Posted by: jhamon | July 29, 2009

It’s Back to Inorganic Vegetables for the Masses

USDA National Organic Program official seal

It's Organic! Yeah... So What?

It has always troubled me: what should one call produce that is not organic?  “Inorganic?” 

The whole organic shtick has longed seemed to me a symptom of a self-absorbed, narcissistic culture (toe-stepping duly noted).   (I forgot to throw in Gaian and humanistic.)

So imagine my delight when Reuters posted this tasty morsel :

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

A systematic review of 162 scientific papers published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, however, found there was no significant difference.

Sales of organic food have fallen in some markets, including Britain, as recession has led consumers to cut back on purchases.

The Soil Association said in April that growth in sales of organic products in Britain slowed to just 1.7 percent in 2008, well below the average annual growth rate of 26 percent over the last decade, following a plunge in demand at the end of the year.

There’s no silliness that can’t be cured by a good recession.  When people are hungry, marginal ideologies are the first things to go.

Pass the inorganic peas, please.

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  1. They did not look at contamination and chemical residue … IMO, when it comes to choosing organic it’s not so much about what you get but what you do not get.

  2. There is no such thing as inorganic food. All animal food is organic. The meaning of the word “organic” has been bastardized by new-age morons. They took a description of the type of fertilizer (organic vs. inorganic fertilizers) and pesticides (organic vs. inorganic pesticides), and therefore “organically grown” or “organically produced” (note this is an adverb, not an adjective) and somehow in their uneducated new-age way, turned the phrase “organically grown” into an adjective “organic”.

    Anyone with a broad-based college education which included a freshman chemistry class would know better. If you didn’t have freshman chemistry, your college education, no matter how liberal the arts, is not broad-based.

  3. punctilious post. upright one detail where I quarrel with it. I am emailing you in detail.

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