Just How Organic Are You?

Just How Organic Are You?

Amber Byfield
Dec 5, 2008

We'll be the first to admit that along the journey to green-ify our own lives, we slip up. Mostly in the food department (it's pretty easy to remember to use a CFL, recycle our batteries, and ease up on the plastic use); just last night, we ate out and had totally non-organic, fake-cheese smothered enchiladas...and really didn't think twice about it, especially after a long day at work.

We do our best to make conscious choices, but allow ourselves a bit of wiggle room. For instance, that eclair in the photo montage? Not organic. And we didn't think twice about it. But Dr. Alan Greene would have put his foot down, because for three full years, every single bite was organic.

Dr. Greene's experiment, according to this NYT article, was inspired after a dairy farmer explained to him that organically raised cows tended to get sick less. The same has been true with Dr. Greene's self experiment; he says he's healthy as can be. Dr. Greene also cut back on the meat, which is another way to lessen the footprint of our food.

We love the idea of eating as organic as possible, and are definitely on that track. But we don't see ourselves setting any must-follow rules (the book Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon comes to mind) or expecting our families to accommodate whenever we're in town.

What about you? Are you currently 100% organic, or would you challenge yourself to be?

Photos: Amber Byfield for Re-Nest.

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