Unfortuantely "organic" -- like many buzzwords today -- has begun to take on a pop culture significance that can sometimes be at odds with its true meaning. It has become a marketing label that adorns everything from food to clothing to toys to a style of parenting. And it has become a standard with which parents judge one another and make each other feel inferior. It's time for us to take a closer look at the real meaning of organic and shift our focus from the veneer of superiority it affords us.
As the recent controversy over factory-produced organic eggs reveals, not all organic foods are created equal. Many large corporations are capitalizing on the trend and selling "organic" foods whose quality is dubious. While it is obvious that eating foods without added antibiotics, hormones and pesticides is not only better for our bodies, but better for the earth, it is also clear that when the very same corporations are selling both conventional and organic products, serious oversight is necessary.
Supporting small organic farmers doing clean business is a wonderful way to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the Earth, as well as to enjoy high quality food, clothes and other products. However, organic products typically carry a much heavier price tag. Here are a few other options for getting high quality, eco-friendly products outside of buying only goods with the organic label.
Rather than blindly succumbing to the latest pop culture fad, take the time to examine your reasons for choosing products bearing the organic label. It would be a mistake to fall prey to this marketing trend that can also foster elitism, as not everyone is wealthy enough to afford such a lifestyle. Remember that the true definition of organic is alive, simple, healthful and close to nature. Forget the labels and embrace your own inner organic.
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