The Green Thing

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This is doing the rounds on email at the moment, but it made me laugh. Grumpy old sod that I am! 😉

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologised and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”

Green food should be healthy, cheap, delicious, fresh, and accessible. In the past, storing food for winter months, cooking at home, gardening, composting, eating local, and food preservation were done yearly for family survival. Today, we call it “going green” but ultimately it is just managing food and basic needs using affordable methods. Here are ten small steps to get you and your family started on a greener and healthier diet. Check the latest resurge review.

  1. Choose eco-friendly farmer’s markets, community supported agriculture (CSAs), organic farmers, and local cooperative grocery stores that support “going green”. Farmers markets give all the profits to the farmers and typically offer fresher, healthier food. Many small farmers cannot afford organic certification but use organic methods regardless. Get to know local farmers personally and they will let you know how they grow their crops so you can be assured that they are healthy.
  2. Community Supported Agriculture or CSAs are a great way to get organic, fresh produce delivered to you for a great price. CSAs consist of a group of members who pledge support to a farm or garden operation so they become part of that “community”. The farmer and members share the risks and benefits of the food production including the costs of running the operation along with weekly distribution of fresh produce during the growing season. Members receive satisfaction from reconnecting to the land, participating in growing the food, and helping the farmer with money upfront to plant and grow that season’s harvest. By supporting local food production, you are reducing the costs of food transport which keeps the planet greener.
  3. Local supermarket chains offer wonderful organic lines of foods for year-round healthy eating.
  4. Eco-friendly foods in general, are plant foods. Overall, animal products are not “green” because they require intensive resources to produce. By eating lower on the food chain and savoring fresh veggies, fruit, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds you are eating healthy and green. When consuming animal products, choose organic and eat small portions (only 5-6 ounces are needed daily for most adults). Unfortunately, Americans eat that much or more at one meal. These additional calories are stored as fat which may lead to overweight. Make it a goal to eat at least one vegetarian (meatless) meal each week which is easy to do at home or at restaurants.
  5. Choose organic foods for a more sustainable product. Know which foods such as apples have some of the highest pesticide levels of any food. Peeled foods such as bananas and avocadoes are typically safe without buying organic.
  6. Choose wines from vineyards that practice sustainable farming practices and sell fair trade coffee that benefits farm workers. Ask your local wine growers how they prepare their wines or go on one of their wine tours which will explain their entire wine-making process. Fair trade foods usually have that information on the food product label. Visit for more information about.

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.” She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s nappies [diapers] because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 3000 Watts every hour — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana*** . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Polystyrene [Styrofoam] or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right. We didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the tram [streetcar] or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their parents into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.

Remember: Don’t make old people mad. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to make us cross.

*** Yes, I know, TVs today use far less power than the old CRT versions of yesteryear – but this is humour ok? And why let facts get in the way> 😉


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