Organics? Can’t Trust ‘Em!

The following conversation took place in a local grocery store in Andover, Kansas, USA.

Young Cashier -“Wow, it looks like all of your food order is organic.

Me- “Yes. Its nice your store has made more organic choices available.”

Young Cashier – “Hm. Me?  (As she squints suspiciously at my bundle of broccoli) I just don’t trust these organic things. I stay far away from them and won’t eat them.”

Young Bagger Listening  – “Why not?”

(I’m glad the young man asked the question as my jaw was starting for the floor already)

Young Cashier – “Well, they must be different.”

Young Bagger – “And?”

Young Cashier – “And I don’t want to do anything different. I want to eat like people have always eaten. I don’t want anything new. I like traditional. Besides, organic food is so expensive. Something is just plain wrong with that.”

Me- (I made sure to close my mouth firmly as I took my change.)

In this girl’s mind, perfectly molded by tv, ads, and our government; GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and growth hormones in our food supply is the way humans have always nourished themselves on the planet, and that clean food grown by mother nature just cannot be trusted.

Score one for the other side.

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4 Responses to Organics? Can’t Trust ‘Em!

  1. angelvalleysat says:

    Next time, don’t close your mouth firmly!! Monsanto wins when we don’t try to explain these things to people who need to know.

    • I actually thought about that, truly, and let me tell you why I did not say anything: So many people around here are “farmers”, and the “traditional” ones at that. I bet 10-1 that gal’s family grows roundup ready soybeans in our county and feels Monsanto keeps a roof over her head.

      I’m up for a good comeback line though, short and sweet, to not keep the other’s behind me waiting…got one?

      I may be sending Tom to your Jollyville stand for some honey. We have bees too now but too new to harvest anything from them!


  2. Tim says:

    I’m guessing you’re referring to the Dillons store at Andover Rd and Kellogg. The same store that hosted a Sarah Pain book tour stop. No surprise you’ll find backwards thinking there. It may seem counter-intuitive, but my opinion is that the compassionate thing to do in that situation would be to rescue Checkout Girl from her confusion; set her straight so she doesn’t have to live Opposite Day every day.

  3. Hi Tim

    Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment. I’m on the lookout for a really great COMPACT comment that won’t further confuse the confused. I am totally up for suggestions.

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