Organic Food Is a Scam -- Do You Buy It?

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organic fruitOrganic food is a scam. An overpriced lie. A label that symbolizes nothing more than false and/or empty promises. At least according to some crazy reports probably funded by conventional, processed food companies. So no wonder people are confused. They must be. That's the only reason why, in a 2013, post-Food, Inc. world, a new Harris Poll could have found that 59 percent of 2,276 adults surveyed believe the "organic label is just a business strategy." They think food companies slap it on products as a gimmick to charge them more.

And men were more skeptical than women, with 63 percent of 'em agreeing with the above vs. 54 percent of women. All in all, the poll showed only 3 out of 10 people are willing to pay more for "green" products. What a shame they don't understand that means they'll end up having to pay more in the long run!

Whether it comes to how the food we're eating is affecting the world we live in -- which, by the way, seems to concern people, as the poll also found 38 percent of people are worried about the state of the environment -- or affecting our overall health and well-being, there's a STRONG case for avoiding the toxins in conventional foods by purchasing organics. 

To be fair, I can understand why people are confused, because the word "organic" has become outrageously over- and misused. There are companies that "greenwash," or deceptively promote their product as purer than it really is. But for the most part, any legit product sold in a grocery store must follow certain USDA guidelines for labeling. Meaning the food must be 100 percent certified organic to claim their product is organic. You can also tell the difference between BS claims and the real deal by looking for the USDA organic seal on the packaging.

The fact of the matter is that legit, certified organic food IS different from conventional food. It cannot be certified unless it passes muster. And if you're concerned in the least that your food be devoid of certain pollutants, processed chemical garbage, pesticides, etc., because you understand that those ingredients could negatively affect your health, then it pays to buy organic. And there are ways to save, like only buying the dirty dozen's organic counterparts or clipping coupons.

In the end, this is just one, not even all that huge poll, so it's hard to say if it really reflects how we all feel about organics as a country. The good news is that its popularity has grown and continues to, so there must be plenty of people like me who believe it's in our best interest to read, understand, and buy our food based on certain labels instead of assuming they're a marketing scheme.

How do you feel about organic labeling?

 

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Shandi80 Shandi80

I'm guessing the research was sponsored by Monsanto.

tuffy... tuffymama

^ditto.

We only buy, grow, and eat organic produce.

Shandi80 Shandi80

I live in an apartment and this year, I'd love to master the art of balcony gardening. Last year was a big fail. Poor plants.

Caera Caera

It's a scam.

nonmember avatar irene

i work for an organic certification agency and i can tell you with certainty that organic food is worth it. the reason it costs more is because the labor is higher (instead of spraying weeds once and killing everything except the corn/soybeans), organic farmers are supplementing the soil several times a year with organic matter, plowing weeds, and in general being very pro-active in management of their crops, soil, and water quality. I can also assure you that the materials used in organic processes and farming are very well vetted by independent agencies, and the National Organic Standards Board (look it up at ams.usda.gov/nop). I would say in general, many, many of the people involved in producing organic food (whether it is a farmer or processor) are very dedicated to the process and want to have a third party come to look at their systems to ensure they are following the rules.

lulou lulou

There was a recent interesting article on the changes in Stonyfield - I forget where - since it was bought out by one of the big ones and the gradual upping of their sugar content.   Id been getting it for years, so never read the label recently, but will be keeping better track of these things.

LadyM... LadyMinni

I love organic and, like Shandi80, I'm doing balcony gardening. (Some of the best advice I've gotten is to use bigger containers than you think you need, and fertilize with freshwater fish instead of fertilizer.) The big thing about buying organic is that unless it says USDA (or other reputable agency) Certified Organic, it may not be organic at all. Companies can just lie and say that it is, especially now that Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Law into place. Food labeling has gone all to hell.

Jennipher Lynn Halliday

The government allows #greenwashing scams through the cracks all the time! For example, the "Sustainable" Forestry Initiative certifies forest destruction and pollution as green! It's time to expose these false eco-labels by telling the FTC to improve green guidelines. Join the cause today and help protect consumers and the environment: http://ow.ly/hRo20

Yvette GiuliaPiràinu

Shandi80, Earthbox's work awesome for apartment living, you can grow a LOT of veggies in a tiny box on the patio!

nonmember avatar DJ

Due to the oversight required for organic certification, it is the second best way to ensure that it is produced without slave labor and with fair working conditions. (first best way, naturally, is buying Certified Fair Trade, where available.) So even if you think of your own body as disposable, do it for the workers.

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