It also seems like common sense to me, I mean why would you saturate the food we eat and the ground we grow it in chemicals. How exactly is that NOT supposed to be harmful? As it turns out, I'm a bit of tree hugger, and modern/conventional farming techniques are not Eco-friendly. Back in the day long before modern food science started changing the way food was grown, farmers rotated their crops to preserve the nutrients in the soil and understood and more importantly respected that role of nature--i.e. bugs, birds, etc's role in growing crops. Don't get me wrong, modern food science has done a multitude of good for our society--mass production of crops, food safety, etc, I'm just saying the pendulum has been too far to the "let's alter it to make it easier" side, and its becoming evident that its not to our benefit. Anyone female who has every been on a round of antibiotics should KNOW what kind of unpleasant side-effects they can cause, so why the hell should our beef and chicken be pumped full of that stuff, not to mention the fact that over use of antibiotics leads to drug-resistant bacteria--or did NO ONE really see that shit coming?? Cows are herbivores with four stomachs designed especially for digesting grass [I would know, I was an animal science major my freshman year] so why the hell are they being fed corn and soybeans? You have start asking yourself, what's been done to this food on my plate, and what is that doing to my body, my cells, my metabolic processes?? We are the experimental generation. When modern farming started making these changes, there was no body of research that extended 30 and 40 years back--we're the lab rats.
Its' More Expensive for a Reason
- Organic food supply is limited as compared to demand
- Production costs for organic foods are typically higher because of greater labour inputs per unit of output and because greater diversity of enterprises means economies of scale cannot be achieved
- Post-harvest handling of relatively small quantities of organic foods results in higher costs because of the mandatory segregation of organic and conventional produce, especially for processing and transportation;
- Marketing and the distribution chain for organic products is relatively inefficient and costs are higher because of relatively small volumes.
This is a hot topic, and there's a lot of stuff online, here are a few articles you can browse through to make up your mind
I'll admit some of organic trend is pure hype, like organic cookies...while on one hand they're made with organic butter and organic chocolate [which are also probably fair trade, apparently most commerical chocolate is picked my African and Brazilian children for slave labor--damn you snickers!] but at the end of the day its a cookie, full of butter
is love and sugar. I'm just sayin' cookies are one of those items you should limit your intake of, and if you're going to take the calorie plunge, you might as well get it at a better price right? I would apply this as a rule of thumb for any processed foods or fatty/sugary treats. I would never advocate doing all of your grocery shopping at Whole Foods aka Whole Check. But there are some non organic items I won't go near, mostly milk, apples, and potatoes, see more in this article. I really want to switch to organic berries because If you hadn't noticed, I like to garnish my booze (and water!) with fresh berries, but they cost twice as much as regular berries and they don't exactly have the shelf life of a bag of potatoes. I have to pick and choose my organic foods--but as my earning power grows, so will my organic food selections.
*One more thing of note* if it doesn't have the USDA organic seal on it (pictured above), IT AIN'T ORGANIC. "All Natural" and similar terms are not regulated by the USDA and therefore mean absolutely nothing. So just in case you do choose to get down with the organic get down, don't get taken for a ride...
So have I convinced you to go organic, or at least swayed you towards appreciating organic foods? Any Topic Suggestions?