published Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The myth of organic foods

Folks have plenty of good reasons for believing all sorts or myths, lies, cons, bunkum and baloney.

People believe in astrology because they want to be able to make sense of the world — or because they're indecisive and want help in making decisions. The heartbreaking desire to reach a lost love one leads otherwise rational people to turn to séances, mediums and oiji boards. Grocery stores and farmers markets are filled with people buying organic produce because they think it's healthier for themselves and their families.

That's right. In the grand scheme of hooey and hogwash, the purported health benefits of organic fruits and vegetables over the cheaper conventional versions of the same produce rank right alongside crop circles, spoon-bending and ab-belts on the scam meter. The nutritional benefits of organic produce are nothing more than a superstition.

The organic industry's lobbying mouthpiece, the Organic Consumers Association, has spouted all sorts of claims about the benefits of organic produce, such as "On average, organic is 25% more nutritious in terms of vitamins and minerals than products derived from industrial agriculture."

But those figures come from a report filled with unsubstantiated data that was paid for by the organic food companies. Needless to say, it was in their best interest to stretch (or invent) the truth.

When actual scientists performed actual scientific research about the nutritional benefits of organic produce, they discovered absolutely no benefit in consuming organic produce.

The Stanford University study, "Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?: A Systematic Review," found "that fruits and vegetables labeled organic were, on average, no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts, which tend to be far less expensive. Nor were they any less likely to be contaminated by dangerous bacteria like E. coli," according to a New York Times recap of the study.

"Conventional fruits and vegetables did have more pesticide residue, but the levels were almost always under the allowed safety limits, the scientists said. The Environmental Protection Agency sets the limits at levels that it says do not harm humans," the report found.

So there are no rational justifications for spending the extra money to purchase organic produce for health or nutritional reasons. But there must be environmental benefits, right? Wrong.

Organic foods are actually horrible for the environment and may ultimately cause people to die of starvation.

Sound crazy? Consider this: Organic farming is much less productive than conventional farming.

A Swiss study on organic farming found that organic agricultural plots are, on average, 20 percent less productive than conventional plots. As Ronald Bailey, a science correspondent at Reason magazine points out, this leaves two options if supporters of organic agriculture have their way: Either plow up forests and grassland to create a lot more land for organic agriculture or let people starve because there won't be as much food to go around.

Starvation and environmental devastation sure makes those safe fertilizers and pesticides seem a lot more appealing doesn't it?

There's nothing wrong with wanting to make sure that you and your family are eating food that's as healthy as possible. In fact, it's admirable. But there's no need to waste money on organic produce when conventional fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious at a fraction of the cost. In other words, don't be a sucker.

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And in other news, GMO foods and the use of Roundup have been linked to causing tumors.

Or did you forget to read that?

http://www.examiner.com/article/gmo-foods-cause-tumors-and-early-death-according-to-new-studies

Huh, I bet you won't write an editorial about that.

Nor about how conventional farming methods aren't sustainable, and how after a few years, you can end up with unproductive wastelands that lead to what? OH YEAH, the same thing you misleadingly complain about for organic foods.

Maybe you're the one who will be a sucker, as you think like a grasshopper today, but don't think about the winter that might be coming.

September 20, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.
conservative said...

Good job! People tend to be sheep following whatever the Liberal/Socialist/Demoncrat mess media tell them. Not only is "organic" a scam adding great costs to the price of food but organic has been injurious to people's health as well. Salmonella outbreaks have occurred due to contamination from animal manure and human feces when used for fertilizer.

Environmental scams abound in this country. I hope Mr. Johnson does a piece on the get rid of coal scam which will only drive up the cost of electricity. So many sheep (sheep are dumb) will feel good about the reduction in coal usage and then blame the energy companies for the increase cost in their electric bill, totally oblivious to the fact they brought the higher electrical bill on themselves.

September 20, 2012 at 10:04 a.m.
RightSaidFred said...

Anthony Trewavas, professor of cell biology at Edinburgh University, questioned the way the research had been conducted, saying the number of rats involved in the study – 200 – was too small to draw any meaningful conclusions. ‘To be frank, it looks like random variation to me in a rodent line likely to develop tumours anyway,’ he said. He also claimed Professor Seralini was an anti-GM campaigner and that previous studies questioning the technology’s safety had not withstood scrutiny.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2205509/Cancer-row-GM-foods-French-study-claims-did-THIS-rats--cause-organ-damage-early-death-humans.html?ITO=1490

September 20, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.
Easy123 said...

More ignorance from Conservative! You are truly a charlatan. A very ignorant one.

September 20, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.
ValleyDweller said...

I'm really disappointed the TFP would print an article like this without a counterpoint perspective. Especially given the robust local food industry in this region. People avoid chemicals in their food due to the possible long term effects of exposure. Something which cannot be tested for in a short term study. Sames goes for avoiding hormones and antibiotics in meat and dairy. Don't call people suckers for being proactive about limiting what is put in their bodies.

September 20, 2012 at 11 a.m.
mtngrl said...

I guess the anonymous author of this piece along with conservative just don't mind eating chemicals with their food. Not to mention missing the following findings:

http://organicfarms.wsu.edu/blog/devil-in-the-details/

Stanford Organics Study A “Fraud” – Linked to Cargill & Tobacco Money

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15783

September 20, 2012 at 11:33 a.m.
conservative said...

Easy...

Still stinging? You have no problem identifying yourself as an atheist, why are you so upset just because I showed you that you are a heathen and an antichrist s well?

September 20, 2012 at 11:34 a.m.
danathefly said...

Very helpful stuff, folks...not.

September 20, 2012 at 11:41 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Conservative,

Still stinging? You have no problem identifying yourself as an Bible Thumper, why are you so upset just because I showed you that you are a charlatan, ignorant, and delusional?

:-)

Your psychosis has been duly noted. I'm an atheist. I'm not a heathen or anti-christ. Sorry, sweetie. That's the breaks!

September 20, 2012 at 11:53 a.m.
conservative said...

easy...

Now, a heathen is someone who does not know God. You as an atheist not only deny God in your life but even go so far to deny his existence as well! It is impossible to know God when you deny that God exists!

I explained this to you yesterday.

September 20, 2012 at 12:21 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Conservative,

It is impossible to know someone or something that doesn't exist. Therefore, the word 'heathen' is meaningless. It's Biblical jargon.

As an atheist, I suspend belief about all gods and reject the claim of any god based on severe lack of evidence.

Do you believe in unicorns, talking horses, fairies? I doubt it. Why? :-)

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW SOMEONE OR SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T EXIST. For something to exist, you have to prove that it exists. That has yet to happen and it never will happen.

:-)

Keep trying, you delusional, psychotic, ignorant, deceitful, irrational, murderer worshipping, self-righteous, immoral, illogical bigot.

I explained this to you yesterday and today.

September 20, 2012 at 2:16 p.m.
conservative said...

Now to Scripture : "The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: He maketh the devices of the people of none effect." Psalm 33:10

See, the word of God uses the word "heathen." In fact the word of God uses the word "heathen" about 150 times in the King James!

Note what the LORD brings to nought - the counsel of the heathen. Now substitute any name for the word "heathen." You as an atheist do not know God so your name easy, could be substituted and the verse would read "The LORD bringeth the counsel of easy to nought....

"Heathen" is a Biblical term for all of those who do not know God, not just you.

Plain and simple logic, just what you ordered.

September 20, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Conny, that thin veil of desperate pseudo-confidence looks good on you.

The way you tell people about how you just walloped them... when you didn't... Your tone is just soooo impressive to us simpletons ;)

Is that how church works? You just assert things that aren't true until everyone believes them? How else you gonna make that tip jar.. I mean... tithe plate money. Right?

Oh, and I almost forgot: BEWARE THE SKY-DADDY!..

September 20, 2012 at 3:32 p.m.
mtngrl said...

So conservative, you love the Lord but don't see any problem with poisoning the Earth he created and the sustenance he supplies for us to eat?

September 20, 2012 at 3:34 p.m.
Leaf said...

So why would organic food be any sort of a political issue? It's not like anyone is forcing people to buy organic food. If you choose to buy it and you don't mind spending a little extra for fewer hormones and chemicals, why would anyone care about that?

As for causing starvation, that's ridiculous. Are you assuming that every square inch of land in the world is a farm? Are we really so close to max production that if an acre of land is 20% less productive that means three people starve this week? No. Of course not. That argument is patently false and you know it.

So, are you a shill for the agricultural chemical lobby or something? Because obviously you have an agenda and you aren't above lying to further it.

September 20, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Conservative,

It is impossible to know someone or something that doesn't exist. Therefore, the word 'heathen' is meaningless. It's Biblical jargon.

As an atheist, I suspend belief about all gods and reject the claim of any god based on severe lack of evidence.

Do you believe in unicorns, talking horses, fairies? I doubt it. Why? :-)

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW SOMEONE OR SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T EXIST. For something to exist, you have to prove that it exists. That has yet to happen and it never will happen.

:-)

Keep trying, you delusional, psychotic, ignorant, deceitful, irrational, murderer worshipping, self-righteous, immoral, illogical bigot.

I explained this to you yesterday and today.

Just what you ordered.

September 20, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.
Leaf said...

Lay off the faithful, Easy. Logic has no place in religion. As a supernatural structure of belief it doesn't have to adhere to natural laws. Whether you structure your belief system around an unprovable god figure, around an unprovable belief in reincarnation, or around an unprovable belief in the inherent goodness and meaningfulness of life, the end result is the same: a moral framework upon which we can build the rules that guide and fulfill us during our short lives.

Good people, whether they be Christian, Muslim, atheist, Buddhist of none of the above behave in very similar ways and can all be called moral. Bad people, whether they call themselves Christian, Muslim, atheist, Buddhist or none of the above behave in ways that can be called immoral. (People can be good and bad at different times, but let's not get into that.)

It's not what you claim as a belief system that matters, it's how you act. Insiting that everyone share your belief system - whatever it is - is perhaps immoral, and certainly impolite. Discriminating against those of dissimilar beliefs is also illegal. So I have a problem with Christians who pester others to be just like them or face discrimination, and I have a problem with atheists who belittle the faithful for their beliefs.

By the way, Conservative, quoting Bible verses to people who don't already share your belief system is not going to change their minds.

September 20, 2012 at 4:35 p.m.
conservative said...

easy....

Although you readily admit to being an atheist you seem troubled at finding out that you are a heathen and an antichrist as well. This can work to your good. You are now reading at least some Scripture and I am thankful for that.

A seminary professor once told me that in order to get a man saved you must first get him lost. In other words a man must realize that he is lost in his sins, destined for hell, before he will accept Jesus Christ as Lord of his life and that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for his sins on the Cross.

Before God saved me I was a heathen as well as you, I did not know God. This verse clearly states the heathen condition of everyone before receiving the gospel - " And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed" Galations 3:8.

September 20, 2012 at 6:21 p.m.
librul said...

Nah - Conservathug, you don't know god any more than you know your arse from a hole in the ground. You simply decided thinking was too hard and you would just go ahead and drink the christianist Kool Aid. Scripture is no more truth than Kool Aid is fruit juice.

September 20, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.
jesse said...

Conservative is so out of touch he couldn't find a bicycle if it was parked between the cheeks of his arse!

September 22, 2012 at 12:46 p.m.
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