The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture

Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good.

Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act, while most “natural” ones are permitted. However, “organic” pesticides can be toxic. As evolutionary biologist Christie Wilcox explained in a 2012 Scientific American article (“Are lower pesticide residues a good reason to buy organic? Probably not.”): “Organic pesticides pose the same health risks as non-organic ones.”


I almost by accident purchased organic celery recently. Celery has next to 0 nutritional value, other than the toxic chemicals it has absorbed so natch I ditched the organic crap for the real thing.

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    The best organic food a could consume is if I grow that with my own eyes.

    • A good plan.

      • David Murrell

        My idea of organic foods is to by the cheapest veggies and fruit in the big grocery store, and run the food through hot water before eating.

        • Me too;)

        • Surele Surele

          Water does wanders, doesn’t it.

        • Clausewitz

          Especially mushrooms.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      That is why I have a garden and people need to also prepare foods from scratch. That way you don’t have food with preservatives. People seem to not understand this. Organic means all natural and free from pesticides and free from preservatives.

      • Surele Surele

        I haven’t got a garden. But according to the article, plants create their own toxins in self defense.

        • Clausewitz

          Yeah, eat enough raw potatoes and get back to me on that.

      • Exile1981

        Most of the organic foods sold in stores where exposed to fertilizers and pesticides that just happen to be on the “allowed” list. Unless you grow it yourself there is no way to be sure it’s free of those sorts of things – so store bought organic is actually just a waste of $$.

        • ellake

          I don’t buy “organic” food in stores, you rightly said that it is a waste of money, but during summer I often buy food at farmer’s market because the food is fresh, (at least) fresher then in stores..

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I make my own pesticides out of naturally occurring mutinagenics.

      • Exile1981

        Agent orange?

    • Clausewitz

      The organic label is nothing more than a marketing scheme for charging higher prices. I too prefer food I grow on my own out at my in-laws home in the country. Well that, and the fact that all food is “organic”, it comes down to whether it’s processed or not.

      • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

        Yeah you are right , finally one of your comments that make sense.

  • simus1

    City bred organic food nuts are simply insecure boobs with more money than sense who grab onto any fad that they think elevates their fine selves above the common herd. If they were really into the “natural life”, suppliers of half rotted wildebeest meat flown in from Africa would be making piles of money.

    • Is there a franchise opportunity?

    • Surele Surele

      Did you notice that ‘organic’ and un-GMO health nuts always look down their noses at us, unwashed masses? And they are usually the ones with the most health (physical and mental) problems. And always tired, and complaining…

      • The Butterfly

        They look like wraiths. I, on the other hand, am a beautiful butterfly.

  • Justin St.Denis

    I saw “organic honey” on the shelves at the grocery store. Pray tell, what honey ISN’T organic? I have yet to see honey made by robotic bees. I know a naturopath who laughed so hard when I told him about this. Some people will buy into anything…

    • Frances

      I’m still trying to find inorganic carrots and apples.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Look for the carbon free area of your produce isle.

    • Exile1981

      I know a guy with bee hives, he says that labeling honey as organic just means you let the bees free range and collect nectar rather than putting a bowl of sugar water right outside the hive door… which some growers do.

    • Clausewitz

      It’s probably not pasteurized. Happy vomiting.

  • Linda1000

    I’ve always said that in order to stay healthy one has to eat a little poison. It’s worked for me so far. I go by look, feel and taste if possible when buying produce and the organic stuff never looks very healthy or fresh in the stores.
    With all the e-coli and Samonella contamination on produce these days, potassium permanganate is a natural purple crystal disinfectant or antiseptic often used for water treatment. So, if you want to sterilize your produce add it to a very clean container of water then rinse under the tap since we have good drinking water in Canada. Even if you don’t rinse off the potasium permanganate, it is still safe to eat the produce. No, it doesn’t discolor the produce or make it turn purple.

  • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

    All plants are chemical factories. That is what a plant IS. Some of the chemicals may be good for us, some bad. Most human-produced chemicals are in fact replications of what plants do anyway. Please help me. I don’t understand the whole foods stuff.

    Except this: If a food doesn’t seem to be working for YOU don’t eat it. Denyse O’Leary, Ottawa

  • terrence
  • jayme

    There is a soft drink I like called Zevia no calories/sugar now the extreme left asked the company to make the drinks clear meaning grape would be water looking etc so they have this is part of the anti gmo agenda.

  • Exile1981

    A neighbor told me they were spending $1800 a month in organic foods. They where paying $3 a carrot. I sent them home with 5 pounds of carrots from my yard that cost me less than a dollar in seed and I didn’t use any pesticides. Though I did use worm castings.
    organic is a scam.

    • El Martyachi

      I’m in the wrong business.

  • terrence

    Several years ago a lot of organic celery was found to be contaminated – if you ate much of it you would get sick, but not die (it really messed up your stomach). The producers pulled it off the market after a lot of media inspired outrage.

    They then shipped it all to the lower mainland in British Columbia – they sold it all!

  • terrence

    Here is another article about organics and they often contain

    Does organic food contain prohibited substances? USDA says many do.

    By admin

    While organic crops supposedly aren’t treated with synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, a recentreport suggests that isn’t always true. The author cites a 2012 USDA study that found while few of the nearly 600 sample studied for synthetic pesticides had levels that exceeded the EPA/USDA safety levels, many had such ‘contamination’ below those levels. When they were added up, over 40 percent of the samples had at least traces of synthetic pesticides. While this means nothing for health or safety, it does mean that those touting the supposed ‘purity’ of organic foods are leading their followers astray. How does this happen? Is it fraudulent practices by farmers, or is it drift from nearby non-organic fields?

    While neither of these possibilities can be completely ruled out, a former USDA organic farm inspector, Mischa Popoff, says neither of these is likely to account for all the contamination seen. Instead, he points to inspectors’ lack of ability to test crops in the field, which they can’t do now. He points out that without such testing while planting and growing are in process, an inspector can’t say whether the farmer is cheating or if prohibited substances are simply drifting from conventionally-grown fields in the vicinity.

    Further, apparently the USDA doesn’t actually require much testing for organic certification — at any point in the production process. Rules promulgated in 2013 require that organic certifiers test samples from at least 5 percent of the operations they oversee — that doesn’t really translate into much oversight.

    “This whole matter is nothing more than a tempest in a teapot,” says ACSH Senior Nutrition Fellow Dr. Ruth Kava. “Our position has always been that organic foods are no better than conventionally-produced ones in terms of either safety or health. Thus the finding of this so-called contamination by traces of synthetic chemicals will not affect either one. The only issue here is whether or not supposedly organic foods are being fraudulently marketed as such — and that’s a legal, not a scientific issue.”

  • Maggat

    Common sense had to come into play with this ‘organic’ nonsense sooner or later.

    I refuse to buy any ‘organic produce if there is any way around it. To bad I’ll lose my reputation as a cranky old man, but I’ll have once again, have the satisfaction of being able to say, TOLD YA SO.