A few years back Jim was delivering a box of produce to a regular customer. An interested neighbor saw him drive up and came over to see what he was doing. After Jim explained the neighbor simply said, “Oh, yeah. They ARE from California!” and walked off. We had a good laugh over that one. The idea that organic food is for a select few is, after all laughable when given even a little thought.
Organic food, or as I call it, real food is simply food grown the old fashioned way. Grown in rich, nutrient dense soil, with seeds that have not been genetically modified and given clean water and air. What organic food is lacking is perhaps even more significant since organic food is GMO and chemical free, both of which have been proved harmful to human health.
A clean earth is enormously important to all of us. Saving Earth for the sake of earth may seem silly, but choosing good food and safe growing practices for the sake of people, well that is very worthwhile. What some may miss at first glance is that the food they buy is food that someone has grown. That someone could be their neighbor, father, sister or friend. That person does not deserves to work in a harmful and unhealthy work environment simply because we want to save a few cents on our food.
Secondly, that food that is grown becomes your diet. Our diet is the single most impactful decision we make for our health. The chemicals used in commercial farming are for the most part known carcinogens. The “allowable” levels of these chemicals in our food is not safe for children and even the EPA warns that they should not be consumed. Eating in a way that is preventative may seem to take a little extra effort or money today, but it will save us great effort and cost in the future.
Lastly, the food we buy impacts our natural resources; water, soil and air. These in themselves might not seem important to some, but when you see the big picture that this is the water we drink here at our home in TreasureValley; this is the air our children are breathing. Our food, health and environment have a huge impact on our overall quality of life. These are things worth investing in and celebrating!
For the love of your farmer and your neighbor celebrate Earth day today and all year by buying food thoughtfully. It is a simple a celebration of doing things right for people by way of this place we all live called Earth. You made a difference with every bite!
Rachel for Brown Box Organics
History and Facts
Today is Earth Day, and many consider the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 to be the true launch of the modern environmental movement. While it certainly was a significant event, the beginnings of the U.S. environmental movement can be traced as far back as 1739, though it was not called environmentalism at the time and was still considered conservation until the 1950s.
Even though most of us now know Earth Day as an annual celebration, it did not begin that way. The first Earth Day was in 1970 with more than 20 million in attendance. The second Earth Day celebration didn’t occur until twenty years later in 1990 with 100 million people around the globe participating. This began the tradition of celebrating Earth Day annually on April 22nd.
Simple ways to make a difference:
● Buy organic and buy local! Reduce food miles and keep the local natural resources clean.
● Enjoy home delivery. Every route we deliver is efficiently routed saving a LOT of gas and we specialize in organic and natural food with local always being our first choice.
- Paper or Plastic? Neither is a good choice. Twelve million barrels of oil were used to make the 88.5 billion plastic bags consumed in the United States last year. And it takes four times more energy to make paper bags. The best choice is reusable shopping bags made of cotton, nylon or durable, mesh-like plastic for traditional market shopping. Even better? Brown Boxes that are reused and then recycled!
- Increase your gas mileage by checking your tire pressure. More than a quarter of all cars and nearly one-third of all SUVs, vans and pickups have under-inflated tires, according to a survey by the Department of Transportation. If every American kept his or her tires properly inflated, we could save 2.8 billion gallons (10.6 billion liters) of gasoline a year.
- Most of us would be surprised to find out that one in every five toilets leak, and since the leaks are usually silent, you probably have no idea if your toilet is leaking. A leaking toilet can waste anywhere between 30 and 500 gallons of water every day, so any leak should be repaired. To see if your toilet is leaking, put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the dye shows up in the toilet bowl after 15 minutes or so, the toilet has a leak. Leaking is usually caused by an old or poorly fitting flapper valve, which can easily be replaced.