Is Organic Really Better?

Is Organic Really Better?

By Robyn O’Brien

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently weighed in for the first time on organic food, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, suggesting that feeding kids organic fruits and veggies and organic meat just might reduce the risks of certain conditions and diseases and have some health benefits.

The President’s Cancer Panel also sounded alarm bells about chemicals and cancer, encouraging us to eat organic when we can, to reduce our exposure to pesticides and other additives being applied to our foods.

This is something I certainly didn’t do when my kids were younger, reflecting on all of the tubes of blue yogurt and packages of processed foods I’d served up.

When I first heard the term “organic” several years ago, I dismissed it. It connoted a “status” and conjured up two different images: lifestyles of the rich and famous or perhaps some alternative, hippie thing.

I was wrong.

5-TRThe term “organic” actually refers to the way agricultural products are grown and produced. It legally details the permitted use (or not) of certain ingredients in these foods.  When I first learned about it, I thought it was a marketing tool.

The legal details are that the U.S. Congress adopted the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) in 1990 as part of the 1990 Farm Bill which was then followed with the National Organic Program final rule published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The standards include a national list of approved synthetic and prohibited non-synthetic substances for organic production which means that organically produced foods also must be produced without the use of:

  • • antibiotics
  • • artificial growth hormones
  • • high fructose corn syrup
  • • artificial dyes (made from coal tar and petrochemicals)
  • • artificial sweeteners derived from chemicals
  • • synthetically created chemical pesticide and fertilizers
  • • genetically engineered proteins and ingredients
  • • sewage sludge
  • • irradiation

Wow, who knew that conventional, non-organic food could contain these ingredients?  Not many of us, since sewage sludge and artificial growth hormones aren’t on the label.

What about cloning animals or those genetically engineered salmon, hard-wired to double their weight? Those would be considered inconsistent with organic practices, too, because of the laboratory intervention required.

In other words, what we call “organic food,”  our grandmothers would have simply called “food.”  Because a lot of these new ingredients didn’t exist when we were younger, having only been created in laboratories, patented and then introduced into our foods in the last few decades.

LOOK FOR THE SEAL

Products labeled “100% Organic” and carrying the “USDA Organic” seal adhere to a strict legal standard: national organic standards require that organic growers and handlers be certified by third-party state or private agencies or other organizations that are accredited by USDA. Anyone who knowingly sells or mislabels as organic a product that was not produced and handled in accordance with the regulations can be subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per violation.

WHY ORGANICS COST MORE

Admittedly, the high price of organic food can irritate anyone.  But the scrutiny that these foods undergo is enormous and expensive, driving prices at the cash register and for those producing them on the farm.  Why the costs?  Because the cost structure on our food supply offers taxpayer-funded resources called subsidies to the farmers using genetically engineered seeds and saturating crops in insecticides and weed killers, while charging the organic farmers fees to prove that their crops are safe.

That’s like getting fined to wear your seat belt.

In other words, it’s an un-level playing field right now.  And if we were all sitting down as a national family at our national dinner table, I don’t think that any of us would want to be using our resources this way.  Wouldn’t we rather have the organic food be the one that we fund, making it cheaper, more affordable and more accessible to all Americans?

But right now, it’s not.  So should you choose to opt out of our conventional, chemically-intensive food production system and try something organic, you’ll be joining a growing segment of the population and are not alone.

WHERE TO START?

The U.S. organic industry grew 21 percent overall in 2006 with organic foods and beverages continuing to be one of the fastest growing segments in the overall $598 billion food market.

Thankfully, organic foods are increasingly sold in mass market grocery stores like Wal-Mart, Costco, Kroger and Safeway which represent the largest single distribution channel, accounting for 38 percent of organic food sales in 2006. Large natural food chains, along with small natural food chains or independent natural groceries and health food stores, represented about 44 percent of organic food sales. About 2 percent of organic food is sold through farmer’s markets.

Maybe you rolled your eyes at this whole thing a few years ago, dismissing it as an expensive food fad.  I did.  But give yourself permission to change.  Because as the science continues to mount, from the Presidents Cancer Panel to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nothing could be further from the truth. And while none of us can do everything, we can all do one thing. So the next time you are in your grocery store, consider purchasing something “organic”.

You can invest in your health with your shopping cart. And the best medicine you can take, might just be at the end of your fork.

Follow Robyn on Twitter @foodawakenings and on Facebook.  She is a former financial analyst and author.

 Originally published in Prevention.

Ocean Robbins is co-author of Voices of The Food Revolution, and serves as adjunct professor for Chapman University and CEO and co-host (with best-selling author John Robbins) of the 150,000+ member Food Revolution Network. He is also co-founder of Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) and author of Choices For Our Future and of The Power of Partnership.

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167 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, important to look for the seal:’certified organic’. Here in New Zealand, organic costs more because the REAL cost of farming would include catering for safe disposal of tonnes of fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide, and animal waste residues currently building up in the environment. If these costs were built in, regular produce would cost heaps more. Essentially the environment is paying. And that will come back to bite us in the butt, so to speak. One example is high cadmium levels in soil due to overuse of super phosphate. It pollutes soil and water, and is so high that animals must be slaughtered at a young age before levels poison humans. And that’s only one nasty! There are only two choices, and organic is the only one that can save our planet. A dead planet is the end cost. Where do you want to put your money?

  2. Yes, important to look for the seal:'certified organic'. Here in New Zealand, organic costs more because the REAL cost of farming would include catering for safe disposal of tonnes of fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide, and animal waste residues currently building up in the environment. If these costs were built in, regular produce would cost heaps more. Essentially the environment is paying. And that will come back to bite us in the butt, so to speak. One example is high cadmium levels in soil due to overuse of super phosphate. It pollutes soil and water, and is so high that animals must be slaughtered at a young age before levels poison humans. And that's only one nasty! There are only two choices, and organic is the only one that can save our planet. A dead planet is the end cost. Where do you want to put your money?

  3. I believe all ORGANIC labels are not equal – we know what US standards are, although some Johnny come lately Organic large company owners by acquisition have worked to weaken the standards via ownership of organic subsidiaries. Further doesn’t the quality of foreign labeled organic depend on the standards of country of origin? It would be hard to believe USDA has budget to test foreign labeled organic produce. Please comment on this. Thanks.

  4. I know organic almonds sold in store must be irradiated (government mandated), and I read about organically grown apples are allowed antibiotics. I don’t believe in organic labeling for food come from China. The USDA has hardly enough budget within the country, and they keep lowering the organic standard; I just can’t imagine what kind of organic standard the USDA can impose.

  5. I have been cognizant for decades (thanks to research work and efforts John Robbins and others) of the unfair farming practices from the government by supporting a farming industry that engages in unethical practices by incorporating harmful substances like hormones and pesticides in the food chain. I believe that it is time these archaic and destructive methods shift to support a healthier more organic industry that instead supports life on this planet rather than alter or destroy it! I’ve raised my family on organic food and feel every family should have the same opportunity regardless of social status. When I was going through personal financial crisis and needed assistance from nutrition programs I always invested in organic… my money didn’t go as far as it could have… but one positive outcome is that I have saved tons on doctor bills by taking this preventative health measures route. It’s time for change in the farming industry. Its time for a more ethical approach in farming that supports and sustains life rather than depletes it.

  6. My family has been eating "fresh" and "home-made from scratch" for years – and this undoubtedly IS better than canned and packaged, but going organic will be our next step. Thanks for the informative article.

  7. I believe all ORGANIC labels are not equal – we know what US standards are, although some Johnny come lately Organic large company owners by acquisition have worked to weaken the standards via ownership of organic subsidiaries. Further doesn't the quality of foreign labeled organic depend on the standards of country of origin? It would be hard to believe USDA has budget to test foreign labeled organic produce. Please comment on this. Thanks.

  8. I just sent the EWG's Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce chart to my five adult children. Also when shopping, look at the little sticker on the fruit or veggie. If the number starts with a 4, it has pesticides, etc. If it starts with a 7, it's organic.

  9. I know organic almonds sold in store must be irradiated (government mandated), and I read about organically grown apples are allowed antibiotics. I don't believe in organic labeling for food come from China. The USDA has hardly enough budget within the country, and they keep lowering the organic standard; I just can't imagine what kind of organic standard the USDA can impose.

  10. I recently heard that yellow summer squash and zucchini are now mostly GMO'd too.
    I grow much if my own food, and bought plants for the garden-and seem to be noticing that the squash bugs that I usually have to deal with are almost non-existent this year. Anyone know if it is the weather ….or have I inadvertently purchased baby GMO'd squash Plants with their own DNA -built- in- insecticide??
    Thanks

    • HOME GARDENERS BEWARE: MANY TRANSPLANTS ARE GMO

      Loran, I planted zucchini and yellow squash transplants purchased from our local hardware store. Two weeks later, when tossing the label sticks, I noted a lack of genus (its Latin name) or type (i.e. zucchini arlesa). An email to the grower listed on the tag confirmed my suspicions: they were GM, as were all of their seed starters, I was told. Needless to say, the plants were ripped out of the ground and destroyed.

      A look at Monsanto's site shows most of the 'home garden favorites' are available as GM seed for the commercial transplant grower. I've been posting on this whenever and where ever possible, and ask others do the same to make home gardeners aware.

      • Thanks Jan. I fear that is the case here. Man! No squash this year! Who would have guessed starter plants from little stores would ALL be GMO'D!!!
        We're sunk.

        Know anything about the cukes? Are they GMO now too?

        I wonder if the farmers market growers know about this?

        We are being blindly led to the gallows….

  11. Great article. I am dumfounded that it is so hard given the research that is now available to see that what food we eat is predisposing us for diseases as it saps our immune systems. Worse yet, corporations in league with the FDA are actually trying to keep us eating food which even animals are falling sick from after 60-90 days of GMO feed and they cover it up and keep on feeding us this line that it is safe food. Organic farmers and organizations studying growing are advising they can supply higher toxic free food as cheaply as the rot gut we are getting which counteracts all the lies being put forth by the agricultural biotech companies. We all need to wake up and demand this insanity change. In the meantime, I look for organic everywhere I can find it and while it is more expensive often not by much. EAT THE HIGHEST QUALITY FOOD YOU CAN FIND AND AFFORD.

  12. I have been cognizant for decades (thanks to research work and efforts John Robbins and others) of the unfair farming practices from the government by supporting a farming industry that engages in unethical practices by incorporating harmful substances like hormones and pesticides in the food chain. I believe that it is time these archaic and destructive methods shift to support a healthier more organic industry that instead supports life on this planet rather than alter or destroy it! I've raised my family on organic food and feel every family should have the same opportunity regardless of social status. When I was going through personal financial crisis and needed assistance from nutrition programs I always invested in organic… my money didn't go as far as it could have… but one positive outcome is that I have saved tons on doctor bills by taking this preventative health measures route. It's time for change in the farming industry. Its time for a more ethical approach in farming that supports and sustains life rather than depletes it.

  13. Surely some legislators should be pressing to have susidies of all the chemical practices stopped and be given, instead, to organic growers who can, with their certification be able to prove that they are benefitting the environment and their customers.Political action is something that all adults can engage in. The people have turned against the banks, so now it's time to turn against the giant conglomerates that have had everything their own way for too long.

  14. You have a valid point. I had an experience that I want to share. Thirty years ago, we were all so sick that we switched to organic to stay alive. I was surprised that organic produce tasted so much better than the waxy bitter stuff we'd been buying. Our kids wanted to fill up on fresh food, and stopped begging for the junk & sodas I'd been buying.

    We found we were healthier and spent fewer $$ on driving to the doctor & pharmacy and on junk food. We had more energy and got outside more & went to organic U-pick places. Eventually we felt good enough to plant our own organic garden and fruit trees. It was fun – and – saved us more than enough to make up for the difference in cost. [I think it also saved my life and helped me be able to work again too.]

    That one change made life better for us. I hope you are gradually able to find a way to be able afford better too.

  15. Thank you for your excellent article. You write, "Wouldn’t we rather have the organic food be the one that we fund, making it cheaper, more affordable and more accessible to all Americans? But right now, it’s not." Are there any groups or organizations dedicated to bringing down the cost of organic food?

    • I was wondering about this myself. I know that there are some organizations that can produce nation-wide petitions to the government. My time is so limited at this point in my life to start up something like this, but two organizations that I'm aware of that allow individuals to start up petitions are Change.org and MoveOn.org. If you have time, maybe you can look into this. I am on the mailing list for these two organizations, and receive requests via e-mail to sign some very worthy petitions. I then receive follow-up e-mails to get updates on the success of the petitions. I'm sure there are other organizations as well, but I can't think of their names.

  16. "Certified Organic" is necessary when you are not familiar with the farm or farmer. Best of the best is local organically grown. My experience is that your local small grower honor the soil and return organic matter and rely less on organic fertilizers and pest control. Even "organic" pest control can harm our good insects.

    • We are a single income household, low income, about 25,000 per year. It is possible to maintain a local, predominantly organic diet when you purchase from local smaller suppliers (farmers markets and co-ops, etc.), buy what is in season, and plan your meals ahead for the week.
      We purchase our grains mainly from bulk sections, only buying what we need, including our flour, oats, brown rice, millet, and barley (these items are very filling- so you will use less) and our dry beans as well. Our dinners are mostly vegetarian, but we enjoy local-organic chicken and or beef when it is on sale, we eat just about 1/4 to 1/2 lbs each person.
      Our cleaning products and skin care is home-made when possible, it is fun to experiment with different recipes.
      This way of thinking, shopping, and cooking brings our family closer together, and our meals are diverse so we feel satisfied longer after a wonderful dinner or morning breakfast.
      We rarely buy lunches at all anymore, we pack a small container for on the go which has also been a major savings on the monthly budget.

    • Linda Palma,,,i am disabled, on a very low fixed income that will not improve, yet i eat organic. I have found that it costs twice as much, sometimes more, so i understand your point. However, i have found that i need to eat much less food, if it is organic, because it has much more vitamins, minerals, and substance, and also tastes better and satisfies hunger with much smaller serving sizes than gmo food. Try it and see if its true for you too, i think you will find it is.
      Jaz

  17. Thanks Robyn for all you are doing ! I grew up on a Dairy farm / Beef Ranch. Dad sold the Dairy after I was married in 1975, my older bros. had left the farm to work else where.
    My husband and I with the help of our children, raise hay for our childrens horses and for the dozen or so beef we have. (On the farm that he grew up on) I also have a backyard flock of chickens. In 2009 I felt strongly that I needed to be self reliant and wanted 'Real Food" for my family, my grandchildren and parents. I bought 2 Swiss Jersey heifers, raised them organically. My cow calved in May of 2011, she has provided my family with Raw organic milk ever since. Her first calf was half angus which provided us with organic beef. Her second calf is a Swiss Jersey heifer,10 months and hopefully will be another good milk cow. I sold the other original heifer and her calf last fall. Hanah my cow is such a 'Good cow' I have been making our own yogurt. I have made several batches of cheese and butter. ( Very time consuming) And we have had our own homemade ice cream as well. Our garden does pretty good but I do need to improve on my green thumb !!!
    My father grows hay for his horses and cows and sells the rest. He has used Round Up on his fields. I have tried to let him know the dangers of Round up and GMO crops. I wont use any of his hay and I have told him and my mom about wonderful herbs that I am also learning about and using, but let him know that I can not use any off of his property. I have tried to give him info and such but he doesn't use the computer and believes most of the hype given out by Monsanto and the Agriculture Dept.s that that is the only way to feed the world. So many of the good old farmers have no clue and believe what they have been told by the industry. We have to educate those folks as well and many of them do not use the internet but believe what they have been told. It is very scary. !!!

  18. I understand that almonds (at least those from California) have to be steam-pasteurized, not irradiated; that's what the signage in my coop says.

  19. This is a great article. We seriously need to support the farmers who are trying to keep food healthy instead of letting them all be pushed out of business. All those environmental issues wouldn't be happening if we went back to living off the land & sustaining ourselves the way that nature provides

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  21. In this discussion it’s important to include the farmer or “farm justice” side of the issue. Farmers have long subsidized all food below fair trade, living wage price levels, (since 1953) and also below costs (1981 to 2006 or to 2013, depending on the crop), and that subsidization has been much (ie. 8x) bigger than subsidies, so the net result, after paying subsidies from taxpayers to farmers, is that farmers subsidize consumers about 8x more (using the traditional “fair trade” “living wage” standard of “parity”). So organic food costs more because those farmers rarely have had to subsidize consumers. Prices of farm commodities have been low for non organic because farm market prices don’t self correct in free markets very well at all under most market conditions we’ve had for well over 100 years, (the economic cause, lack of price responsiveness) and because Congress reduced 1953-1995) and eliminated (1996-2013) the market management (farm bill) policies and programs of the New Deal nonsubsidy farm programs. The statements here that it’s caused by subsidies are invalid, widespread but not based on science. Food stamps don’t cause Walmart to pay low wages, nor do compensations to farmers for low prices cause Cargill, ADM, Kelloggs, General Mills, Smithfield, Dean Foods, Kraft, etc. to pay low prices to farmers. To oppose AgBiz cheap food requires something other than subsidy reforms, which do nothing. It requires support for the major “Farm Justice Proposals for the 2012 Farm Bill,” now 2013. We had organic certification for decaded prior to the 1990 act and USDA involvement. For most of the past 3 decades, organic markets have grown faster than supplies, so they did not lack price responsiveness. That’s been changing, with AgBiz involvement in organics, plus 1997-2005, with no market management programs, we saw the lowest farm prices in history (lower than the 1980s, then the 1990s). So organic (& local) farmers got premiums on top of that.

  22. In this discussion it's important to include the farmer or "farm justice" side of the issue. Farmers have long subsidized all food below fair trade, living wage price levels, (since 1953) and also below costs (1981 to 2006 or to 2013, depending on the crop), and that subsidization has been much (ie. 8x) bigger than subsidies, so the net result, after paying subsidies from taxpayers to farmers, is that farmers subsidize consumers about 8x more (using the traditional "fair trade" "living wage" standard of "parity"). So organic food costs more because those farmers rarely have had to subsidize consumers. Prices of farm commodities have been low for non organic because farm market prices don't self correct in free markets very well at all under most market conditions we've had for well over 100 years, (the economic cause, lack of price responsiveness) and because Congress reduced 1953-1995) and eliminated (1996-2013) the market management (farm bill) policies and programs of the New Deal nonsubsidy farm programs. The statements here that it's caused by subsidies are invalid, widespread but not based on science. Food stamps don't cause Walmart to pay low wages, nor do compensations to farmers for low prices cause Cargill, ADM, Kelloggs, General Mills, Smithfield, Dean Foods, Kraft, etc. to pay low prices to farmers. To oppose AgBiz cheap food requires something other than subsidy reforms, which do nothing. It requires support for the major "Farm Justice Proposals for the 2012 Farm Bill," now 2013. We had organic certification for decaded prior to the 1990 act and USDA involvement. For most of the past 3 decades, organic markets have grown faster than supplies, so they did not lack price responsiveness. That's been changing, with AgBiz involvement in organics, plus 1997-2005, with no market management programs, we saw the lowest farm prices in history (lower than the 1980s, then the 1990s). So organic (& local) farmers got premiums on top of that.

  23. Thanks, Brad. You are right on target. After growing up on DDT and then crop dusters flying overhead, I eat organic when I can buy it. Have a great summer. Is that Sophia all grown up?

  24. be careful with organic ''standards'', since july 2011 the USDA has allowed more than 400 new toxins within the frame of what they call organic…Disagree with this. If we don't disagree it will continue and increase. Why not study about wild foods and start harvesting? It's way cheaper and much more organic than whatever you will find in supermarkets or farmers markets. It is fresher, much richer in minerals and vitamins, etc. etc.

    • My parents grew up on farms, raised a Victory Garden in our city yard during WWII and fed us largely from that source. I'm a 3rd generation backyard gardener as are my grown children. My grandchildren eat organic food. It's our way of life. May the 5th generation carry on this healthy lifestyle as they grow food for generation #6!

  25. check out the weston price foundation/…..and natasha campbell mcbride for the best
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  26. There is a definite difference in taste and health benefits. All we have to do is look at all of the diseases associated with pesticides, antibiotics, gmo's, etc. It's so obvious. I think most people are in denial and too caught up in our 'convenience' society. It's not convenient to buy organic so many don't want to hear about it. It's really sad and we are paying for it with healthcare.

  27. Big Huge and Massive question mark? about the larger food suppliers selling organic! Period! I would never buy my organics from them… I’ve followed the corporate chain of all of them and guess where it leads? (meaning guess who the company’s, Affiliates and the CEO’s are and their agenda’s).
    I would only ever shop at small organic outlets that I trust and know the produce is 100% Organic. we need to promote local community not these giants! live locally like out ancestors did not so very long ago! Its so simple Really..

  28. Big Huge and Massive question mark? about the larger food suppliers selling organic! Period! I would never buy my organics from them… I've followed the corporate chain of all of them and guess where it leads? (meaning guess who the company's, Affiliates and the CEO's are and their agenda's).
    I would only ever shop at small organic outlets that I trust and know the produce is 100% Organic. we need to promote local community not these giants! live locally like out ancestors did not so very long ago! Its so simple Really..

  29. I completely concur @[100002273772113:2048:Gigi Saporiti]! I am appalled at this aspect of the industry from John Robbins’ expose in the ’90s and am still speechless that continues today. Now the animal slaughter industry is looking to have the government intervene to enforce laws that prevent whistle blowers from taking photographs and gathering evidence that supports the atrocities of their barbaric and archaic business practices. We are living in the Twilight Zone!

  30. It is also sickening how farm animals in slaughterhouses are treated – abused, force fed, locked and confined in filthy small cages. Piglets ripped from their mothers – their snouts cut off shortly after birth, chickens beaks cut off to prevent them from Pecking each other

  31. to death. Cows thrown against was with heavy equipment to kill them , chickens brand bashed I with hammers to kill them. It's revoluting and beyond comprehendable.

    Food pantries and food chickens sadly only provide " government bulk" food – it is the cheapest of the cheapest food – lacking in caloric value or nutrition.

  32. I completely concur Gigi Saporiti! I am appalled at this aspect of the industry from John Robbins' expose in the '90s and am still speechless that continues today. Now the animal slaughter industry is looking to have the government intervene to enforce laws that prevent whistle blowers from taking photographs and gathering evidence that supports the atrocities of their barbaric and archaic business practices. We are living in the Twilight Zone!

  33. I read about that !!! Isn't that appalling ?? wtf?

    To not be able to expose these atrocities legally?

    wth? Slaughterhouses are like concentration camps – we are destroying and killing beautiful, sentiment, intelligent beings that deserve a chance at a beautiful carefree happy life!

    There are ways to produce cows, chickens et cetra and allow them to live , on the open ranges , grain fed freely ( not force fed " Foie Gras"- Sickening!!!) There are ways ( If it must be done for the meat eaters of this world) – to humanely put down a ( BABY) calf, cows , chickens or pigs. Especially since they are being bred to feed the masses of the world they should be treated as totality with the best fed organic feed or grain in the fresh open aired planes . If more of the general public knew that the chicken their eating lived its life with thousands of other sickly , filthy chickens in disgusting conditions , ridden with lice and disease and force feed disgusting foods I think people would be revolting ? That's like eating a piece of a decaying meat that sat in the hot sun for days ridden with maggots – Disgusting. How can a worker in a slaughterhouse be so filled with such hate for these poor animals ?? What kind of degenerate mind would bang a chicken against a wall until it's dead? or slam a hammer over a cows head until their brains burst out? or Purposely break the legs of a calf so they cannot walk to their mother or purposely burn off a baby piglets about right after it's born??

    I never get over this ?? it's beyond comprehendable ??

    Bastards !!!

  34. Actually US standards on organic foods are lower than most countries in Europe, which is why they repeatedly refuse reciprocal agreements for buying and selling organic foods. I understand the author's opinion on the "strict standards" of organic labeling, but in actuality these foods actually only have about 66% fewer pesticides than conventional. We certainly need to stop subsidizing antibiotic, chemical-process farming and penalizing organic farmers with extra fees, tests, labeling, etcetera: until then, growing my own, saving my own seeds and buying from trusted organic sources.

  35. As a shamanic practitioner, I have learned from the plants why it is so important to eat organic. The plants are the "beings" with the highest consciousness on the Earth. If we grow them with chemicals, we retard their consciousness, locking them in an autistic reality. They're focus is narrow, size and shape for instance. If grown organic, they are making the adjustments in their chemical structure to ensure their survival and ours. They're roots are in the soil and the balance of the plant breathing the same air that we do. Your heart closes in shame when you eat chemically grown food for the poisoning of your Mother. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves by restricting our access to her source.

  36. One of the worst things allowed into the Organic Standards, despite 100 commenters who objected when the standards were being written, is fluorine-based fumigants. Sure, fluorine is 'natural' but so is arsenic! Unlike Europe, where the warehouse must be empty when it is fumigated, US warehouses just put in the gas with food present, so it gets on everything. For those who don't pay extra for organic, you'll get another dose of fluoride from the cryolite that is a fluorine-based pesticide used on many veggies, fruits, and nuts. There is no regular testing of fluoride in foods. Search fluoride at Environmental Working Group or FluorideAlertorg.

  37. When you’re shopping for organic foods in the U.S., you can look for the “USDA Organic” seal to make sure that the food is 100 percent organic .. but in other countries, we have to just trust the labels till stricter standards are enforced .

  38. I'm surprised I didn't see the token "organic is bullshit" in the comments section of the article. I would laugh at those people if they weren't poisoning themselves and their children with their selfish ways.

  39. The demand of organic food is increasing day by day and people are more interested in having organic food as these healthy and nutritious. Also these foods are quite genetically modified foods which can be unhealthy sometimes. Organic foods are the genetically modified foods which can be sometimes unhealthy. http://www.gsplantfoods.com/orchid-care-tipsdirec

  40. Already made the change found local farmer to by my grass fed meat to i go to farm stand to buy fruits n veg u can afford organic meat just eat meat 1 or 2 a week thats what we do i hope to end factory farms its cruel i wont spend a dollar to support them all animals deserve repect even when they r grown for food

  41. They also feed cows ground up chickens n beef part fed pigs arsinic n chicken fed poop its gross its grooss how they r treated to when sick they r starved cows with cancer r still make it to slaughter everyone should watch the vidios how they r killed n treated it made me cry for 2 days but now i know n made the change also when u go out to dinner they r setving factory farm look for organic resturants i wouldnt treat my worst enemy this way animals should be grassing in fresh air it the healthy way if u cant afford to buy natural meat than eat rice n beans u r not going to starve without meat

  42. I purchase all organic fruits and vegetables. Yes, I'm told my people who don't believe in organic, it's crazy to spend more .I tell them it make me feel happy and that's all that matter

  43. I wish they would completely do away with all pesticides in any form for about 6 months, then see where we are at.

  44. Gigi Saporiti well i agree that we should treat animals like that, however, it atleast doesnt affect our health as much as growth hormones, anitibiotics, pesticides etc. so its low on my priority list.

    Firstly we have to worry about things which play with our health and well being, then we can move on treating animals correctly.

  45. I am really jealous of people in Europe, like my daughter who lives there now, who eat healthy, organic food all the time under the "biologic" label. The price is the same or fractionally higher. These countries take great pride in their farmers and locally produced food as evidenced by the numerous agriculturally based festivals held in towns with local vendors. Europeans also take great pride in crafting very fine, tasty food products and beverages which can be sampled during fairs and purchased at markets. There bakeries are unsurpassed. Their meat is expensive generally, especially beef, as it should be. However, pork, chicken and fish are plentiful. We have driven out our local family farmers and replaced them with corporate farming operations. I am glad the local farmer market scene is making a comeback and that prices on organic food continually drop with demand and access. However, we have a very long way to go before we eat as well as our European counterparts.

  46. When is the mainstream media going to wake-up and allow the negative impact the GMO's and chemicals etc in our food are having on the health of the population to be broadcast for all to hear? The general mindset still is that so-called "scientists" and government agencies are looking out for the well-being of the population, so would not allow anything into the food chain that would hurt us! When is this lie going to be blown open?
    The next fruit to soon be foisted upon the general populous is the non-browning GMO apple. Any fruit that does not naturally oxidize cannot be properly digested. Who is going to inform the population of its dangers?
    The human (and animal) physiology is not designed to digest and utilize genetically altered foods!! The nutrient content may be similar or even higher (which I doubt) but if the body cannot extract the nutrients, and/or the natural intestinal flora cannot break it down, and body systems are altered or made more permeable allowing tixins and undigested materials to enter the blood or body cells before properly digested, it is not much wonder we are seeing and experiencing massive increases in almost all diseases and conditions from diabetes to heart disease to Alzheimers to learning disabilities. The proof is right in front of our noses, but few are reading the evidence. Most people had never even heard the word "Autism" 20 years ago! Now 1:50 children have some form of Autism Spectrum disorder! What's changed? The only causative denominator is that our food supply has been drastically altered! We are being no-so-slowly poisoned!

    • The mainstream media is never going to tell the truth. They are all owned by the same few families who own the food industry, banking and control Monsanto. Their agenda is population reduction. Food is only 1 of their weapons they use against us. They also succeeded in poisoning the air and water. So no. Mainstream media will never tell the truth about anything.

  47. Walmart selling organic produce : that can be problematic, for that chain needs a huge supply. Can hundreds of acres of 'organic' this or that still comply with the mandate of organic agriculture, and adhere to the principles of bio-diversity?

    • After Fukashima Diichi, the reports are that it continues to leak huge volumes of harmful radiation throughout a wide area including most countries that surround it, enen affecting Hawaii, and the U.S. western coastal states from Oregon to the Baja. This toxic problem affects the land, water, air, and anything it touches.

      I have read that almost ALL of Walmart organics are from China, so I try to search for fresh imports from nations least affected by ongoing nuclear meltdowns that last for 1000 or more yes!

  48. Good article. The only thing I would add/change is organic food should be more affordable and accessible to all people, not just all Americans. This is affecting everyone on the planet.

  49. So how do we make organic food affordable to the masses? With the economy still down, people losing there homes and trying to feed there children, how can some people give their children the good food they need when the usda keep it so expensive. Is there a way to petition them?

  50. Is it great to be totally, with your head in the clouds
    more people like that and Hitler would have won!
    I thought I was just was a marketing tool.
    Wow, who knew that nothing could be further from the truth And while none of us can do everything, some of us can do nothing with the brains we got.

  51. Thank you for sharing. My family started eating organic, non-gmo wholefood when we had our first child to avoid pesticides. Eating organic doesn't have to be expensive. We buy organic fresh produce locally at farmers market and we are also glad to have found iherb.com for other raw, non-gmo natural products such as nuts and seeds. iherb prices are much cheaper than health stores here at home; offers cheap shipping and lots of specials, including giving $10 off purchase of over $40 to new customers when using discount coupon EJE156.

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  53. The salient paragraph in this entire article is the one describing TAXPAYER-FUNDED subsidies to conventional agriculture for use of, well, POISONS.

    The history of the United States is one of "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" business practices, and all of history can be realistically analyzed using economic models (Marx was VERY good at this).

    And, of course, never mind the consequences.

    The fact that all these "progressive" farming practices using petro-chemicals HAVE to be CONSTANTLY updated(read NEW PRODUCTS), otherwise, after a period of time, they cease to be effective for the purpose they were created for, or in the case of animals, they are used STRICTLY for convenience.

    They serve to prop up a system that is, as we speak, in the early stages of breakdown. This system (Capitalism-Corporatism) requires unlimited growth to sustain itself—that is the ecology of the cancer cell.

  54. It's not enough to simply buy 100% organic, we must stop the policy that gives subsidies to creating less healthy food in the first place. We didn't buy our way into this mess and we can't buy our way out.

  55. Violence in any form is evil and to take the life of an innocent animal is tantamount to blatant savagery.

    Sorry, folks, as long as the above is going on, even organic won' t help you.

  56. Organic foods are more costly due to being more expensive to produce because traditional pesticides and fertilizers are not used. Organic crops are more labor intensive than traditionally grown crops and have lower yields which make them more expensive to the consumer.

  57. The problem for some of us is the simple fact that we literally cannot financially afford the price difference. When you don’t have 2 pennies ti rub together, you have to make sacrifices whether you want to or not.

  58. The problem for some of us is the simple fact that we literally cannot financially afford the price difference. When you don’t have 2 pennies ti rub together, you have to make sacrifices whether you want to or not.

  59. The problem for some of us is the simple fact that we literally cannot financially afford the price difference. When you don’t have 2 pennies ti rub together, you have to make sacrifices whether you want to or not.

  60. I just sent the EWG’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce chart to my five adult children. Also when shopping, look at the little sticker on the fruit or veggie. If the number starts with a 4, it has pesticides, etc. If it starts with a 7, it’s organic.

  61. The big box stores named in the article as good suppliers of organic produce shows the extent to which the author is misinformed or not informed at all.

    These big box stores source from China, the most polluted country in the world, with the most lax of regulations known…anything passes as organic.

    NaturalNews.com has done many forensic tests and written many articles on the danger of eating big box store 'organics'. Cheap organic produce from China is no better than GMOs and pesticide-laden North American produce and further, such sourcing undermines the organic farmers who do produce really healthy food right here at home.

    Big Box stores look after #1, do not take responsibility for ensuring the stuff they sell is actually organic…they are interested ONLY in making a big buck by buying cheap and selling as the real thing. I NEVER buy anything from big box stores and especially Costco, Walmart and so on, who seem to never give ethics and integrity a second thought. I hope the author's information becomes more reliable, as good intention is simply not enough to help readers stay safe and healthy.

  62. Non certified organic and especially china-sourced food and GMOs + doctor's + dentists bills = far great cost than certified organics no matter what mathematical formula is used. It is only an illusion that certified organic is more expensive.

  63. One of the worst things allowed into the Organic Standards, despite 100 commenters who objected when the standards were being written, is fluorine-based fumigants. Sure, fluorine is ‘natural’ but so is arsenic! Unlike Europe, where the warehouse must be empty when it is fumigated, US warehouses just put in the gas with food present, so it gets on everything. For those who don’t pay extra for organic, you’ll get another dose of fluoride from the cryolite that is a fluorine-based pesticide used on many veggies, fruits, and nuts. There is no regular testing of fluoride in foods. Search fluoride at Environmental Working Group or FluorideAlertorg.

  64. One of the ways to make sure we eat only organic veggies, very cheaply, is to grow our own! Very easy, very cheap. Grow tomatoes in old buckets or milk jugs on a sunny deck. Pound and pounds of tomatoes for a $2.00 packet of seeds.

  65. I used to laugh at my son-in-law who started trend of eating organic in his young family. Myself, I was having daily heavy cramping pains in my stomach area for longer time and I started worry, whether I don't have some cancer or so. Then on one hot summer day when shopping in supermarket, I put into my basket few organic kefirs, just because it was on sale cheaper then others. Every day I enjoyed a glass of this delicacy. Few days later I realized, that my pains and cramps were gone. Ahaaa ! That was for me the turning point. I started reading and educating myself more about todays food supplies. I am not strictly organic, because I could not afford the cost, but I am more careful about my frequent food selection, eating healthier chicken (no hormone etc and no GMO feed), once a while I have organic steak from Shop Rite. All leafy vegetable + some other I buy organic, buying only wild cought fish, using organic sugar for baking, organic milk, butter, eggs and many more organic products available on the market for reasonable prize, mostly in local BJ's. And I grow some my own vegetables. My stomach pains are gone. No any cancer was involved, just unhealthy food full of additives and chemicals.

  66. The key to affordable organic food is information and personal initiative. Start to grow your own as much as you can, buy staples in bulk and search and to find your local “Beyond organic ” usually direct marketing or CSA farmers. Visit the farms, volunteer to help out and find out exactly how they grow things and how they take most of the risks and how small the profit margins are.
    The USDA has stolen the word Organic from the originators of the movement whose original goal was to produce the best food possible for themselves and others. If you get to know and buy direct from a farmer friend you won’t have to depend on a costly bureaucracy to guarantee that your food is real. Most supermarket Organic food is better than non-organic but it has become a pawn of corporate America to the economic detriment of the cost conscious consumer and the small farmer.

  67. Many mineral supplements contain basic elements, not grown in plants. “Organic” only applies to plants & meats – otherwise it’s pointless. Like the “natural” word in marketing. Same issue with various chemical compounds, like vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – its only one & the identical molecule regardless of where it comes from or how it’s made.

    Please keep in mind that USDA allows “organic” labels on stuff that’s poorly inspected or tested, and USDA allows a LONG list of synthetic & factory-made chemicals to be used on them. We all know the state of industrial chemicals safety testing is abysmal. So Organic could have stuff that’s just as bad or worse than what they can’t use on Organic. So don’t be under the illusion Organic means it’s Safe or Good. It merely means a few things we know are bad are not used. There’s no really confident Safe unless you grow it yourself with the right seeds, do extensive soils & water testing, cook it right, etc.

    So Organic needs to be kept in perspective & common sense applied.

  68. When I first started eating organic foods I did so because I had heard that it was healthier, but when buying organic began to exceed my budget I started looking into its real health benefits. I know now that organic food and conventionally-grown food are equally nutritious, but that organic food is produced with reduced amounts of pesticides and with pesticides that derive from only natural sources. While I haven't found many credible health studies that draw concrete conclusions about the long-term health benefits of organic food and reduced exposure to pesticide residue, there isn't any evidence that proves the opposite–that organic food/reduced exposure to pesticide residues can be detrimental to human health. So because of this, and because organic farming is better for the environment, I think organic food is the better choice for overall, long-term health. However, because I'm on a tight budget I can't buy all organic food. I follow the Environmental Working Group's "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce" and only buy organic produce from their "Dirty Dozen" list of produce with the most pesticide residues. I try to buy organic dairy products and especially organic meat and poultry when my budget allows it. Most other things I buy non-organic. If I could buy everything organic I would because I think it's the smarter choice as far as its environmental benefits, its better treatment of animals, and its probable long-term health benefits, but until organic food prices come down I will have to pick and choose what foods definitely should be bought organic and what foods are okay to eat non-organic.

  69. If the FDA and USDA weren't wholly-owned subsidiaries of big corporate agriculture and poison-spewing chemical companies, this wouldn't be a problem.

  70. I believe that we must end the subsidies to the large agribusinesses and the chemical companies. An more importantly having all their contacts with USDA and FDA officials made open to the public. We have to stop these government agencies from writing regulations that are composed by these industries lawyers and paid scientists. For their interests are not on the public's health but on their profits.

  71. I fully support organic food but today (after being reminded of the importance of organic by this article) I bought an organic head of cauliflower which was $6.31 at my local grocery store! Unbelievable!!

  72. A few things are bothering me about this article. First that there is no link to any study or actual evidence to support this claim. Second, many of the “arguments” used here to not actually hold any substance of merit. There is nothing inherently wrong with “chemicals”. Everything on this Earth is made of chemicals. There is no avoiding chemicals, and nothing dangerous about them either. Also not sure where the author heard that sewage sludge is permitable in non-organic food but I’m 99% positive that is not true. Again, no source to back up the claim so I will have to assume it’s false.

    • “Chemicals” are pharmaceutically made! Think about all those ignorant idiots on chemicals/pills bought from the pharm companies. They pee like e1 else and their pee goes through the same cleaning process and guess what? That water is holding all those chemicals and going back into your drinking water. Now, the vicious cycle, you drink it, your pets drink it, you bathe in it, you cook with it, you clean with it. So, Yes, chemicals as per your “opinion’ are EVERYWHERE. Not by choice because these chems can’t be cleaned out of the water for a very long time.

    • You are correct, the majority of sewer sludge used in agricultural production is not spread on food grade agricultural products. The majority of it is used for feed grade crop production, which is in turn used in livestock feed programs. There are different grades of sewer sludge that can be used in production. The issue is in mixed crop farms, there have been reports of sewer sludge being used in the production of food grade crops. It all comes down to money. People in the United States want cheap food and the agricultural system here as been developed around this premise. Until that changes, we still get to deal with these absolutely disgusting realities.

      If you believe that there are no products out there used for agricultural production that have sewer sludge as a component, why don’t you take a look at this list:

      http://www.sludgenews.org/about/sludgenews.aspx?id=5

      I guarantee that farms can and do use this garbage to fertilize land used in crop production.

  73. On top of organic foods costing more, I’ve found some major grocery chains — Publix, Sweetbay — price gouging. Just two days ago I found a price disparity of $20.99 at Publix compared to $13.99 at Rollin’ Oats for an identical 20 oz jar of raw, organic almond butter. Caveat emptor!

  74. I say we can eat less! Most folks eat to much anyway! Slow down, enjoy and pay what it takes to sustain these farmers that are keeping integrity of not just food quality but quality of life a high priority!

  75. Quote "The U.S. organic industry grew 21 percent overall in 2006". Do you have any data from 2006 – 2014?

  76. No, THE BIG GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE PROBLEM. It is the American obsession with big government that is the problem. It is this government's unconditional support for Big Business that is the problem, especially the chemical big business.

  77. True chemical residues can be washed off, at least partially. This is better than nothing. But to suggest that the difference between organic and non-organic is minimal is foolishly pathetic.

  78. Hi from the UK- thanks for this & organic tastes better too! Get as much as you can organic OR if not, then locally grown…on the site I started 2 1/2 years ago post cancer diagnosis ( http://www.cansurviving.com – title says it all) I have lots of recipes on the body section, plus much for the mind and the spirit as real health involves all three parts of ourselves -it has been called 'a lifejacket for people', has an international reach and now has nearly 9K hits a month- check it out…

  79. Wish we had the same standards in England. So little organic stuff about, anyway – all hard to come by, We could to survive on organic food alone – just not enough of it on the shelves of any supermarket or store. Thee is a Whole Foods in London – but much too far away from me to shop there. VERY SAD.

  80. while buying organic is a good start, cauliflower is not in season in March in Illinois, so it will be expensive if it needs to be shipped long distances. You'll spend less overall and it will taste fresher if you purchase directly from local organic farmers. Here's a local listing for you Ann. http://www.ilstewards.org/local-food-promotion/buy-fresh-buy-local/buy-fresh-buy-local-central-illinois/ I wish you a delicious summer full of healthy chemical-free local foods!

  81. Or, instead of going to the grocery store, support your local farmers and farmers markets. Buying directly from local organic farmers is often cheaper. If you still can't afford it, offer to help out on the farm once a month in exchange for food or join a community supported agriculture farm. Many farmers accept SNAP or WIC now too. Or start growing some of your own veggies. No space? look for a community garden near you. It's so empowering to take control of even a small part of your food supply — and you won't find something in the store that's fresher or more delicious!

  82. The list of prohibited substances should be enough evidence to go organic at least once a week even if money is tight…Cutting meat out and diverting these funds to an organic plant-powered diet is another way of controlling the household budget…and reducing your water footprint at the same time.

  83. Can you talk about the farmers that are not certified but may still follow organic practices? Can they say that their produce/food is grow without the use of these items and not get fined? Also, is there a benefit to non-food organic products?

  84. Yes, buy organic food and thereby create more and more demand for organic food by your shopping habits, which in turn will lead to a greater production of healthy food. And then eat organic food and stay healthy.

  85. Yes..when you eat organically, you are enjoying all the vitamins and minerals that are associated with that food. Our food IS our medicine. Our bodies recognize this and responds by telling you that you do not have to overeat to think you are satisfied. This, in turn, can alleviate drugs and supplements that you would take to fill this void. Not to mention that the food actually tastes like it's suppose to.

  86. At farmer's markets you'll often run into farmers who say they are growing by organic standards but aren't certified. It's usually pretty easy to tell whether or not their being straight with you once you start asking a few questions. Quite often, they'll invite you to come by the farm and take a tour. If you see it in a store, it will probably say non-certified. The greatest benefit from buying non-food organic products is that it further supports organics, although there's probably a given amount of pesticides you avoid in the process too.

  87. When I can't buy organic, I do buy with no additives, preservatives, or ingrediedients I don't know.

  88. How do we know that we are buying organic? I believe that chemicals in our food, our homes, our make up,
    are creating so many Health Issues , and we can change all that. My husband and I have been chemical free.
    for 19 years…it makes a difference in your health. Thank you for all the info provided to us.

  89. You didn't dig deep enough but it's good for now. USDA Organic allows ~15% chemicals. So, USDA is not the best organic verification entity. There are others, but are not very visible because, as in other things, when the government gets involved people believe their standards are the best.
    You didn't answer the question "Why is the government subsidizing chemical infested farms whilst running the cost of organics up sky high"… Hmmm. The government has no interest in encouraging organics. Just think of the missed revenues from their biggest supporters, Big pharma, AMA, etc., if they really tried to encourage organic farming. FDA would have to give up their automatic weapons. Major bummer…

  90. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) puts out a lot of very specific information about what's allowed in the production of organic foods, both plant and animal.

    Frankly, I'm very concerned about anyone who was "dismissing" the importance of eating organic even just "several years ago," as the author states. The truth has been out there for ages. I have a hard time regarding such a person as an authority.

  91. My friend who lives near London says that Marks & Spencer has been a leader in wholesome food. I don't know how much of their stuff is organic, but it seems to be high quality and may be worth checking.

  92. Has anyone heard of Wildtree? They sell all organic, non-gmo foods like sauces, oils, spices, baking mixes, etc. Kinda like Tastefully Simple – but organic. I joined as a consultant to get the free food. ;) But, it's also a great way to make extra money, and make quick and easy organic meals.

  93. In addition to USDA allowing 15% chemicals, there is also an allowance for "unintentional" GMO contamination. So, while the rules state that GMOs are not allowed in USDA Organic, there are many loopholes. USDA Organic DOES NOT MEAN 100% GMO FREE!! Look for NonGMO Project label certification as well as USDA organic and you'll be closer to the mark.

  94. In 2006 I presented a weight loss experience in Houston, the patients in this study were low income persons I was not charging, they were discovering how to shop healthy , they had my recipes, it was not rocket sciences but it made a difference in the lives of people still going to buy organic and still in "healthy"weight.

  95. My father bought a piece of land to grow an orchard and have beehives, because as an engineer he saw the processed food coming and the production of nutriment through chemicals. Before to be a doctor I learnt to have the food as first medicine, I was more convinced after being graduate.

  96. It may be just a little simplistic to think that the label 'organic' is enough. One organic carrot is not necessarily equal to another organic carrot. It's all about the quality of the soil. Even though vegetables may be grown organically, this does not really tell us what the soil is rich in or what it is deficient in. One hopes that farmers growing organically are constantly improving the quality of the soil but when organic crops are grown in large mono crops which is now happening more and more thanks to the Walmarts and other mass purchasers of organic foods, this is very much in question. This is another reason to shop from small farms where the farmers are highly invested in producing better and better food rather than just more and more profit.

  97. Consuming organic food is really way better than the conventional one. This is our way of giving ourselves the comfort of a healthy living. It will keep us away from harmful chemical that foods contain. And I agree that organic foods cost high as much as that of non-organic but it's all worth it. Give it a try!

  98. Are we a bit brainwashed ? Do you seriously think the government wants us to live longer? They have been putting false information out there for years..

  99. After eating "organic" for a while, I could, and can, TASTE the chemicals on, and inferior quality of, non-organic fruits and vegetables… and dairy products too for sure! (One evening, I just HAD to have a salad for dinner, but I had no lettuce…(I like every kind but "head"). I wasn't going to drive all the way to Whole Foods, so I just went to a close grocery store and got some. I couldn't eat it! I don't know if the horrid taste was coming more from the pesticides or from other poor farming practices… Robyn, your article was great… informative and to the point… but allow me to add that organic ANYTHING…TASTES ever so more vibrant and pure. I say, the only reason folks eat what they do and these corporations are so huge, is because people DON'T KNOW how GOOD FOOD CAN AND SHOULD TASTE!

  100. And wait 'till you taste MY raw, organic, gluten-free, ultra nourishing "goodies"! If you love dessert as much as I do, you will find my Haute Goodies too good to be true! I always say, we never want healthy foods to taste like… healthy foods!

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