Dept. of Just Not Getting It


Organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food, according to a major study published Wednesday.

Raise your hand if you eat organic food just for its health benefits. At least as far as I understand it, the numerous pesticide scares of the last several decades had a lot to do with the growth of organic foods, but, more importantly, its the environtmental benefits that we care about.

Plus, there is a much lower risk of, well, those pesticides showing up even if the end product contains the same amount of Vitamin C. Did the study address that?

Organic food’s cost to “regular” food can only be compared when you include the externalities that we all pay as a kind of tax when the production methods pollute the commons. It just doesn’t show up on the grocery bill, today.

Though organic production doesn’t guarantee sustainable production, nor does it guarantee that you’ll comport with everyone’s ethical standards, it is an important first step and shouldn’t be dismissed as a mere fad among the bourgeoisie.