China’s Elite Only Eats Organic

Here’s an article I just came across. I wasn’t aware this was floating around out there in cyberspace. But I found it, read it and felt I should post it. When you read through this, keep in mind that this article was published in 2008.

Here we are in 2012.

That means for the last four years (well, more than 4 obviously) the rich folks in China have KNOWN that they need to eat organic in order to protect their families and theirselves. Consider that China used lead based paints on toys for little kids to put in their mouths and exported them around the world, until there was a huge uproar. Hello?

Another good wake up call for people who read this kind of information. Change your eating habits and change your health.

How long have you been eating organic?

Joel Salatin says “You think Organic is Expensive? Have You Priced Out Cancer Lately?”   Good point.

Here’s the link, please go over and read through it.

The cover picture for this post? It’s a totally homegrown and homemade BLT, except for the mayo. That came out of a jar.


I baked the bread. We raised the pig that gave us the bacon. We grew the tomato. We grew the lettuce. The butter came from a lady we know. And it was damn tasty!

Know what you are eating and feeding your family.


  1. avatar Danfixer says:

    All well and good, but why is it that MOST, not ALL, folks I have ever known who are vegetarian always look sickly? Not meant as a criticism as I essentially like the idea. I guess they must not be eating something they need. The Chinese generally appear healthy though. I dunno.
    There is a lot of truth in that old adage “You are what you eat”.

    • avatar Annie says:

      Hi Dan, I have seen that too in some vegetarians. But, there are some who may not get enough protein in their diets or something else missing. Much like people who do eat meat – not all of us get all the vitamins and minerals that we need.

      I sure agree with you that “you are what you eat”. At some point, the health problems begin for the years of eating processed foods, imo.

  2. Who would have thought that a natural food supermarket could have been a financial refuge from the dot-com bust? But it had. Sales of organic food had shot up about 20 percent per year since 1990, reaching $11 billion by 2003 . . . Whole Foods managed to sidestep that fray by focusing on, well, people like me.Organic food has become a juggernaut in an otherwise sluggish food industry, growing at 20 percent a year as products like organic ketchup and corn chips vie for shelf space with conventional comestibles. But what is organic food? Is it really better for you? Where did it come from, and why are so many of us buying it?Business writer Samuel Fromartz set out to get the story behind this surprising success after he noticed that his own food choices were changing with the times. In Organic, Inc., Fromartz traces organic food back to its anti-industrial origins more than a century ago. Then he follows it forward again, casting a spotlight on the innovators who created an alternative way of producing food that took root and grew beyond their wildest expectations. In the process he captures how the industry came to risk betraying the very ideals that drove its success in a classically complex case of free-market triumph.

    • avatar Annie says:

      I am somewhat leery of “organic” food. People can get around the labelling process. We grow most of our own food and we call it “naturally grown”. we use nothing but very well composted manure. We eat very well. And of course, now with the huge meat recall happening in Canada, just reinforces to us how important it is to grow as much of your own as possible. I’m so glad we have a freezer full of pastured beef. No concerns there when I pull out some burger for dinner!

  3. avatar Danfixer says:

    I have a cousin that I seldom see that is a self proclaimed veggie type. She reminds me of an emaciated version of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Last time I saw her I was shocked at her appearance and lack of skin color. Her life-so be it.
    On the other side of the scale my friend I recently took out for his birthday has eaten meat at every meal all his life. Lots of it. he is having some major health issues and has had for many years. His medic is constantly trying to get him off the meat, to no avail.
    It works both ways, I think.

    • avatar Annie says:

      I wonder if she gets enough protein?

      The friend you are referring to – is that the 83 year old that you were mentioning over in the forum? I would love to get to 80 before having serious health issues, I don’t think I will though.
      People need to eat more veggies!

  4. I have seen that too in vegetarians. I know for my husband and me, processed foods, high carb foods, sugars and grains (like in bread, rice an pasta) are bad for us. If we do not eat them we feel so much better. Sorry to say, but bread is the worst thing I put in my mouth, organic wheat or not.

    China is also preparing their country with alternative energy. They are going to be ahead of us before you can wink your eye!

    • avatar Annie says:

      Hi Kat, you and your hubby eat very healthy! That is so great, I have learned much from you and your website. Others reading should go over to your site to check it out! I hadn’t heard about the alternative energy being produced in China. We really need to get better with that in North America, for sure.

  5. avatar Patrick says:

    Dear Annie,

    Most companies in China do not knowingly use lead based paints on toys. However the way the problem is often reported makes it sound like an ethnic issue.

    We know that there are a lot of shortcuts taken by dishonest food companies here and we have to be careful. I had plastic kidney stones and was hospitalized for them; I’m fine now. I would appreciate it if Western companies did not pressure Chinese companies to provide the cheapest prices at the expense of quality.


    Patrick Hung

    • avatar Annie says:

      Hi Patrick, there was a huge issue several years ago about the lead paint in childrens toys. I’m sorry to hear about your stones, but glad that part is over for you 🙂

  6. avatar Danfixer says:

    Yes Annie, the birthday fellow. I doubt he has eaten any raw vegetables in forty years or more. Not a good situation. Surprised he has lived this long considering the lack of balance. But then it always surprises me as to what the human body will tolerate and deal with to survive.
    It COULD be that the foods he ate as a younger man were more normal compared to the glop generally available now. Perhaps this gave him a sort of insulation against the workings of the foods most now consume.
    I often wonder if the lead paint thing was overblown by zealous news agencies looking for shock and ratings. I am pretty sure that everything was painted with lead paint when I was little. Perhaps the parents back then had the common sense to not let little kids eat their toys?? You do have to be smarter than the dog to teach it anything..

    • avatar Annie says:

      Oh, wow, obviously he doesn’t like vegetables, that’s too bad. Hard to say if he ate better as a younger man, if he still doesn’t like veggies 🙂

      About the lead paint in toys, read Patrick’s comment here on this post. He brings another perspective to that issue.