This month The Blog Exchange is changing things up a little and organizing a bunch of tiny debates. My partner had an unforeseen conflict so I am calling all of you to debate with me!
The debate? Organic food? Pro or Con? Processed food? Pro or Con?
Read what I have to say and then, please!, let me have it in the comments! How do you feel about all of this?
Edited to add: Laura got her post up! Head on over and see what she has to add to the debate!
At the end of the day I have nothing against organic or non processed foods. Honest! In a perfect world my children would only eat the healthiest of healthy natural foods, and I would be home every day making them three square meals from scratch. But in that perfect world I would have unlimited resources and time. (Wait, isn’t time a resource? Whatever. Moving on.) And this is not a perfect world, and I am only human. So when I show up at playgroup and a mom pulls out home baked cup cakes made with non processed whole wheat flower, apple sauce instead of sugar or oil, and carob chips instead of chocolate chips, I stifle my gag reflex, hide my daughter’s box of hyper processed fish shaped crackers, and make mmm sounds as I choke down one of the tasteless hockey pucks. My daughter however, can’t be convinced to even taste the natural concoction, she knows that something way tastier lays in wait in the diaper bag and she lets the whole group know that she’d much prefer a goldfish cracker, thank you very much!
I appreciate all the people who hope to keep their children from eating food dies, hormone laden dairy products, or excess processed sugar. I stand in awe of the friend who never eats foods that contain partially hydrogenated anythings. And I’ll even admit to only buying organic milk and yogurt, but that’s as far as my organic consciousness goes.
In this day and age I just don’t think that it’s practical or even realistic to spurn everything that contains pesticides, hormones, or even preservatives. We eat at McDonalds, we cook hotdogs, we even, gasp, serve up frozen chicken nuggets and fish sticks on a (very) regular basis. With the lives we lead I can’t picture us doing anything different. And, to be honest, I’m fine with having my kids eat these foods. And honestly? I don’t think I could give up the odd cookie or piece of candy.
I believe strongly that it’s all about moderation. C eats fish sticks and chicken nuggets with a side of veggies and some cheese. She eats fruit for desert and breakfast. She drinks organic milk and eats organic yogurts. And I feel good about the fact that she’s not going to binge on junk food when she’s away from home. After all, if your parents are serving it up on the family china then it’s not too exciting to indulge on the sly.
Tell me, where you do land on the organic food fence? How do you feel about processed foods?