I’ve had so many discussions with friends about going organic but, surprisingly, few of my friends follow the same guidelines I have for myself and my family. Reasons range anywhere from “I just haven’t gotten to it yet”, “it’s too complicated”, “it’s too expensive” or a simple “yea, I know! I want to, but…”
Recently, however, one of my friends had a really legitimate question: “Where do I even start?” In my opinion, I told her to start with organic dairy and meat products. Besides recycling, those were my first two changes. And to me, the reasons were obvious.
Let’s think about it for a second. Besides the animals simply being treated more humanely, for me, one major word comes to mind…steroids! They are dangerous to humans for a reason, so it seems ludicrous to me that farmers would be allowed to pass on animal products that are overloaded with growth hormone, steroids and antibiotics. So when we consume these products what do you think is in the milk, eggs or meat of these animals? Drugs that are harmful to humans and, in some cases, illegal.
We tell pregnant women and nursing moms not to consume certain foods, to watch their diets and avoid alcohol, but then we have drug laced meat and dairy just spread out on grocery store shelves, ready for us to consume.
Knowing what we now know, I can’t understand how this is acceptable to the FDA. And I, personally, can’t stand the thought of giving my kids non-organic milk on a daily basis. (I won’t even begin to discuss the gross side effects cows experience when injected with too many growth hormones!…yeah, it’s bad!)
For me, it brings new meaning to the old anti-drug slogan “Just Say No!”
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