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Are Organic Foods Better for You?

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  • I didn't have an Uncle Ben's ad. I haven't bought into the organic or nothing way of life yet. I can't afford it. What is better an inorganic apple or not eating the apple at all? - 10/19/2014 6:48:34 AM
  • I don't have an Uncle Ben commercial before but one for Delta hotels....I really don't think it applies to the video!!!! - 8/22/2014 5:16:41 PM
  • This "unbiased" video brought to you by Uncle Ben's Rice (am I the only one who saw that ad at the beginning?).

    It's ridiculous that whoever this guy is uses "there's debate amongst scientists" as a reason to go ahead and eat conventional foods. Remember, there was debate amongst scientists for a long time about whether smoking caused cancer or not. Isn't it better to wait until the research is in, before you eat GMO and pesticide covered foods?

    Organic is better for our environment and it's better for the families of farming communities, who have to deal with having pesticides sprayed over their towns. A recent study showed the effects that pesticide sprays in farming communities have on school aged children (Spoiler: the effects aren't good in any way).

    The next time they make an "unbiased" video like this, perhaps they should leave off the Uncle Ben's ad, and actually make an unbiased video. - 7/3/2014 8:59:35 PM
  • This info was very enlightening! - 6/30/2014 9:09:13 AM
  • It is just a a way for big companies to make more money. Wash your food in either a bleach wash or hydrogen peroxide wash and save yourself some money. I got new for everyone they grow these food right next to the NOT organic stuff, do you honesty think there is no run off into the Organic side? - 6/26/2014 6:46:06 AM
  • I think a fool I born every day... because pesticides can be neutralized just by washing your fruits and veggies with a tablespoon of bleach in a gallon o f water, wash your fruit or veggies in that and been fooled if you believe organic is healthy for you....because someone who has Ecoli on their hands just touched your be safe...wash your foods or grow your own if you want to know your food is safe! People are fooled everyday when your not educated! - 5/22/2014 9:02:25 AM
  • I find it quite interesting that this video didn't even mention the fact that by USDA guidelines that USDA ORGANIC labeled foods cannot contain GMOs. Another reason why people are buying organic besides being worried about the levels of pesticides and antibiotics and hormones in their food. Is it healthier than conventional? I don't know but I really don't feel like being turned into a science experiment without my knowledge by a multi-billion dollar corporation who is also responsible for Agent Orange. But then again, that's just me. - 5/21/2014 12:03:27 PM
  • Appreciated the good info contained here - 5/19/2014 1:01:55 AM
  • Video would not run. - 5/11/2014 8:35:40 PM
  • Thank you for this video and the discussion it sparked. - 5/8/2014 10:00:33 AM
  • I really liked this article. I actually heard and learned a lot of this stuff when I took classes through our local Master Gardeners series. The simple fact is that the organic label can be misleading so if you want to be sure that your food is pure, there is only one way to be sure. Grow your own food, make your own compost and use your own natural pest-control agents. It is good exercise, and you can be sure of what you are putting into your body. - 5/6/2014 5:43:34 AM
  • 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