Saturday, April 2, 2011

Reader Poll: Is The Organic / Green Movement Going Too Far?

I was reading an article titled Exhaustion and Green Backlash: Capitalizing on Crunchy and a certain paragraph stopped me in my track:

"I'm all for learning about what we can do to leave less of an impact on the earth. To make sure our children grow up healthy and strong. To gain knowledge, and therefore power, over companies like Monsanto and McDonalds that want to sell us the, "It's all ok, just shut up and smile" package. To understand the choices I make for my family. It's important to me.

But part of me thinks that perhaps we've taken "natural parenting" to a level that is becoming unachievable to most regular people. People who make a middle class living and have a limited amount of time to study and buy food and products. Who hear the warnings and start to panic about the decisions they are making."
And later she says:
"But maybe, just maybe, these do-good-for-the-earth companies are capitalizing and cashing in on our fear of "What if I feed my child the wrong kind of food? What if I don't know about what's in the next product I buy and it gets recalled? What if my parenting choice is wrong? What if this makes us sick?"
We can't protect our kids from everything, yet many businesses don't even consider this an option. If you're not making sure that every.single.thing in your home -- from paint to potatoes -- is toxin free, then you're not really doing your job as a parent."

Where do you stand on this issue?  Do you worry when you hear the "dire warnings" or are your more laid back, doing what you can afford?  Comment below!


  1. I do what I can.

    I can't always afford the best of the best, but figure every little bit helps.

  2. I don't think eliminating all of the toxins is a good idea, anyway. Overly sanitized environments are no better than excessively polluted ones. So, I eliminate what I consider to the be the worst offenders, but I make sure to include things in my diet to boost my immune system to deal with the rest.


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