I saw this on NYTimes.com blog, Dr. Green focuses not only on pesticides but on how foods affect the environment. On his website he goes into detail about the amount of oil used in modern farm production, and the effect on our water supply from pesticide runoff. The idea is to take responsibility for the effect you have on the planet with your eating choices. I also like that he address’s cost, most families (and artists for that matter) can’t afford to go all organic, but he makes it clear that even switching to one or two of the top foods, can make a difference. I will say the production value of the videos is kind of hokey, but it’s nice to see someone making an effort to provide information in such a reasonable, informative manner. I have been trying to be organic for a long time, but higher cost makes it impossible to be 100%. It’s nice to know that I can still make an impact with a few changes.

This is obviously becoming a big issue in our country, there are already 379 posts on the Times site about the article. There is quite a bit of contention in the posts: claims that dairy, potatoes & peanuts are bad for you in any form, debates about the truthfulness in organic labeling, and questions about choosing between organic and locally produced food. There does not seem to be much agreement on this subject. My feelings are that most Americans eat these foods, and it is probably a lot easier to get them to go organic, then to give them up all together. I find it interesting that are culture is equally obsessed with health, eating & external appearances. It seems like we are always having to choose between the 3. It would be nice is food that tasted good, was also healthy and kept us looking good.

Top 10 Organic Foods – Dr. Greene’s Organic Rx

1. Milk

2. Potatoes

3. Peanut Butter

4. Baby Foods

5. Catsup

6. Cotton

7. Apples

8. Beef

9. Soy

10. Corn

11. Wine – Indeed, hard to find good & inexpensive choices.

Edward Weston understood our desire for food was related to other desires, and therefore irrational. Perhaps we will not make better choices, until we stop thinking about food in terms good/bad, indulge/deny.

Edward Weston