I saw this in The Stir - Do you think it's a scam?
Organic food is a scam. An overpriced lie. A label that symbolizes nothing more than false and/or empty promises. At least according to some crazy reports probably funded by conventional, processed food companies. So no wonder people are confused. They must be. That's the only reason why, in a 2013, post-Food, Inc. world, a new Harris Poll could have found that 59 percent of 2,276 adults surveyed believe the "organic label is just a business strategy." They think food companies slap it on products as a gimmick to charge them more.
And men were more skeptical than women, with 63 percent of 'em agreeing with the above vs. 54 percent of women. All in all, the poll showed only 3 out of 10 people are willing to pay more for "green" products. What a shame they don't understand that means they'll end up having to pay more in the long run!
Whether it comes to how the food we're eating is affecting the world we live in -- which, by the way, seems to concern people, as the poll also found 38 percent of people are worried about the state of the environment -- or affecting our overall health and well-being, there's a STRONG case for avoiding the toxins in conventional foods by purchasing organics.
To be fair, I can understand why people are confused, because the word "organic" has become outrageously over- and misused. There are companies that "greenwash," or deceptively promote their product as purer than it really is. But for the most part, any legit product sold in a grocery store must follow certain USDA guidelines for labeling. Meaning the food must be 100 percent certified organic to claim their product is organic. You can also tell the difference between BS claims and the real deal by looking for the USDA organic seal on the packaging.
The fact of the matter is that legit, certified organic food IS different from conventional food. It cannot be certified unless it passes muster. And if you're concerned in the least that your food be devoid of certain pollutants, processed chemical garbage, pesticides, etc., because you understand that those ingredients could negatively affect your health, then it pays to buy organic. And there are ways to save, like only buying the dirty dozen's organic counterparts or clipping coupons.
In the end, this is just one, not even all that huge poll, so it's hard to say if it really reflects how we all feel about organics as a country. The good news is that its popularity has grown and continues to, so there must be plenty of people like me who believe it's in our best interest to read, understand, and buy our food based on certain labels instead of assuming they're a marketing scheme.
How do you feel about organic labeling?