There is a rather silly article today that claims green living is “exclusionary by nature”. Not that this tired old trope is new – the idea that organic foods are bad because they’re expensive. I don’t know what causes organic food to be pricey, but I’m pretty sure it’s not snotty people.
Most of the time, people who complain about a particular group (vegans, people with allergies, greens) it’s because they had one bad experience then go and paint everyone with the same brush.
One commenter (an environmental scientist) pointed out what a false dichotomy this is. Don’t we want the wealthy to spend their money on responsible products? Isn’t that what we’ve been demanding all this time? If we’re holding the top earners responsible for the planet, this is what they’re supposed to do.
What’s more galling to me is the suggestion that the poor don’t care about conservation. The end result of buying organic is that bees and aerial insectivore birds (who keep down populations of disease-carrying insects) aren’t being poisoned. If anything, people living a modest life want that no matter how we get there.
If someone knows how to drive down the price of organic food, I’m all ears. Until then, community programs in our region give out SNAP and food stamps for farmer’s markets, and hopefully people with limited income can have the chance to grow their own food.