There I was again, in the organic section of the market, watching as people bypassed the organic bananas, which were $.89/lb, in favor of the non-organic for $.69/lb. They are located right next to each other. I stood there for a little while and watched as this went on. Granted, organic costs more. And sometimes, a lot more. If you are counting your pennies, non-organic can be quite attractive. But why, if the price is nearly the same, would anyone choose pesticide-laden produce over non-pesticide-laden produce?
Let’s do the math: 5 pounds of organic bananas = $4.45. 5 pounds of non-organic bananas = $3.45. That’s a ONE DOLLAR difference. Less than the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee. Quite frankly, I’m at a loss at why people would willingly poison themselves to save a dollar. One dollar. Are we really that brainwashed? Unfortunately, for most of the American population, the answer is yes.
We believe what the TV commercials tell us without question, because they are not supposed to deceive. We believe what the government agencies tell us without question because we have been brought up to believe that authority figures do not lie, and always know best. Yet the history of the FDA, EPA, USDA, and various other alphabet soup agencies tells us that we were and are being systematically poisoned by substances rubber-stamped as “safe.” Substances that any intelligent person who does a bit of research knows is harmful.
When I was a child, I remember watching a commercial on a black and white television. The actress was selling a product. I asked my mother: “Mommy, does that lady use the stuff she is selling herself?” My mother said: “Probably not, Honey.” I said: “If she doesn’t use it, why is she telling people it is so good?” To which my mother replied: “She is getting paid to, dear.” I said: “So it is okay to lie as long as you get money for it?” She didn’t answer.
It is funny how we, as children, know innately the difference between the truth and a lie, and then, as we grow older, the line becomes blurred until we no longer know or want to know. That’s just the way things are, and we go along in a state of cognitive dissonance, never questioning the status quo. Until one day, some of us can take it no longer and stand up and say: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
We are being lied to as a matter of course by those whom we have been conditioned to believe are not capable of lying. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, folks. The FDA and majority of corporations you see on TV are lying for a buck. They want you to sell your health for 20 cents so that they can pocket the change. They don’t care about you. They never have. The only one who can decide what you put in your mouth is you. That is, until you no longer have a choice because you have spent your life in apathy, believing the lies, not caring enough to make your own decisions about your health and well-being, and allowing those whose goal is to profit off of your disease to win.
©2016 Barbara H. Peterson