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Anti-Organics: The Propaganda Is On

Anti-Organics: The Propaganda Is On

You’ve all heard it by now: organic foods, including meat (read “antibiotic- and hormone-free”), offer no substantial health benefits over conventional foods. These dubious findings were served to us first by the New York Times, with the compliments of a research team at Stanford University.

Naturally, the Gray Lady was flooded by letters to the editor to refute the absurd statement. What of the hundreds of research papers showing just the opposite? The countless personal accounts of healing through organic foods? What about the narrow focus on the consumer’s individual health, anyway, when the demonstrated benefits of organics obviously include farmers, soil, water, wildlife?

If you’re like me, your first reaction was most likely to wonder who was behind this work of blatant propaganda (you’ll appreciate the language in this op-ed by columnist Roger Cohen: “The Organic Fable: A study exposes the hype behind a pseudoscientific ideology. The future is nonorganic.” He goes on to denounce the “affluent narcissism” of the upper middle class.)

Well, wonder no more. Ingram Olkin is a name you’ll find discreetly tucked at the very end of the list of researchers involved in the study (scroll to the very end of this Stanford article). As it turns out, this is the very same gentleman whose statistical model was used by Big Tobacco in the 1970s to demonstrate that smoking could not be convincingly linked to any health issue. Ingram Olkin is also listed on the directory of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) whose Center for Health Policy produced the study on organic food.

You’ll find all the detail, with relevant links, in these articles by The People’s Voice and Natural News.

Oh yes, and one other thing: Stanford has been enjoying a 25-year relationship with Cargill. The US Big Ag behemoth has invested dozens of millions of dollars to fund research, teaching, and outreach at the reputable university.

Enjoy your organic foods, and savor them in the knowledge that you are doing your part to improve and nurture your health, the health of the farm workers who grew it, and the health of the corner of Earth that gave it to you.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.


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12:35AM PST on Dec 11, 2013


3:20AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Thank you :)

9:58AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thank you Laetitia, for Sharing this!

7:48PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

organic IS better. think old people who grow their own stuff. they are old... aka they have LIVED that long. healthier. less chemicals=more years to live! Now lets make organic cheaper!

4:48AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

I think they'll find the health benifit is cutting poisonus pesticides out of our diets! So many people I know are dieing of Cancer, you start to wonder if this is the real cause :-(

8:06PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

In a nation where there is all this supposed "freedom", it is sheer b.s. that these corporate mongruls conspire to block information, as to whether the they have tampered with food. It is bad enough, corporations have destroyed real choice in this nation and the political hoods that take their bribes have allowed them to get away with it this far but even more appalling is the people of this nation that have ignored this situation since 1986.
Label and let each person chose if they want to ingest GMO or not. The insanity caused by greed gets dam^ed old. It is long past time to put an end to the crap doled out by corporate entities and the political puppets and allow US the choice of what we take in for nutrition and no one else!

2:22AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012


8:17PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Some people will do anything for money.

6:06PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

It is so unfortunate that this information will not likely get the same level of press that the Stanford "research" received!

4:34PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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