This is the name of a Boomtown Rats song, the frontman of which is Bob Geldof, now a Knight. It’s a good motto, and maybe that’s why he has a knighthood.
If you believe the papers and the supermarket advertising, you would KNOW for sure that organic food costs more than non organic. Everyone knows that, it’s a well known FACT. I always buy organic when I can, I don’t care if it costs more, because I would rather eat organic food than cheap food, it’s much nicer, and it doesn’t poison me either.
Today I bought some lovely organic veg in Harvest in Bath. It had no packaging, and I could buy exactly the amount I wanted. I compared prices with the Co-op, which despite being a cooperative, tends to behave like a supermarket.
Co-op large lemon 35p, 1 small organic lemon 23p. Co-op 3 pack courgettes £2.50, 1 organic courgette 51p. Co-op 4 large mushrooms £1 special offer, 3 large organic mushrooms 70p. Co-op sad iceberg lettuce £1.10, 1 really nice organic lettuce £1.50. Co-op 3 pack pepper, green, red, yellow £1.85, 1 organic large pointy red pepper 57p.
Interesting! Only the lettuce was more expensive, and the comparison with a tasteless anaemic iceberg is not very fair. It seems I not only got the veg itself cheaper, it was much better quality, and I was not left with an unwanted green pepper or too many courgettes. (The average food wastage is 25% of what we buy, and this is almost certainly attributable to supermarket style consumerism).
So my observations tell me that organic veg is cheaper than non organic. This is just one example of many where my observations and experiences are different to what I am told is true.
I work on the principle that the most trusted information is that which you experience and observe yourself. That’s the only stuff you KNOW for sure. The second best information is that which trusted sources, such as good friends or family, observe and experience themselves. And the least reliable is the rest of it, the stuff from experts, or films, or papers or tv or books or politicians or what is known as accepted fact. Any information is useful, even lies, but it is only useful as a signpost to lead you to other things, or corroboration of your own, not as knowledge or truth itself.
We are taught the opposite from an early age. We are taught that the experts know best, and that includes the papers, tv etc etc. Then people we know and trust. And finally ourselves are the least trustworthy of all! We are taught to invalidate ourselves. This can lead to internal conflict and even illness. And it can be hard to break that habit.
The principle of not believing what you read applies to my blog too. Ideas and possibilities and alternative views are what I offer. What I write is the truth for me. Do not believe any of it without checking it out for yourself, and matching it up with your own experiences and observations around you and within you.
(See also earlier post: I Am The Truth, Shelf Life, We Are All Right)