You’ll never guess what…. Three months later, we sold the house in Dublin and moved to a beautiful commune just outside Duleek in County Meath....
Just kidding...I did, however, begin to research what organic meant and why people decide to purchase organic products. So, as it turned out, it’s not just free loving, sandal wearing, peace sign making, bongo drum playing hippies who eat and grow organic food and wear organic clothes.
I remember being in Tesco a few years back with a friend of mine. She insisted on purchasing organic milk. “Why don’t you just buy the ordinary Tesco brand milk?”, I asked her. “How does organic milk taste any different to ordinary milk? Plus it’s cheaper”, I added.
“Organic milk means they don’t spray the cows with weed killer”, was her response, and off she went to the till. Yes she was blonde, but so is my wife so I’ll move swiftly along…..
Organic products are produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial or genetically modified organisms (GMO). For a product to be labelled organic, a producer must follow a stringent set of government standards. Farmers producing organic eggs, meat and dairy must provide non GMO livestock with outdoor access all year round. Farmers and businesses that hold an organic license are then inspected yearly to ensure that they are following these standards.
Although all this information did not prove to be riveting reading, I was slowly beginning to understand people’s reasons for buying organic food but why would someone choose to wear organic clothes? Never mind that, How am I supposed to write a blog about organic clothes? I pondered.
“Babe, I’m not writing that blog”, I informed my wife, rather childishly. “I haven’t got a clue what to write about. It’s a tedious, unexciting topic and nobody’s going to even read it.”
“What?”, she replied.
Now, I’m pretty sure she heard me. When my wife says, “what?” like that, it’s not because she didn’t hear me. She is just giving me a chance to change what I just said.
“I’m not writing that stupid blog”, I repeated, bravely.
“Fine, do whatever you want!” she snapped.
Nearly five years of marriage has taught me that if a woman says, “Fine do whatever you want”, do not, under any circumstances do whatever you want.
“Okay, I’ll keep researching”, I meekly replied.
In order to properly research a topic, one needs to sift through the irrelevant material, including viral videos appearing on your news feed of cats playing the piano, carpool karaoke videos, and kids interrupting a live BBC interview! Note to self….Always lock the door!
That video cracked me up though. Between the girl carelessly strutting into the room and swaggering up to her father, the baby whizzing in on the baby-walker and the panicking, poor mother trying to carry out the rescue operation, it was priceless.
So, back to my research...One surprising fact I discovered was that cotton is one of the most chemically intensive crops in the world. If I saw an item of clothing labelled 100% cotton, I presumed that meant it was good and safe enough for my daughter. This is because cotton is a natural fabric. Little did I know that cotton is one of the most sprayed crops in the world and accounts for 10% of pesticides used worldwide and 24% of insecticides. For the average T-shirt, growers use an average of 17 teaspoons of chemical fertilisers. That information was a bit of an eye opener to say the least.
Right, enough research, I needed a break. “Babe, I’m heading to the local to meet the lads for a pint and to watch the match!”, I called up to my wife, who was upstairs with Clara.
“Fine!” came the reply.
I knew what that meant! And with that, I scurried out the front door before I could change my mind.
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