Eco-overkill: Telling a friend you’re happy with your groceries

by EPI Staff on July 1, 2011

Q: My super-eco friend always nags me to buy organic, and I’m getting annoyed. Should I ask her to can her campaign?

A: Sure! Tell her you’re glad thatshe’s so enthusiastically eco-conscientious and healthy, but her campaign to convert you is getting tiresome. Don’t get angry with her; instead, put the onus on yourself: Tell her that you’re stubborn and that you’d be happy to rethink things, but at your own pace.

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Jody July 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

The original advice is good, but some people just won’t listen to polite remarks such as those suggested. A former roommate was like the questioner’s friend, always bugging me to purchase healthy/organic things. When polite remarks didn’t work, I had to flat out tell her to just not eat what I purchased if it bothered her that much.


Jerry July 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Have her read Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” which has a section explaining that “organic” doesn’t mean what most people think it means. (And, if you have already tried subtlety w/r/t letting her know that her advice I would put the onus on her, not yourself. But I am also of the school that etiquette does not require anyone to go along to get along.)


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