Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Quality Connundrum

I have been on the organic/biodynamic bandwagon for some time now...I guess largely because I don't like the idea of my family ingesting pesticides...growth hormones...etc in their food. I have also purposefully not used genetically modified versions of various vegetables...unsure of what the ramifications are of their use are. There are people right now that espouse GMO products as the greatest gift to mankind...and others that make them out to be a plague that may wipe out our food supply and poison us all.

The LDS people have been given a law of health by the Lord. In the revelation the Lord states that it was given "In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—"

So the reason we have that law of health is because of "evils and designs of conspiring men in the last days". While I do not know for certain if there is a link between GMO crops...non-organic products and this should give us warning to be on the lookout for manifestations of the works of those conspiring men.

"...To a great extent we are physically what we eat. Most of us are acquainted with some of the prohibitions, such as no tea, coffee, tobacco, or alcohol. What need additional emphasis are the positive aspects--the need for vegetables, fruits, and grains, particularly wheat. In most cases, the closer these can be, when eaten, to their natural state-- without overrefinement and processing--the healthier we will be. To a significant degree, we are an overfed and undernourished nation digging an early grave with our teeth, and lacking the energy that could be ours because we overindulge in junk foods. I am grateful to know that on this campus you can get apples from vending machines, that you have in your student center a fine salad bar, and that you produce an excellent loaf of natural whole-grain bread. Keep it up and keep progressing in that direction. We need a generation of young people who, as Daniel, eat in a more healthy manner than to fare on the "king's meat"--and whose countenances show it (see Daniel 1).

So it sufficeth to say that we should be trying to eat as healthy as reap well as other blessings.

Now having said that...when times of famine come...people get a whole lot less picky. There are reports of people in famines digging up worms to eat...eating bark off of trees...and feeling much as the prodigal son who "would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat" Do you think that if you get to that situation...that you will care all that much if it is organic or not?

Right now...prices are such that you can put away easily 3 times as much food non-organic than organic on the same budget! Some survivalist types go even beyond non-organic and are advocating storing "feed grains" that allow more pesticides...debris...and even bugs....just so they can store more food. While I do advocate finding a good deal...I think that you are headed for problems trying to store feed grains.

So there is no easy answer to this for me. Because we are on a limited budget...and we want to put away the most that we can we are going to start storing more long termer term food (grains...legumes) primarily non-organic...and shorter term food...a lot of it will remain organic. Perhaps when I have an abudance of non-organic long term storage...I will switch back to organic.
To those to whom money is no option you may be able to put up whatever food you want because you have the budget for it...but to everyone else...I wish you the best as you decide between quality and quantity.

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