Only a label
When I moved to Montreal ten years ago, I used to live in St-Michel area, very close to the Sami Fruits market. I loved doing my groceries there. It was within walking distance, they had everything you could desire in terms of fruits and vegetables, and they were cheap. Compared to the groceries stores like Super C, Metro or IGA, they were the cheapest.
That was ten years ago. Things have changed in between. Nowadays, some prices at Sami Fruits are even higher than IGA, if you can believe that. Now I do all my groceries at TAU. I buy organic products for less money than non organic stuff. How does that make sense? I don’t know. I am simply glad that I discovered this shop where I can get everything I need for my diet.
One of my friends who worked on a hybrid system Toronto, mentioned to me that not all the products sold on the market, labeled as organic are really organic. He said that is the latest marketing trick, the organic label. He added that the merchants are simply following a trend that gets their products sold to the consumers.
I don’t know if it is true, or not. I don’t know to what extent the products are organic. Honestly, I don’t want to know because I don’t really care.
I tell my brain is organic and it accepts it as it is, no questions asked. I learnt that from one of my muslim friends, who only eats halal meat. When I asked him what was the difference between the halal meal and regular meat, he replied it was the way the animal was slaughtered. I tried to make him understand that he could not know for sure if a prayer was said or not. This issue was beyond his reach. He had to rely on what he was told (or sold) by the butcher. Thus, he had only his faith and conviction that the meat was halal. Nothing else. It could have been a regular piece of meat that the butcher purchased somewhere else and sold it to him labeled as halal.
My friend had to agree with my logic, but not before saying that it was the butcher’s sin to sell something fake. He added that he was not responsible or considered to have committed a sin if the meat wasn’t halal. That being said, if I buy it organic, it has to be organic. Hahahahah!