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We were enjoying nibbling on salad like little rabbits during yesterday’s lunch so much that the salad bowl needed a refill. Wanting to continue my herbivorous feast, I walked to the fridge and pulled out the bags full of arugula and mixed greens. I reached into the plastic produce bags from the grocery store, grabbed a handful of lettuce, and threw it into the bowl. That was strike one in passing New York City’s restaurant sanitation code. Strike two, occurred when I pointed out to my guests that I do not wash my salad before consumption. Talk about throwing yourself into the fire.

I’m assuming that you will probably refuse any salad offered to you at my dinner table with those factoids. I don’t blame you, but consider this first. Is a little rinse going to counteract the fact that the lettuce, not organic, was most likely grown using pesticides? No, how can a splash of water counteract that the lettuce is composed of chemicals, that they are integral to its being. Some concern rightfully paid to my choice of greens transformed my seemingly nutritious appetizer into a point of both moral and health concerns.

Consumers’ buying power is one of the greatest forces in promoting the organic and sustainable food movement. My purchase of non-organic greens is equivalent to accepting the use of pesticides and hormones in the growth of genetically modified food. I don’t accept that, so why the hell was I buying these greens? Like others, I am guilty of sacrificing my food quality for convenience. I can relate to the urge to make grocery shopping as painless as possible – in and out. I chose the first bunch of lettuce I saw. Yes, this had the benefit of time efficiency, but it was not worth the loss of attention paid to the sourcing and production of my food. Five minutes can mean the difference between supporting and protesting the current food quality standards. Take the extra minute to exercise your buying power wisely.

What’s more, convenience can by no means outweigh the detrimental effects of non-organic food on our bodies. A USDA Pesticide Data Program found 57 pesticide residues in spinach and 51 in lettuce. Consider the long-term consequences of these poisons in your body, your temple. Don’t test your body’s threshold for pesticide exposure. We too are animals; we too will feel the ramifications of what we put into and take from the environment. I urge you, much like I did, to re-evaluate your relationship with your food, exercise your buying power responsibly, and consider the effects of your food choices on your health.

The twigster,


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