALL ORGANIC!! We got so much for not a lot of money. It came out to be less expensive than a small trip to Whole Foods!

Why organic? To be organic, food must not be treated with pesticides or chemicals and isn't farmed with synthetic fertilizer. Organic farmers use sustainable resources and conserve soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. By eating organic, not only are you bettering your body, but also promoting a better world!

"Conventional" farms often use pesticides on their produce. While keeping bugs away, it is toxic to us! You may wash your fruit and veggies, but do you realize what actually soaks into the food itself? Many farmers also use steroids and antibiotics on their animals to keep them from getting sick and to make them bigger. Both = more $$! It's no wonder that our children are getting bigger and bigger. Steroids are in the food that we eat! What do steroids do...they make us grow...not always up. Organic meat is typically grass fed (no grains) and raised more humanely.

You may wonder if it is more expensive to eat organic. The answer is yes and no. The cost of organic food reflects the true cost of farming. Conventional food doesn't reflect the cost of environmental clean-up. Some organic foods such as meat and cheeses may actually cost less! As organic foods become more and more popular, the cost will continue to go down.

Check out www.TheMovementDallas.com for info on their local organic Co-Op.

1 comment:

  1. Here in Wimberley, we have a perfect trifecta of Wednesday Farmer's Market, Arnosky's Big Blue Barn, and the bountifulsprout.org, all of which open me up to fresh, organic, local grown food from small producers - some of our farmers work only a few acres! Right now I am eating a big plate of 3 different kinds of cucumber, 4 different kinds of tomato and some local homemade hummus. There are 5 different kinds of watermelon in the fridge, and I just made 3 big batches of tomato soups and bisques in the freezer - and none of it traveled thousands of miles on diesel fumes, yet it feels absolutely decadent to eat this well.

    Nice blog, Tricia! Keep it up. :-)