Living an organic life on a kool-aid budget

I had planned to skip posting today since its been a flurry of activity with both the spousal unit and I on deadlines. Plus I am still trying to get caught up on client work since I basically lost two weeks of work this month between me and mini-me being sick, plus I start the new gig as director of a community center in a couple of weeks, so I gotta hustle.

However as I was doing my usual tour of blogs, I was visiting one of the homey blogs and the blogger had posted a picture of some lush looking house-slippers that she had gotten her kids, handmade, fair-trade action. Good stuff, you would think until I clicked the link of the place she bought them at…how come these nice lil slippers were $36? House-shoes for $36? For a kid? Come on now…

No, I am not sipping my hater-aid but while I care about getting good quality shit for my family the idea of buying some house-shoes for $36 for a kid who will outgrow them in no time is just not something I personally would do. Shit, I am still wearing the $5 specials I bought last year at a local store, some shit just does not warrant spending a crazy sum of money. Yep, go ahead and call me cheap.

On a deeper level though, I was once again reminded of how living a more eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle is something that is conveniently priced out of reach of the working and poor masses. Seriously, when is the last time you saw someone at the health food store with food stamps? Um, that’s not something I see. Shit, when I go to the local health food place, I can spend $50 and not even have a whole bag full of food. I exist smack in the middle class but even I have to pick and choose what I can afford to do as far as living a conscious lifestyle.

Let’s not even talk about the fact that in some areas, you can’t access 100% organic nothing even if you wanted to, how many times have I talked about life on the southside of Chicago and the best I could get for produce was some damn iceberg lettuce and sorry looking apples and bananas?

Now I know there are folks who do manage to eat healthy on a kool-aid budget, however to generally do this requires living some place where you can grow some food yourself. Last time I checked many po folks live in concrete jungles devoid of any land which to grow anything except something in a pot provided they have some decent windowsills. Shit, one might think it was a conspiracy to keep the most vulnerable members of society away from the good shit as far as good eats goes.

I know I am probably just ranting and shit, but nope no $36 house-shoes here for anyone who can’t earn some cash towards paying for em.