Nourishing a misconception 1

To those who feel morally good because they buy and consume only “organic” food, this may come as a most uncomfortable truth: you cannot be both FOR universal organic farming and FOR feeding the hungry millions.

And you need not worry that your health will suffer if you eat mass-produced foods. It’s a misconception that organic food is better for your health than the kind grown with chemical aids. It’s just more expensive.

This report by the Center for Consumer Freedom explains:

Another study, another dose of reality for organic-only foodies. A review published this month in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that the evidence from previous studies … indicates that organic food isn’t any healthier than ordinary, conventionally grown food.

This follows on the heels of, and supports, a similar review last summer from the same team. That review, released by Britain’s Food Standards Agency, came to the same conclusion after the authors sifted through 162 peer-reviewed research articles from the previous five decades.

As you might expect, the review last summer came under instant criticism from groups that promote organic foods by making health claims. So who’s to say who’s right? Writing in the Institute of Food Technologists’ journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety this spring, Rutgers University professor Joseph Rosen analyzed the marketing and health claims made by organic proponents. After noting that experts at the Mayo Clinic and American Dietetic Association don’t find any real benefits in organic food, Rosen concludes: … Consumers who buy organic food because they believe that it contains more healthful nutrients than conventional food are wasting their money.

And …  let’s just dispose of the ridiculous idea that the whole world could go organic if we all agreed to do it. Limited crop yields mean organic agriculture simply can’t feed the world. University of Manitoba agronomist Vaclav Smil calculated that in order to replace synthetic nitrogen (widely used today) with organic nitrogen, the U.S. alone would need an additional 1 billion livestock (for manure) and 2 billion acres of forage crops (for the livestock). That’s the size of the lower 48 states.

In other words, the organic niche is just that—a niche, and a feel-good boutique system for those who can afford it. But the idea that its widespread use would bring widespread benefits to humanity belongs in the compost.

  • NoCountryForYoungMen

    Personal experience tells me that so far organic products when they are really organic are better for your health, have more variety and flavor. Also you are avoiding all the cancer & degenerative nerve/neuron diseases caused by chemicals (especially residual pesticide in food, soil, water) that are used in monoculture and current (GM Tech is not inherently bad) evil monopolistic Monsanto GM monoculture. Both are poison based agriculture methods that while producing higher yield lower quality product in the short term they deplete the land of it's bio-diversity and normal life sustaining processes resulting from the destruction of top soil and chemical run off = totally destroying the biosphere. Also the method is heavily subsidized by the government – as the current means of creating the pesticides and fertilizers necessary are very expensive and the extra energy needed to produce them also destroy the environment.

    'the organic niche is just that—a niche, and a feel-good boutique system for those who can afford it.'

    LIES – the false 'green revolution' started in the 1950's will in fact lead eventually to much less food, people, diversity and quality of life.

    In Ireland you will notice how rock walls parcel the land into small patches – you would think that the yield would be very low as they don't use any chemicals – on the contrary the stone acts as an energy reservoir to raise the micro climate temperature and it has been shown that the smaller the parcel of land the greater the yield for each meter squared. It is a proven fact that the highest agricultural production results on the perimeter. The more edges you introduce into a farming environment (organic like another crop, inorganic like rock) the greater the yield.

    In short please read up on the issues. In India for example where this false 'green revolution' has been spread only death and suffering lies in its wake.

    Permaculture and the true understanding of biological mechanisms and other variables in a food producing system down to the chemical and genetic level will result literally in more and better life.