Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hippies, Stop Throwing Out Your Money...

I love nature just as much as the next hippie.. I hate walmart and big business in general(though, poverty stuck, it's difficult to shop elsewhere and eat healthy- though, thank you ALDI, it's getting easier).

The organic myth would paint you this beautiful watercolor piece with recycled canvas of small business family farms and toxin free farming.. a noticable difference in taste, more than comparable nutrition and just an over all image of perfection... for a price.

Well, being the avid watcher, I seen Penn and Teller's Thursday episode about this topic and sadly, I and many hippies have been deceived. As I've mentioned, I never take anyone's word for anything.. I have to do my own research before I relay the message.

So I did.

They were right. Organic advocates will all tell you the same thing, there's more nutritional value in organic foods, they taste better and they have natural pesticides.

The only truth in that statement is that about the pesticides. Unfortunately, just because a pesticide is natural doesn't mean it's safer. Synthetic pesticides have had enough time for trial and error to test what's best for human consumption.. natural pesticides tend to be more toxic as there are really only so many options.

On this weeks episode of Penn & Teller, not only did 71% of people tested fail the taste test, but they also PREFERRED the non-organic!

They also did a hilarious test where they divided the same banana on two plates and named one organic and one non... people SAID the organic tasted better... creamier, softer, sweeter.. but they were both the same banana... psychosomatic? Most likely.

Also, so far, globally, there have been no proven studies to support the idea that organic foods are more nutritional, this comes straight from the FDA.

I found a lot of sources to support my findings. The best article and the one I'd like to share with you is from Business Week, the best part talks about Stonyfeild Farms and how they import powdered organic cows' milk from New Zealand!

So check it out. And if you get a chance, check out the episode of Bullshit! concerning organics.

The moral of the story?

DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ... look it up. Compare and contrast and pick reliable sources.
These times are not for spending lavishly as per misinformation.
Arm yourself with knowledge. It's pretty powerful.

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