Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Talk about a holistic approach... lets break down everyday decisions to help the health of our economy and our bodies.

So many of you know that what I put in my body is important to me. I saw this today on Instagram by a lady I very much admire. She is  biochemist, a badASS yogi, and from what I have gathered is hoping to open a Holistic Wellness Center in Costa Rica in the future with her husband. Anyway, I saw this and very much wanted to share this with you all:

Organic or Conventional

GMO or nonGMO
Local or Commercial 
Disposable or Reusable
Grassfed or Cornfed
Humanely Raised or Feed Lot

You vote with your hard earned money every time you buy something at the grocery store or restaurant. You vote with your demand for a certain product quality...or your acceptance of its mediocrity. 
Not everyone can afford to buy Organic. Not everyone lives in an area with a local farmers market. Not everyone has access to information about what we put into our bodies and/or what it is doing to the Earth. 
But you know what?

We do what we can with what we have. 
Food is a big part of our lives, and it should be a large expense in our daily and monthly budget. We only have one body, and we only have one planet. Not to mention that spending more on food might mean saving more in other categories, like medical. 
If those of us who CAN, start making conscious decisions about where we are placing our vote surrounding food products, we have the power to raise demand in current "niche" markets. 
And if we know anything about Capitalism, it's that a rise in demand breeds competition, and competition means more competitive prices, which means more availability for people who currently CAN'T. 
A 2011 study showed that less than 1% of US farm and pastureland is certified Organic. I'm willing to bet it's gone up a bit since then, but the VAST majority remains Commerical. Is it any surprise that Organic costs more? (Not that Organic is the panacea because it's not, but that's a rant for another time). This doesn't mean you can never go out to dinner with friends again or refuse to touch those plastic grocery bags the one time you forgot your cloth ones. 
It is just an invitation. 
To be here, present in this moment, and to recognize that every dollar you spend is actually a vote. To think about what went into making the food on your plate, and if/how you would like to see that change in anyway. 
If you're a meat eater (I am), to recognize and honor every life that has been given to sustain yours. To ask questions, demand answers, and never stop fighting for a fair and honest food economy.

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