ha... i'm pretty sure my parents still think i'm a pod person. i have much older parents and it's hard to get them to think outside the box sometimes with issues they have grown to accept as truth. Well, i guess that goes for a lot of other people besides my parents, young and old.
i'm sure many people associate environmentalism and morality with vegetarianism but i'm not sure i agree. we are
higher up on the food chain and animal meat has always been a staple part of the human diet as well as many other living creatures. I do find it hard to achieve a happy medium though. I adamantly disagree with profit driven farmers who pump up their animals with hormones and feed them pesticide-infected crap, which ultimately we are absorbing but find it hard to resist the delicious pulled pork at the local bar 'n grill. At home i'm primarily vegetarian mainly b/c the organic meats at the grocery are too pricey. whoever said buying organic really doesn't cost that much more, sure weren't talking about the meat selection. Could anyone explain why this is?
For those who vouch for substituting all their protein intake for soy products, you may want to consider creating a more varied diet. http://www.mercola.com/2004/jan/21/soy.htm
To me it sounds like they did a pretty good job, you seem to be able to look at issues and make up your own mind using research. I may not completely agree with everything you believe, but hopefully we can find out where we agree and differ as we go along.
As for the "organic" price differences, IMO, it is because they can charge more nothing more than any other open market issue. The selling price will always be what the market will bear even if it creates more profits for the seller, and the end seller usually makes the most where food is concerned. There are a lot of added expenses to become certified but the increased costs reflect a greater increase even in non-meat areas. My son is starting a tree farm where he will also grow seasonal herbs, and the like. He has done extensive research into the organic labeling program. To me it is more marketing than effect, but that is my opinion on the matter.