So, Is Organic a Scam?
Mark’s Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: The
Problems With Modern Wheat
Over the past
several weeks, I’ve laid out a considerable amount of evidence
showing that there indeed are substantive differences between organic
produce and conventional produce. Organic
is often more nutritious, with a greater concentration of phytonutrients
(contrary to what the popular media has been saying). Conventional
produce shows up in your kitchen with far more pesticide residues,
and these residues appear to be especially
harmful to youngsters, babies, and fetuses (feti?). Antibiotic
resistance, which is on the rise, is partially attributable to the
widespread usage of antibiotics in conventional agriculture; organic
agriculture forbids their usage. Many studies have also shown organic
farming to be better
for the environment, the local ecosystem, the renewability of
the farm, and the health of its workers. Organic food is usually
more expensive, but the research tends to suggest that you’re
getting something extra out of it.
all well and good, but should you buy organic? This is
the real question that needs answering.
think there’s a single answer. It’s contextual (as it
always is). So let’s look at a few different contexts.
probably spring for organic?
who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Fetuses
are particularly susceptible to the effects of pesticides and reliant
upon the nutrients from high-quality plants.
who are going to be feeding small kids. Humans develop
slowly, especially when compared to other animals, and the first
five years are especially crucial to the health and long term development
who eat a lot of a particular type of produce. If you’re
chips by the pound on a daily basis, get the organic kale.
Spread the potential damage around.
who eat from “The Dirty Dozen.” Check out the
of the twelve most pesticide-ridden examples of produce of 2012
(plus the 15 cleanest counterparts that don’t necessarily
need to be organic). I have to say, though – doesn’t
it seem like they’re shortchanging us for a cutesy rhyme?
I find it hard to believe that there are only 12 “dirty”
and 15 “clean.” What about number 13? Number 16? At
any rate, the lists are helpful tools.
who have the money. Organic can be more expensive than
conventional. You don’t want to be the guy eating organic
golden beets down by the river, but if you can afford organic food,
I’d suggest doing so.
may not involve your immediate personal health, but they’re
also good reasons for going organic:
support the health of agricultural workers. It can be easy
to forget about them, but they’re people who deserve the ability
to make a living without constant exposure to dangerous chemicals.
support improved sequestration of carbon into the soil.
If we’re all about paying homage to our Primal
roots, we should acknowledge that the earth used to sequester
a whole lot more carbon into its soil before we began altering its
surface through agriculture. Its Primal roots are lots and lots
of carbon sequestered in its soil!
support the maintenance of healthy soil and biodiversity.
Healthy soil means healthier, more nutritious plants. A biodiverse
farm uses fewer pesticides and requires less labor to repel invaders.
prevent the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. I’ve
explained how antibiotic
resistance impacts our health before.
it comes down to it…
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