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Certified Humane February 18, 2007

Posted by jojoe in Personal.
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This year, I have made a conscientious effort to buy organic fruits and veges and organic/humane meats and dairy.  Sure, it costs more, but with fruits and veges I figure we’re lowering our cancer risk and certainly lowering the damage done to the ecosystem.  With meats, I figure it’s better to let the animals run around a little and do their thing before I eat ’em.  Also, these meats and dairy products don’t use antibiotics and hormones, which is also good for the ecosystem (and ultimately our health).

Anyway, I’ve been buying “certified humane” eggs for some time now.  Yesterday, I actually read what that means and it says, “Meets the Humane Farm Animal Care Program standards, which include a nutricious diet without antibiotics, or hormones, animals raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and ability to engage in natural behaviors.”  It was the last part that cracked me up.  I imagined a scene out of “Chicken Run”, where the hens are gathered around gossiping about egg production and such.

Anyway, I encourage everyone within earshot to go organic where possible.  I know it costs more, but it is what food should cost.

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1. Petie - February 19, 2007

It’s actually one of our goals. Chris, the grocery shopper for the time being, is buying whatever organic options HEB carries and then, when we have more time, we’ll start shopping at Whole Foods, too. HEB doesn’t carry a lot of organic produce. :|

2. jojoe - February 19, 2007

Awesome! We don’t have a Whole Foods around us, but our local store ain’t bad. The painful thing to buy (price-wise) is humane chicken and organic milk.

3. Petie - February 19, 2007

I think I read somewhere that buying organic is up to 20% more – across the board, but it feels good to do. (organic and free range, etc.)

4. Petie - February 19, 2007

Oh, of course, growing your own is the best, but we can’t seem to get motivated to do that! Plus, dad says our yard is too shady. Go figure, as hot as it is here! :(

5. pete - February 24, 2007

I have read this is one of the bigest scams on consumers. SNL once did a skit on “organic foods” that was probably close to the truth.

The guy took an apple from a box. He then proceeded to beat it with a stick and threw it on the floor. He then picked it up and told the other guy, “now you can call this apple organic”.

The days of the small family farms is over.

6. Joey - February 24, 2007

There is probably some scam to it… but I also think there is some truth. If it is a big farm that can figure out how to grow food without perticides, hormones, and antibiotics, then I will support that, be it big or small.

Count on Wiki for some good info….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food

7. pete - February 24, 2007

the days IS over? Wow, I need editing capabilities


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