Eating higher quality food costs more money. That’s the startling truth according to MSNBC, which last month published an article headlined, “Healthy eating adds $380 to yearly grocery bill, study shows.“
Did I really need MSNBC to tell me that? I believe I speak for everyone reading this when I say, “DUH”. This is the kind of thing that passes for “news” with today’s dumbed down mass media.
The article presented the increased cost of healthy food as a problem to be solved, but my reaction1 was the opposite. As I read it, I thought to myself, ”Of course. And that’s how it should be!” People should expect that a larger share of their resources will go toward their food if they want their food to be nourishing and complete. After all, don’t we work jobs and earn money in order to “put bread on the table” and “bring home the bacon”? I think that phrases like these indicate the importance that nutritious food has in our lives and the central place that it should hold in our purpose for working and earning money. Food is more important to one’s survival, happiness, and contentment than almost anything else in the world, including one’s two-story house and that second car. Obviously, one shouldn’t mind paying a premium for it.
It would be great if nutritious food, water, homes, and clothes were all free. Then we could be relieved of the pesky burden of being responsible for our own survival, and we could devote all of our resources toward endeavors like buying the latest i-pods, i-phones, i-pads, and Direct TV NFL Sunday Ticket packages. That would like totally ROCK!
But alas, that’s not our world. We live in a cold reality, and unless we feed ourselves, we die. Further, unless we feed ourselves nutritious food, we get sick.
Therefore, even if one is struggling financially, one MUST find a way to obtain nourishing food, even if it means paying more. There are cost-efficient ways to go about it that, although not qualifying as five-star dining, will provide the protective health sustaining vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that one needs for maximum health and vitality. Ways in which many people can make room in their budget for the increased food bill may be abstaining from purchasing the latest i-phone, canceling the fancy cable subscription (TV is all bullsh** anyway), watching home-movies instead of going to the theater, and quitting the cigarettes and booze.
And while paying more for nourishing food, one should not feel cheated. Again, nothing is more important to life than food, and it is natural that we devote a very large portion of our time, money, and other resources to obtaining it and preparing it properly.
In the words of Polyface Farms farmer Joel Salatin, “If you think organic food is expensive, have you priced cancer lately?” In other words, you can try to save money and time on food by eating non-nourishing processed food and fast-food, but be prepared for the myriad of health problems that may result from a steady diet of such foods, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
I guarantee you, even with good insurance, cancer will cost way more than $380.
1 I also felt disappointment that the article used government-induced malnutrition as an excuse for bigger government, and that it defines a healthy diet as that which follows the government’s guidelines.Tags: food, media, nutrition