Organic Food...


This was all an excerpt from the frequently asked questions section, but the frequency was a bit overbearing. So here you have it: your own organic section. And here's the question that started it all: Should I really be eating organic foods?

And to answer this question, I'll ask a question of my own: are you erroneously engineering tomorrow's natural bounty? You don't quite know how to answer that do you? Good. I don't know quite how to answer your organic question. Basically it depends mostly on your financial status. If you have tons and tons of disposable income: yes, by all means eat purely organic. It beats having endless pools of money sitting in a case while you play mini golf in your living room reeking of scotch. However, if you don't have this luxury: no. That's pretty much it. You eating organic food instead of chemically engineered, glistening in pesticide food conceivably does have some diminutive health benefits. But if all you can afford is terrible organic food because it's so damn expensive, you're far better off eating inorganic food of higher nutrient value. A) You'll be able to afford it, and B) eating well regardless of organic-status is far more important than organic-status, if that makes sense.

Let me give you an example of what B means: a cream cheese hierarchy. Out of every available form of cream cheese, nonfat organic cream cheese is going to be undeniably your healthiest choice. This should not be confusing. Your second-healthiest choice however, would sever ties from the organic realm, and be nonfat quasi-natural cream cheese. Still a great choice! And then your third-healthiest selection continues to drift from the graceful nest of organics, and is nonfat not-natural-at-all cream cheese. Fourth in line finally goes back to the organics for the low fat variety. Fifth, natural low fat. Sixth, non-natural low fat. Do you see where I'm going with this? The caloric composition is more important than the organic status, but the organic status is most certainly a moist and pleasant and bonus.

And then consider A in the realm of "quality of life." If you have a little extra money from affordable food, you can spend it on something that causes you to enjoy life. Organic food probably doesn't bring you tons of pleasure and inner happiness. But if you're doing fine financially, and are willing to spend quite a bit more on your food/health, I say go for organic. It is better for the world somewhat.

"The End." This is what I wanted to write here, thinking I was finished. But as it turns out, I wasn't. The faq frequency continued its steady incline with questions like: "how much better for you is it?" So apparently my cream cheese hierarchy was not the end-all-debate analogy I had hoped it would be.

And to answer your question without another question: not much. If you have a family history of disease that's correlated to food ingestion, i.e. cancer in your ass tubing (colon cancer), things like that (though not necessarily that exactly), eating organic might become increasingly appealing to you. But eating organic just because you're afraid to ingest inorganic things (pesticides, etc.) isn't the most rational fear. I know the environment of the stomach pretty well, and I can't see any of those substances getting through the stomach unscathed and absorbed into your system. I just really can't see that being a physiological possibility let alone probability.

Plus eating organic isn't always better for you. If the food is processed, it may still have weird things in it, like bug larvae and weird poisonous things under the name "natural flavors." Natural flavors in the ingredients list means it contains ingredients that they wouldn't want to list if they actually had to call it what it was. Sometimes extracting these ingredients naturally can make it bad for you, whereas creating it artificially (artificial flavors) could have eliminated the harmful part. So don't kid yourself into thinking organic food can't be sketchy. It's better than inorganic, and everyone probably should eat organic. But it costs a fortune for a product that might not be as wonderful as everyone thinks. Better for you, yes. Really expensive and still questionable, yes also. But if you have the money or you've got a horrific family tree, it's worth the cost. Go buy some organic plums and smile about them.


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