Monday, November 17, 2008

A Doubting Thomas

I've been feeling very busy lately, running around doing too many things in too short a time. Yesterday, my family and I went to the grocery store at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, when everyone else was there, too. It was a madhouse, and they were out of many things and I felt both overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time. I usually shop midday, when the stores are pretty empty, and I can take my time to compare products and go back for things I forgot in other aisles and answer the kids' questions. But yesterday, I was rushed and frustrated.

Namely, the apples were bothering me. I know from research that apples are one of the important fruits to get organic, if possible, because of the pesticides used on them. But, Keja and I have made a commitment to try to get as much locally produced food as possible. The apple selection at Whole Foods yesterday consisted of organic apples from New Zealand and Washington State, or locally grown apples that were not organic. What to do? I don't know the answer. I looked at my two kids and picked the organic ones, but I don't know if that was the right choice. Washington is a long way away, and New Zealand is half the world away. Who knows when those apples were picked, and I can only imagine the fossil fuels that went into their travel to my grocery store. So this is my rant. My post full of self-doubt and questions. If someone has an opinion, I'd love to hear it.