I understand that some Americans want to buy gluten free. I am glad they can.
I understand that some Americans will spend extra for labels that claim no hormones. I love that those products are available.
But what is really hard for me to understand is the folks that spend their money on these (and other) specialty items at the grocery store AND THEN EXPECT ME TO DO IT TOO.
America is about choice. I should get the opportunity to buy GMO laden products if I believe them to be safe. And I do. Why do you get to choose what’s available to me?
I’m happy about the statistic above. It takes me only 40 days of work to pay for my food for the year. It takes me 129 days to pay my taxes. That’s less than half and I’m excited about that statistic.
I have a limited income. Other single parents, one income families, and folks with disabilities do too. And I hope that they never have a choice made for them by the vocal minority in our country to spend more on organic, non-GMO foods.
If you purchase non-GMO, organic, or other specialty items at the store, you pay more for them. If farmers were forced to plant only these sorts of products, they would grow much less and you would pay SIGNIFICANTLY more for them – and for all food – because there wouldn’t be enough to go around.
This is why its so hard for me to listen to the proponents of organic and non-GMO food complain about the foods that are available to them or our modern food production system. It feels selfish to me – and it must mean that they either don’t understand the implications of their whining or they simply don’t care about the rest of us.
Americans pay considerably less for their food than people around the world. Let’s celebrate that fact and not take choices away from hard-working families.