Headlines across the nation are proclaiming the long-awaited truth: “Organic Is Overrated!” Yes, folks, thanks to the hard work and ethical reporting of The Media, we finally have the scoop on the organic food movement, and we won’t let those liars fool us anymore. The studies never lie, after all.
Today at the farm the news channel WBOC came to interview my bosses about the latest agricultural scandal. (Check out the video. That’s me cleaning beans!) According to a review published by Stanford University in the Annals of Internal Medicine, organic food is no different from the GMOed sweet corn or the pesticide-covered tomatoes Monsanto puts on our grocery store shelves. And while Big Ag concocts these studies all the time in their endless war on organic foods, the hype over this one stems from the fact that this isn’t a study, rather a review of studies. So actually, no new tests were performed, no new information gathered. You might look at this as a catalog of the attempts Monsanto has made to undermine the organic movement.
During the interview, we were out in the chemical-free fields picking beans. All I had to do was pop one freshly picked, unwashed bean in my mouth to know my bosses were on the right side. But unless you’ve spent time on an organic farm, or are able to reap the benefits of a local farm stand or market, I can understand why you’d believe The Media over us. Our products are essentially look the same, but are more expensive. And yes, the nutritional values in both organic and conventional produce are the same (but that’s because they’re still the same vegetable… duh). So how are you to know the difference? Since I work for Team Organic and am therefore biased, I’m just going to give you the facts and hope that you can see the clean and clear difference.
What the Study Says:
(Read the actual study for yourself in the Annals of Internal Medicine online)
-“Two studies reported significantly lower urinary pesticide levels among children consuming organic versus conventional diets, but studies of biomarker and nutrient levels in serum, urine, breast milk, and semen in adults did not identify clinically meaningful differences.”
-“The risk for contamination with detectable pesticide residues was lower among organic than conventional produce.”
-“Bacterial contamination of retail chicken and pork was common but unrelated to farming method.”
-“Limitation: Studies were heterogeneous and limited in number, and publication bias may be present.”
-“Conclusion: The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”
What the Holistic Health Industry Says:
-“Preservatives and synthetic food agents found in foods inhibit oxygen and delay the development of fungus and mold, creating a longer shelf-life for products. But after being consumed, these toxins deprive human cells of oxygen and rob them of nutrients, thus leading to cell mutation and the perfect breeding ground for cancer.” (Natural News: The Food Industry Is Waging War on Your Cells With These 10 Toxic Ingredients)
-“We thought that the best way to measure the more subtle effects of this kind of intake was to monitor the reaction of intestinal cells. And we did this in two ways: in vitro, through human intestinal-lining cells that we had cultured in the lab; and in vivo, through the intestinal linings of live chickens. Both sets of results pointed to the same thing — that exposure to nanoparticles influences the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream.” (Gretchen Mahler, assistant professor of bioengineering at Binghamton University and lead author of the 2012 study done by Binghamton and Cornell)
-“Scientists refer to this contamination as a person’s body burden. Of the 167 chemicals found, 76 cause cancer in humans or animals, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development. The dangers of exposure to these chemicals in combination has never been studied.” (The Environmental Working Group’s new project: Body Burden)
What the Farmer Says
-As Ted says in the video, the nutritional value of fresh produce comes from the soil, and without healthy soil, the veggies will have lower vitamin and mineral contents. Ted tests the soil each year and add soil amendments to balance out the nutrient levels to ensure that our produce has the highest possible nutritional value. That, combined with the absence of chemicals, leads to truly healthy, nutritious food.
So though while organic and conventional apples may have the same amount of calories, vitamin C, and fiber, are they really the same? Or is this just another “wooden nickel” Big Ag is throwing you to bring you over to the dark side?