Natural is not easy or cheap Living Green
Eating natural foods in a natural state and living green. One would think this is a new concept instead of an
ages old concept. Once it was just a necessity. There was very little in the way of processed food - just canned
goods and smoked meat. Everything was recycled and everyone did the recycling.
Automation and factories took the canning out of the home kitchen. In fact, it took the cooking out of the
kitchen. I wonder if the inventor of the TV dinner had any idea of the havoc he released. I see people at the
store buying nothing but frozen dinners. No fresh produce, no fruit canned or fresh and beer and wine and sodas
fill out the order. These meals are being fed to children as well as adults.
It is no longer just single mothers working 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet. Many couples no longer see each other
because they are both working 2 jobs. The kids are left on their own or with a sitter. In this day of rising
gas prices which in turn raises the price of groceries, I see more and more of the retired population trying to
find some way to increase income and cut costs.
Processed prepared foods and take out have become necessities. Blaming it on the time crunch. Blaming it on the
economy - it is cheaper to buy a tv dinner for one or two than it is to buy fresh and cook. Time and money equal
We priced out a new counter top for the kitchen. Going green using recycled materials was very much more
expensive than the other options except top of the line granite. Recycled paper made into paper napkins is twice as
expensive as the cheap brand.
Plastic -- once the best thing every invented -- now the scourge of mankind for multiple generations.
Where is the scientist who is working on turning used plastic into vehicle fuel? Add plastic to the list of
things that actually harm your body. Plastics leach toxins into the food they hold - especially when placed
in the microwave.
All those things that were supposed to make life better, easier and last longer have turned into bursting
bubbles. Carbons emissions from everything from light bulbs, vehicles and even humans is slowly destroying
the earth. All the labor saving devices that were supposed to improve the quality of life turned most of us into
flabby couch potatoes.
There is a lovely woman who comes into the store occasionally. She is fit, trim, well dressed, vibrant and
somewhat snooty - has no patience with over weight people. She also has a live in maid who does the meals and
she herself spends her time with tennis lessons, golf lessons, the gym and spa and trips to Bermuda. Her reality is
something most of my customers only dream about.
It is an easy answer - go green, live green, recycle, eat natural healthy. But the reality is that it is a hard
choice. It is a more expensive choice -- a more time consuming choice.
It means that instead of picking that parking space in the back of the lot, you leave the car at home and walk
to the store. You can't carry as much when you are walking so that is multiple trips on foot to the store.
Now you also have to deal with the budget and not over buy.
Healthy food is in the organic section at the grocery store and that section is anywhere from 50 percent to
200 percent higher than the pesticide, hormone loaded counterparts.
When every penny counts it is hard to choose organic meat and give up the cable for the tv. I don't think very
many families are going to make the choice to give up cable. It is easy to tell yourself the cheaper meat
must be ok or the government would not allow it to be sold.
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