It Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means… Again.

Well, I finally did it. My first time ever. About ten minutes before I wrote this, I had my first ever “organic” banana. With all that’s going on in the world today, you’d think we could get around to dropping the completely made up and superfluous terminology.

The word “organic” has been used for years to describe food in a way that doesn’t mean what you think it means. I’m sure this is the kind of thing that will shock some people, but ALL food is organic. Organic means it is, or I suppose I should say, was alive at one point. Everything from bananas to beef (which was most likely a cow at some point) to bread (which was likely wheat at one point) is organic. If it isn’t organic, then it isn’t food. Have you ever tried to eat plastic? Rock? Metal? Those things are called inorganic, or NOT organic. They’re not food and they don’t taste good.

Organic in this terminology is meant to convey the idea that the food you are about to eat was not “tampered” with. Tampering can mean several things. Most of the time, it means that there were no insecticides used on the crops or antibiotics used in the meat or, and this is the newest one, no genetically modified parts. But is that really such a bad thing?

Insecticides on crops have been happening since they’ve been invented. That’s what they’re for, mostly. Making sure that the insects don’t eat the crops before they can be harvested and sold to humans. I say “to humans.” It’s not like a giraffe is going to wander into a store with a credit card. The EPA, among other agencies, are supposed to be keeping an eye on which insecticides are safe for human consumption. Or, at least, they were before they were disbanded by the orange man in the white house.

Antibiotics are used to keep animals, including humans, healthy. I have to admit, I am at a loss as to who would possibly want to eat an animal that was sick at its time of death. Be honest. Would you want to eat an animal that had meningitis? Or strep throat? How about whooping cough? Honestly, I’m not sure what illnesses can be transferred by eating animals, but those can be cured by antibiotics. I, for one, would love to make sure that those were not in the food I was eating. I don’t want them.

Finally, we have genetically modified foods. This is a reasonably new thing that science has brought us. Food that is less likely to have disease and is resistant to insects naturally. Foods have not been modified to purposefully give anyone autism or any type of disease. They simply haven’t.

So what is the purpose in selling inferior products, which is really what they are, using the name “organic” on it? Money. Pure and simple. There is no reason to think that just because it says “organic” that it’s better. Organic, in these terms, means, pure and simple, that it is more likely to be bug laden or carry a disease. Of all the things to pay extra for, is something that might kill you really worth it? By the way, that banana I just finished was purchased because that’s all the store had, and it wasn’t as tasty as the non-organic ones I usually get. Just so you know.


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