Oh yeah, I said it. And it’s true. Hardly any of the food we eat is organic. Here are the top 5 reasons why:
#5- Organic does not mean “small family farm,” though big agriculture tends to want us to think that. Many organics are what can be considered industrial agriculture, grown in monoculture, and take quite a bit of fossil fuels to grow.
#4- Organic does not mean “whole food” or even “fresh food.” Many organics are highly processed, including organic cookies, chips, sodas, frozen dinners and mixes. It’s still convenience food, which is fine in a pinch, but also higher calories and in more packaging.
#3 Organics are regulated by the USDA. And I should trust the good folks at the USDA because? But seriously, the organic label is a pain in the neck to acquire, so many farms use organic practices without getting the label, and others do the bare minimum with a goal of getting more money, not helping out the environment.
#2 Organic does not mean “local” or “seasonal.” Many organics are packaged in plastic and shipped long distances. New Zealand organic apples, anyone? Fossil fuel usage, in addition to taking your dollars out of the local economy.
#1 Organic food can be elitist. While healthy, whole food should be a basic human right, it’s simply not the case with organics. Few people in this economy are willing or able to pay extra for organics when they can get essentially the same food for less money.
In my next post, I’ll talk about what I think really represents sustainable food.