Wenona Hulsey


From shopping to growing and then to the table,

We all love to shop, but how we do it is the thing

I had a hearty chat with my father the other day over the unappetizing issue of plastic. Both he and my mother tower above most of us in regard to how we should lead our lives as organically as possible. It is all very well to perceive that you have organic eating habits, but have you considered just how organic this practice of yours is. One of the things that eats away at my conscience is the ridiculously high amount of plastic we continue to consume, and to a great degree still, waste.

To a large degree, my mother and father have managed to eliminate most of their plastic use. How? Well simply by starting up their own organic vegetable garden. There’s no plastic there. As for the rest of us, still shopping down at the supermarket or even local green grocer, plastic, plastic and still more plastic, we just can’t seem to get rid of one of the world’s highest and worst pollutants. And what is all this plastic made from?

Oil. Makes you think, doesn’t it. Speaking of oil, your vehicle uses it. Limit your shopping trips as far as you possibly can. No-one needs to go shopping every five minutes now do they.

Let’s go shopping, organically, if you please

My mother and father have had time on their hands as well-deserving pensioners. They have had more time to consider each and every item and practice within their means and control, respectively. In this urbanized environment, it is never perfect, but I like to believe that most of the time my folks are getting it right. They recycle and re-use as far as possible. That’s only when it is almost impossible to avoid purchasing an item without plastic cling-wrap around it.

This reminds me of one no-no we should all be striving towards. Frozen vegetables are basically still quite good for us, provided it is organic. But is it, really? I think not. If frozen vegetables are still being pre-packed in plastic, how can that be organic? Large retailers like to boast how much ‘reduced plastic’ went into the packaging and processing production line, but in my book, plastic is still plastic. And yet more plastic.

But I would love to take the practice further still. I would like to go all out in eliminating plastic from our daily eating and lifestyle habits altogether. I’d like to eliminate plastic from the menu entirely. I also think that it is safe and reassuring to say that one’s future balanced juicing habits will go a long way towards clearing up the use of plastic altogether. All it takes is a little dedication, time and practice to get right.

Cynics will be saying that all this seems so noble and admirable, if not highly impractical. There is only one way to find out, isn’t there. Supermarkets still give us the option to pick our own fruit and vegetables, minus the plastic. How difficult can that be? All you need to do is take with you your own hessian shopping bagss and pack your fresh produce accordingly. Keep brown paper bags handy for your potatoes to keep them fresh for longer.

It is better to grow your own food

By doing this, over time, we will have done much to save the planet, its creatures and our own healthy lives. My thoughts on juicing, I hope, should have a modest but positive impact on moving in this direction. Your juicing vegetables could be coming from your own organic garden someday. It would remain, however, a tall order to plant your own fruit orchards but even so, as I mentioned earlier, you still have the option to supermarket shop organically.

Organic table manners

If you can recall during my first batch of blog articles, I focused quite a bit on getting the balance right. We may be enthralled with our organic eating habits but what happens afterwards. We still need to wash up afterwards. Complete the organic picture completely, if you will, by scrapping your dishwasher and doing your own dishes for a change.

And while you’re at it, do limit the amount of water you are using. Also try and use an organic washing detergent which won’t include chemicals and the like pollutants which have a nasty habit of landing up in our oceans. Not only are you organically responsible, you’re also saving money on your electric or power bills. Oh, and do remember to wash your hands before your meals. This is a hygienic habit that most good parents should, by now, have taught their young children. And again, go in for an organic soap or washing lotion to limit or eliminate the negative impact on the environment.

Well, I do hope you have enjoyed reading this post as much as I had in writing it. I wonder how you feel. Isn’t it quite rewarding to share more of one’s own thoughts, rather than having to chop and paste from other sources, mostly online. This just goes to show what a lot of reading over a period of almost a year does for your knowledge empowerment. Like your first batch of organic vegetables, it allows you to grow.

All in the interest of going organic, I’ve covered the favored subject of shopping and ventured into that barren patch out in the yard which will soon become a green and flourishing garden. I like to think that it tied in nicely with my thoughts on how we should treat ourselves at the dinner table, healthily, of course. Until next time; bon appétit.



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