It’s a wonder we’re able to get up everyday and make adult decisions with all the contradicting information out there. GMO’s are bad; GMO’s are fine; eating eggs increases your cholesterol; eating eggs is good for you; buy only organic; organic food is overrated and over priced. It’s enough to make any of us want to scream. Sadly, the “expert opinions” often contradict each other, too. One scientist says one thing and the next one says another. While we here at List25 don’t have any expert scientists on staff, we do have amazing researching capabilities. Today, Jason and Crystal sound off on whether or not you should buy organic. Welcome to this week’s Deathmatch: Should you buy organic?
No: You're on a budget
Organic food is roughly double or triple the cost of conventional food and produce. Sometimes, for things like eggs and milk, that cost could be far higher. With so many other expenses, it’s nigh impossible to justify the cost of organic unless you’re making six figures and don’t know what to do with your money. – JI
Yes: It encourages mindfulness
I know this sounds super crunchy, and yes I may be ever-so-slightly hippy, but bear with me on this one.
Do you know where your food comes from? If your answer is, “The grocery store,” or “some warehouse somewhere,” chances are you aren’t really aware of how your food gets to your table. If you hit up a local farmers market or join a CSA, you might start to get more of a feel for what efforts are put into bringing you that delicious apple or nutritious spinach.
Additionally, by going out of your way to buy organic, you’re almost forced to become more mindful about what you put into your body. – CC
No: It encourages stress
After blowing all your money on organic food that will expire in a couple of weeks, the stress will be very real. You’ll wonder, “Can I afford to buy more organic food? Can I afford to buy any other food at all this month?” Before long, when all the organic food as spoiled or been eaten, your stress levels will be through the roof. – JI
Yes: You can avoid nasty chemicals
So here are some fun facts about the FDA and farming:
- over 600 active chemicals are approved for agricultural use in the US
- with the current application, it amounts to about 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per person per year
- 90% of these chemicals have not been tested for long-term adverse effects before being called “safe”
- only 1% of food is tested for pesticide residue
“Safe” may not mean what you think it does. – CC
No: Conventional farming uses the same methods
A common, and powerful, myth about conventional farming is that it unleashes a wave of agent orange all over their produce. It’s just not true. Many conventional farms use the same tactics as organic farms, including using compost and fertilizer. In fact, when they use pesticides, they’re often non-toxic and scant. – JI