What a bunch of bushwa

On my appointed rounds yesterday was a dash into Shoprite for a few things. Spinach and kale, but not boxed or bagged baby spinach and kale, the real deal stuff, that has a taste.

I went to the part of the produce department that displays the beets, spinach, carrots with greens, kale etc, and looked up to see the sign said Organic.

Not my Shoprite, but you get the gist

Organic used to be on the other side of the produce area so I looked over there and it too said Organic. Was I in Organic Hell?

I tracked down a manager and asked if I was being forced to buy Organic when I didn’t believe in any of that mentality. Apparently so. So why should I pay for organic at organic prices when so many times you read that even the distributors claim it to be organic when come to find out it’s really grown in the Fresh Kills Landfill.

The manager said that even though it was organic, Shoprite was charging regular non-organic prices for it. Really? I was incredulous that he said that, totally not believing a word he said. Even the other manager who was by his side looked at him, not sure she believed him.

In my humble opinion, there’s NO WAY Shoprite would offer organic produce at non-organic prices. I bought some spinach and some kale and asked him if I took these bunches to Stop & Shop and priced them against their non-organic produce, if I would find his story palatable. He said yes.

So I guess it’s up to me to prove him wrong. Or right.

Bottom line, the daughter of a chemical engineer who grew up being told that chemicals are great for you, it’s hard for me to even think organic. I see no merit, no health benefits. It’s simply Virtue Signaling.

Stop & Shop has MORE organic aisles than non now. All right up front, all together for ease of all organic shopping. Not for me. But I’m obviously in the minority.

And Martha, here you can talk about real butter. Even though I took down that post (rambling mess), I do buy real butter and I know you wanted to talk about it. Go forth.


14 thoughts on “What a bunch of bushwa

  1. I think organic is an age thing. We oldsters don’t believe in it but the young ones do. My daughter in law insists when I am there helping with the grandkids that I only buy organic – from milk to eggs to produce. I nod and say sure but I grit my teeth.

    Bushwa. Now there’s a word no one under 70 has heard of.

    1. I see an awful lot of oldsters like me buying organic too. I’m surprised.

      My dad used to use the word bushwa, often referring to my lame stories of why I came home late after a high school date, missing curfew.

  2. I do believe organic is healthier in many, but not all, instances. However, I also suspect that much non-organic produce is labeled organic and the price jacked up. I think your conversation with the supermarket guy backs up that suspicion.

    1. I realize I’m in the minority. Stores like Whole Foods wouldn’t do so well if people didn’t want or prefer organic foods. Both Shoprite and Stop& Shop see the trend and go for it. Just the way I was brought up I guess.

  3. My pennsylvania dutch dad spelled it bushwah. Looked it up. Evidently both correct . Interesting. Bibi

    1. Gosh, I never thought to look up its spelling. I can see with an H it makes more sense. I think I prefer it with an H too. Thanks.

      I presume the word meant the same to your PA dutch dad as it did mine?

  4. Re organic… There is some evidence that bgh (bovine growth hormone) could accelerate puberty in girls, so my daughter, a pediatrian, buys organic milk for her kids. With food costs at a record low as a percentage of total spending, it would be foolish, imo, to run even a small risk with your kids or grandkids.

    1. I suppose but I’m skeptical. People who live where they can’t get or afford organic seem to be growing and doing well. My grandkids do not drink organic milk. Nor do my kids. Not do I.

      It’s a personal choice.

    2. I don’t want to dunk an Oreo cookie in organic milk which has been ultra heated. That milk with its long shelf life doesn’t taste right to me. I like a glass of ordinary whole milk, especially if it came from Jersey cows. But, Jersey cow milk isn’t ordinary, alas.
      I’m not influenced to buy any organic product.

  5. Given what I’ve routinely ingested throughout the past 71 years, I’m not sure my body would recognize or accept anything “organic.”

  6. Check the price codes: organic is supposed to be five digits beginning with “9”. Everything else is four digits.

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