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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is steaming with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want ALL to thrive in

Saturday, September 19, 2015

TJ's and choice....of poison...

I was picking up a few things at Trader Joe's today in New Jersey and got into a conversation with a worker when I asked for the individual organic avocados.

For a brief moment this past month or so, TJ's had individual organic avocados for sale at the same price as the non-organic ones, 99 cents each. Normally they sell 4 in a little plastic mesh bag for $5 or $6 depending on what part of the country you're in.

This employee told me that TJ's only gets these 99 cent individual avocados once a year, much to my disappointment.

We then got into a discussion about organic food. I suggested my plan, which I attempt to tell to as many folks as possible - and please help spread it.

Trader Joe's needs to tell all its vendors that in 5 years they are going to go 100% organic - that way, all their vendors will have the five years it takes to grow in harmony with life in order to be certified organic.

He informed me that TJ's would never do that - and why? Not the usual 'blank check' excuses because it's too difficult for the farmer or because they just don't want to, no.

He said the TJ's wants to give the customer a CHOICE! Rage surged thru me as I said, "what, a choice to poison themselves? Forget themselves, a choice to poison the Mother Earth? Poison the farm worker???"

I asked him if he knew about the health of farm workers. He shook his head "no", so I informed him how farm workers - and their entire families including unborn children - are being poisoned by pesticides, herbicides, all the 'cides'.

I asked him if he knew about the condition of the Mother Earth, that we use 6 BILLION tons of pesticides to grow mono- and huge agri-crops every year. The bees only have 30 years left of life on earth if we don't IMMEDIATELY stop using pesticides.

He shook his head "no, no, no, no".

It is beyond me how anyone can be young, alive, in this country, and working with food even, and not know about what we are doing to our food supply.

I let him see how disgusted I am so I doubt he'll ever use that idiotic excuse again in life.