The price tag of healthy eating

Last night was a very busy night for me…I was trying to get caught up on all things in the home front (have I mentioned that I’m now employed as a paralegal?), getting ready for a meeting today AND trying to catch a Twitter chat on #GMODairy.

My candle was truly burning at both ends, and it kind of felt like I may have lit it in the middle as well.

I was mostly reading in on the Twitter chat, because I was trying to make supper and get a few other things done. But one statement stopped me dead in my tracks. A lady commented that, “More and more Americans are going organic because they have become savvy shoppers. Health has no price tag.”

Wait a minute…

Come again?

I beg to differ.

Health certainly DOES have a price tag. If it didn’t, why would so many people be up in arms over health insurance? Why would “Obamacare” be treated like the apocalypse? Why would premiums be skyrocketing, insurance companies folding and people going bankrupt, all because of medical bills?

Yes, health has a price tag. And the beauty of the country we live in, is that we get to decide what it is…Each. One. Of. Us.

Yes, even with “Obamacare.” You don’t want insurance? Don’t buy it. Pay the fine. A choice you may not like, but a choice all the same. (And no, this isn’t about arguing the faults/promises of that law…just a point to make.)

So here’s my problem with the #GMODairy Twitter chat. It was a session in bullying. Yes, I said bullying. Not school-yard bullying, but adult, if-you-value-your-family-you’ll-spend-the-money type of bullying.

And here’s what it boils down to: if you want to buy organic, go ahead and do it. If you want to buy conventional, go ahead and do it. If you want to buy GMO, go ahead and do it. Just don’t feel guilty about the decisions you make, and don’t make me feel guilty about the decisions I make. Those are the only “rules” I want you to follow.

My grocery budget is pretty large. I have a large family, and my four boys can put away a LOT of food in a week’s time. I grow a large garden, but I admit that it’s mostly for therapy, not just food production. I enjoy giving away the food that I raise, and we eat as much as we can. In the store, my decisions revolve around my youngest son’s diet, what’s on sale, what I feel like making and what the produce in the store looks like…and not necessarily in that order.

When I get home, I rest easily at night, knowing that I’ve done my job to the best of my ability. I know that my children are well fed and that we have gone one more day without being hungry. And I am thankful for that.

The price tag of healthy eating? It’s up to you to decide.

And that’s all that should matter.

6 thoughts on “The price tag of healthy eating

  1. Well done! I’ve figured out people love to argue over the sake of arguing. No one is going to “win” they just want to make sure their point of view is the “right” point of view. Those of us in Ag HAVE to tell the truth about what some throw out as “truth” and it’s hard for them to accept that what they’re spewing as truth may not be. Keep on keeping on!!

  2. Here, here! Very well-stated.
    The great debates over food are becoming more than a little concerning. I recently had the mis-fortune to sit in on a meeting where the speaker felt it necessary to refer to “real” food vs. “that other stuff” repeatedly. It really made me wonder….wasn’t this country founded on freedom?
    If someone chooses NOT to buy the food my husband and I produce, so be it. But, we will get the point if no one buys it…they don’t have to post un-true/mean/inflammatory remarks.
    It’s hard enough to make a living in Agriculture…all the lies and fear-mongering and rudeness swirling around in cyberspace are just making it that much harder.
    Thanks for posting!

    • Freedom…funny how we take it for granted, right? I have a hard time following what someone is saying, when their first words are to accuse me of not doing right by my family. I couldn’t imagine doing anything that I thought would intentionally harm them…ever! And I’m pretty certain that most people feel the same way.
      Thanks for reading!

  3. Amen! It’s all about choices…..we are fortunate enough to be able to grow our own. I don’t blast people for using GMO vs. non GMO; organic vs. non-organic…the list goes on and on….again…it’s about choices!

    • Yep, choices are what makes our country so great. I have no problem with someone whose choices are different than mine, just don’t insult the choices I make. Thank you for reading!

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