English thoughts

4th: Pourquoi les produits avec additifs sont devenus la “normalité” et qu’on souligne ce qui est “bio”?

I will continue with English, as it is more accessible to people all over the world to read and I am really proud of the subjects you have given me to write about. So I want to share them. 🙂

This one was inspired by Berny (merci!) and it is called: why have the products with additives became “the normality” and we need to specify the “bio” ones?

I will start by saying that I was one of the lucky children living in the country side, all the time surrounded by animals and gardens. We were always eating “bio” eggs, chicken, vegetables and fruits, milk, wine and marmalade, as they were coming from my grandparents. The Romanian part of the readers will understand when I will say that this was happening during Ceausescu period, so I am not really familiar with the food lines and ratio lists.

Later on, when I was about 8, my parents bought a piece of land. We had our own garden and chickens. Even a white goat and pigs at one point. Also some corn in the field. We were working almost all the free time we had, but for a good cause.

At the age of 30 I was still not happy to see a commercial egg in my plate, as the difference was huge. The same for milk, tomatoes, chickens, fruits, even tea… But I was no longer living at my parents’ place, so I started to also buy some from time to time. It was a shock to see the differences! Especially that you have no choice when you are living in the city! When you think that there are children who’ve never tasted the real thing!.. The strongest shock was in Denmark, where all the vegetables tasted like plastic. And looked like they were made in wax. Plus that they were also expensive. I hope it’s just because I was not going to the right places…

Now I live in France and here….well….things are totally different! Even though the city is not so big, there are a lot of markets where you can buy vegetables, fruits, milk, cheese, meat and other products directly from the producers. Plus many bio shops. And the tendency is to sustain the local producers. We even get our green basket delivered every week from a small local producer. We can only chose if from vegetables, fruits and eggs. It’s all the time extra fresh products and 100% natural (with little animals included, as they don’t use pesticides). Not knowing what we will get only makes it more interesting, as it is “forcing” us to discover new receipts and tastes. On top of that, it really isn’t expensive and it provides us the necessary for 1 week. So, once again, I don’t have to struggle with commercial options.

BUT! We also eat meat. And milk. And all the other things. And for those we do need to go shopping. It’s there where it becomes tricky. 100% natural, 100% bio, 100% healthy…. and yet, they are not…. At least not all of them, even if the label says so, even if the price is way higher, even if they are placed in a special part of the shop…

So… how DO you know which product IS natural? Or BIO? What is the difference between them, anyway? And how can we control that? But most of all, why are there not natural products being sold? Or, even better, why do we buy them?

The past 7 months I’ve learn something important: the price does matter! As long as there will be people willing to eat shitty food because it’s cheaper, there will be shitty food for sale. Growing the natural products in a natural way is expensive. It doesn’t mean that all expensive products are natural, though. But we can learn how to make the difference. We can even pay a visit to the producer to see the real conditions. We can start being responsible for what we eat. Or what we wear. Or what we put on our body. We can start making natural and bio the normal thing again.
The Pillaud Tirard family has started already. We are choosing as often as possible local producers (that we can also visit if needed), we pay the correct price for what we buy, we do our best to not buy more than we need and we encourage the waste reduction by sometimes buying products closer to expiration date if we know we will use them in 1-2 days.

Of course the question is not applying only to food, clothes and body products. We can ask the same about people: since when and why have civilized, kind, polite persons become the exceptions? And why do we find that normal? We even mock them and call them stupid… You are stupid for not throwing your garbage on the street, you are stupid for cleaning your dog’s shit, you’re stupid for letting elderly persons have your sit, you’re stupid for helping a stranger on the street… Or…are you?

And to answer the question… why? because it’s all starting with us, each and every one!


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