Organic Food Questioned

Organic food

Why was the consumption of organic food questioned again today?

A recent Stanford University study compared organic foods to non-organic foods. The study’s conclusions were responsible for generating a new round of anti-organic headlines:

  • Organic food ‘not any healthier’
  • Organic Foods Not Healthier or More Nutritious
  • Is ‘organic’ a waste of money?

implying to most folks, that it’s a waste of money to buy organic products.

Q: Organic food purchases make up less than five percent of retail grocery sales, so what’s the big deal?
A: It’s not a big deal, but the media understands that a controversial headline drives page views and TV viewership. Unsurprisingly, the headlines also served the agenda of mega-corporate farms and that’s probably good for the media’s ad revenue.

Why would anyone spend more for organic food? Here are five excellent reasons:

  1. synthetic pesticides aren’t good for you, for your children or for our planet
  2. antibiotics, frequently administered to non-organic livestock, encourage the growth of antibiotic-resistent bacteria
  3. confining animals, on factory farms, has been responsible for some nasty disease outbreaks and remains a potential, pandemic threat
  4. the Earth’s groundwater has been contaminated by pesticides, antibiotics and other food additives
  5. conventional agriculture uses more energy than organic farming.

Don’t feel guilty if you can’t afford organic, the Stanford study reaffirms the nutritional value of conventional agriculture. That said, choose organic whenever you can, it’s always best to avoid pesticides and it’s better for our planet.