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Are Organic Foods Better for You?

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  • py to see organic is not mandatory and the decision is up to me. - 2/8/2014 1:56:53 PM
  • Was this video sponsored by Big Ag or pesticide companies? I don't eat as well as I should, and would call myself "a work in progress", but even I know pesticides and hormones in food are NOT good for people, animals or the planet. SHEESH!! - 2/7/2014 1:13:02 PM
  • Was this video sponsored by Big Ag or pesticide companies? I don't eat as well as I should, and would call myself "a work in progress", but even I know pesticides and hormones in food are NOT good people, animals or the planet. SHEESH!! - 2/7/2014 1:09:53 PM
  • Many of the comments her contain some common misconceptions about organic food. Myth #1 is that organic farmers do not use pesticides. That is completely untrue--USDA guidelines allow naturally-derived pesticides, and it's not possible to grow food on a large scale with no pesticides at all. (Check the USDA website.) "Natural" sounds much nicer, but actually there are plenty of toxic natural compounds (think arsenic). Myth #2 is that organic farming is necessarily better for the environment. There are organic pesticides that are quite harmful to wildlife. There are organic pesticides that have to be applied much more often than their synthetic counterparts because they can't target specific pests. Organic farmers are not allowed to take advantage of synthetic pesticides that can be designed to break down into harmless components. Some common organic pesticides contain heavy metals that will never break down. Myth #3 is that organic produce is definitely safer for our health in terms of pesticide residues. In fact, USDA testing for pesticide residues on American-grown conventional produce is very stringent, and done specifically with children in mind. Worrying about pesticides on your produce is, in many cases, the equivalent of worrying about a grain of arsenic in a large swimming pool. The tests are conducted yearly and the information is available to the public. Organic produce, on the other hand, has never been tested in the same way and has only begun to be tested on a much smaller scale in 2013. In other words, while your organic produce is probably safe, there is much less solid evidence that it's safe than there is for conventional produce. It just sounds safer and healthier.
    I'm don't want to knock all organic farming---many of its practitioners are truly well-intentioned, and there are many environmentally friendly aspects to it. But there are also organic food producers who just want your money and will do whatever it takes to be able to slap that USDA organic label on their produce, whether it's helpful to you... - 2/4/2014 6:25:24 PM
  • I agree that this is an uninformative video and should be pulled or redone. - 1/22/2014 5:30:33 PM
  • I have bought organic from time to time but my budget just cannot support everything organic. I rinse everything real well and as one who believes in giving thanks for having food I believe the Lord will bless my good choices. - 1/8/2014 7:06:05 PM
  • I know it's difficult to avoid all the things experts say endanger our health like second hand smoke, drugs, pesticides, radiation through all our techie toys and phones, but we do what we can for the health of it. So if you can, go organic, choose healthy items, stay fit, activate those brain cells. We'll appreciate our efforts as we grow older, er uh, wiser. - 11/29/2013 4:40:01 PM
  • Very uninformative video. Either it should be pulled or redone. I fully believe that organic is the way to go with fresh fruits and veggies,meat and dairy. It is very expensive though. I try to stick with the dirty dozen for organic and the clean 15 for non organic. Organic, grass/pasture fed meat is completely outrageous in price so we can't afford it. - 11/21/2013 5:55:11 PM
  • I still try to buy organic when I can. I don't like the idea of putting pesticides of any amount into my body. While this video says that studies haven't shown whether the trace amounts of pesticides are harmful to our bodies, let's be's poison meat to kill insects. I can't think they'd be good for our bodies regardless of what tests have or haven't shown. Also, until we (as a society) get a handle on the childhood illnesses, birth defects and mental illnesses plaguing us I don't really want to contribute to putting anything in my body that may make life harder for any future children I have.

    I also don't like the idea of putting unnatural hormones and antibiotics into my body, for my own sake and the sake of any children I have. Hormone-based cancer runs in our family and I don't want to contribute to my already heightened risks in any way. And I also don't want to make it harder to recover from illnesses due to an overdose of unnatural & unnecessary antibiotics.

    I could be being too cautious, but there's nothing wrong with eating things that are truly natural if you can get them. - 11/16/2013 2:12:48 PM
  • I try to eat well and many organic foods are so expensive that there is no way you could afford to eat many of the organic foods. I do eat some organically grown foods, as I have limited area to plant. - 10/29/2013 7:48:25 AM
  • Thank you to everyone who left comments, the video did not help me. - 10/28/2013 10:42:52 AM
  • Irresponsible to post this. To say that "pesticides in produce have not been proven to harm humans" is to discount vast amounts of research that has been done and is being done on this subject - much of which indicates that pesticide residue does in fact harm humans and other consumers. To say that paying more for organic products may be good for the environment but may not buy us healthier food is to ignore the connection between a healthy environment and our own good health. This video is simplistic and misleading. - 10/11/2013 11:39:05 PM
  • Goodness, after watching this video I don't feel more informed at all. I was so glad to look into the comments and see how many people weren't persuaded by his statements "pesticide use isn't bad for you?" please... Who funds this? Monsanto maybe? - 9/1/2013 11:19:35 AM
  • Not sure with so much stuff going on. - 8/11/2013 4:22:27 PM
  • Based on the comments, this video was introduced (on Spark) in Aug 2012 and may be getting a little dated. However I very much enjoyed the message: the jury is out on the question of whether foods that meet the USDA technical definition of "organic," actually contribute to improved human health outcomes. This is no surprise as such a claim is very difficult to measure. Persuasive studies take years to complete because health improvements may be subtle, and people who are inclined to use organic foods may also be inclined toward other activities they think might improve health like better nutrition balance, regular exercise, appropriate weight control, and so on. Any of these could contribute to improved health outcomes in addition to, or instead of, organic food choices. In the meantime, organic foods are very unlikely to be harmful, so no health reason to avoid them. A balanced and valuable presentation. - 7/7/2013 8:48:20 AM