The myth of the organic

In a previous post I stated:

“There’s a ton of misinformation about organic food out there,” and recommended some books to read.

It’s really become sort of a pet peeve for me (and not just because my wife insists on shopping at Whole Foods Paycheck when we’re in New Orleans). The whole organic thing is really just a triumph of marketing, sad to say.

It seems like we may be gaining some traction on disabusing people of their fallacious (and potentially harmful) organic views.

The Independent has a great article entitled, “The great organic myths: Why organic foods are an indulgence the world can’t afford.”

Here’s their synopsis:

They’re not healthier or better for the environment – and they’re packed with pesticides. In an age of climate change and shortages, these foods are an indugence the world can’t afford, argues environmental expert Rob Johnston

Here are the myths:

Myth one: Organic farming is good for the environment

Myth two: Organic farming is more sustainable

Myth three: Organic farming doesn’t use pesticides

Myth four: Pesticide levels in conventional food are dangerous

Myth five: Organic food is healthier

Myth six: Organic food contains more nutrients

Myth seven: The demand for organic food is booming

This last myth is worthy of a quick moment. Below is a yearly chart for Whole Foods (WFMI). Remember: the market always knows, and is never wrong:

Now, get out there to your local farm stands/farmers markets, eat what’s in season… and please don’t ask these people if their delicious local produce is organic!

[via one of my favorite new blogs, Big Contrarian]

Tags: , , ,


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *