Organic Food. It’s more expensive but is it better for you?
When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong. –Richard Dawkins, biologist and author (b. 1941)
FoxNews titles their report on-line with the provocative title “Study finds organic food is no better on vitamins, nutrition” Google it. I swear I don’t make this stuff up. You can read the whole article if you like. What is interesting, is their inadvertent praise for the opposite. Starting off in paragraph two you read that the main differences involve between food and organic food are “pesticides and antibiotics.” Wow.
You might stumble right past that because the modifier is “only.” Yes, there ARE “only” a few differences. But what about them? If I soaked an apple in pesticide would that make a difference to you? What if you were going to feed it to a two year old? I don’t eat organic one hundred per cent of the time either, but if I had a young child I would be more protective of them than myself. When my son was small we had an extensive garden. I grew my own baby food for him. Raised sans antibiotic-laden meat and pesticide-dusted produce, Kai seems to have come out fine.
The article goes on to correctly state that there are some foods where the “organic” label is more important than others. Peaches are specifically mentioned. I would add apples and strawberries. If you are eating an apple that is not labeled organic you should be aware that the insecticide / pesticide sprays penetrate below the peel. Washing it, even peeling it won’t rid you of the residue. You’d have to cut the outer parts off.
The FoxNews article is quite inadvertently pro-organic. While the tone of the article is decidedly anti-organic, their article is peppered liberally with all kinds of information that would make you go “yuck”. For example, the antibiotic fiasco created a shorter lifespan of meat producing animals. (Get them to market sooner!) Even if this cattle feed is not what is making America fat, it is undeniably making Americans more vulnerable to dangerous bacteria, such as e-coli. Every time we make a move against the bugs they make a move against us. When food cattle and food fowl are force fed antibiotics and consumers then ingest the antibiotic raised meat – everyone is exposed.
Anti-bacterial soaps etc? They may not have incredibly potent levels of bactericide. They have levels which expose bugs consistently enough to low levels of toxin that the microbes became more hardy, more resistant. We upped the ante, not them. If you really want to boost your immune system, go the other way: in lieu of attempting to be sterile all the time – introduce a little dirt into your life. Get low levels of sick, via things like a flu shot, so that your body produces the immunities it needs to fight off disease. Anyone who has ever had a prescription for antibiotics has received the advice to “finish the whole course, even if you are feeling better.” This is because if you don’t extinguish in totality the offending infection, you make the bug stronger.
Make yourself stronger, not bugs.
Peace Through Strength!