Are Organic Foods Really Healthier?


Amazon’s planned acquisition of Whole Foods
highlights the explosive growth in organic food sales. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that
foods labeled organic must be grown without synthetic fertilizers, and be free from Genetically
Modified Organisms. Meats must be from animals raised without anti-biotics or growth hormones
and with access to the outdoors. Its fans say organic foods have greater nutritional
benefits and can even help fight cancer. That’s why they , sometimes spend nearly twice as
much on for an organic food product compared to a non-organic one. But are organics really healthier? And are
they really worth the money? Here’s the Situation… Concerns about the growing use of pesticides and use of antibiotics in animal feed prompted some consumers to look for so called
organic food. In 1990 Congress passed the Organic Foods
Production Act to develop national standards, and organic products became more common. Mainstream grocery chains started their own lines of
organic food, and larger food companies began acquiring smaller health food companies to
get in on the action. Now, from the big boxes to the small specialty
stores, three-quarters of U.S. grocers sell organics foods. Here’s the Argument… Proponents say that organic produce has more nutrients,
including antioxidants and vitamins, than conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.
They also suggest eating organic limits exposure to toxic chemicals that may lead to certain
cancers. But while eating organic does reduce your
exposure to pesticides, there’s not evidence that the trace amounts in food are a danger.
Scientific surveys haven’t found that organic foods are much more nutritious. And, just
because food is organic, it doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. It may be nearly as
high in sugar, sodium or other unhealthy ingredients as non-organic products. Yet more farms are going organic to feed the
appetite for pure foods. With Big supermarket chains like Kroger selling more organic products,
and Amazon’s determination to drive down prices at Whole Foods, organic foods should only
increase in popularity. Healthy or not.

68 thoughts on “Are Organic Foods Really Healthier?

  1. One of the most important aspects that was left out is the way the producers treat their livestock. The supposedly better treatment fot the animals is a reason for many people to buy organic products. This is a very vital part and it is reasonable.

  2. This is some buuuuuuullllll shit if ive ever seen it. Theres no evidence the trace amounts of pesticides in our food are dangerous… reach.

  3. Organic vs gmo……this is jist a lobbyism war between the chemical-industry producing pesticides and gmo-seed companies producing seed that needs less or just specific pesticides (provided by their company) – no matter what in the end our planet and us as humans will loose to the greed of the elites.

    A sign of the struggle would be BAYER swallowing Monsanto

  4. there are levels. big agg worst then big organic then local then small local organic the best is grown by you in your yard. regenerative agg is the future. 1/2 greenhouse gas emissions are from farming methods. wake up and take charge of your lives sheeple

  5. I think it would also be good to mention that it takes much more farmland to grow and produce organic foods and has a larger impact on our environment.

  6. Except the main argument that anti-GMO consumers don't choose to buy organic is economic (funny given Bloomberg is supposed to be full of economic insights). People don't want to give money to companies like Monsanto (a company known for shady and unethical business practices that have ruined the lives and jobs of many farmers). Furthermore, Glyphosphate (the main pesticide used in GMO plant farming) is a known carcinogen. Additionally, the argument that Bloomberg put forward here (that there may be as high in sugar, sodium, etc.) really isn't an argument worth putting forward as anyone with nutritional training would understand that if you are consuming the same content (for example, a GMO apple vs. an organic apple) there's absolutely no reason to assume that being organically farmed would produce an apple that has a totally different nutrition profile.

  7. Organic may not be healthier, but both organic food and GMO-food help reduce the synthetic pesticides that can harm the environment though runoff and killing bees. And organic livestock are treated more ethically. So I can certianly see the benefits of organic food even if they are not as clear as its biggest proponents claim.

  8. When has it been advertised that organic food has more nutrients or less sugar.??

    It is same food with same nutritional value just no insecticides.

  9. If you are starving you will eat dog shit, the difference between poor and fashion morons is unreal, feed the world with food!

  10. Bio-tech firms funded a studies that an organic coconuts oil is dangerous than the ones from canola and vegetable oil.
    It's funny because coconut is grown by family farming and not by bio-tech firms that seeds are able to be re-engineered.

  11. One should probably think it more simple and straight, organic foods are not super food. It is just grown in traditional way of farming without giving money to chemical companies. Which makes it more natural than the others.

  12. Organic foods aren't more nutritious (GMO's are much more nutritious if that is the catch). The only fact is that farmers cannot afford to lose his cattle or whatever animals he works with to some bacterial infection nor can he allow it to develop simple diseases that can make food safety authorities ban his merchandise. So, he will give medicine such as antibiotics and antivirals to the animals before it gets sick. The same goes to vegetables, that depends on pesticides to keep it free of plagues.
    While organics are free of all that, because of the more particular approach farmers took while dealing with it, the numbers aren't enough to feed the entire US population, imagine how much land and workforce it would need to feed the whole world only with organic food!

    The only way to go through this dilema is to start developing safer pesticides and even better GMO's (actually they are good enough). Have someone ever seen a corn field of natural corn? They are ridiculously small and ugly. Even the organic corn are made from genetically modified seeds!

  13. Organic foods reduces the consumption of pesticides and produce laden with chemicals that are harmful to man. If nothing else, organic farming tries to take farming back to when it was grown naturally, and we were sure of what we were eating. Before now, I have always believed anything Bloomberg says to be true. Even one of the best journalistic outfits can be bought by big bucks Monsanto. What a shame!

  14. Without pesticides being used on non-organic farms, the organic farms would be overwhelmed by pests, weeds and diseases.

  15. Missing the point. The question "does it make the food healthier?" is incomplete. The question "does the reduction in pesticides lead to a healthier environment and more eco-friendly type of farming?" is also significant.

  16. organic foods are terrible. they hurt the environment and put potentially billions of lives at risk. this is because it takes far more land to grow the same amount of food organically then it does with GMO's. this means far more energy must go into the process, which means burning more oil. farming machines, trucks and lorries to transport the grains and the processes they go through either in factories or at the farms are extremely energy intensive. massive amounts of oil and coal are burned to meet this energy demand. as more land and time is required to cultivate organic crops, this means more energy must go into the system which evidently hurts our natural environment. Then we have ranching, which uses machines that also require massive ammounts of energy and takes up valuable landspace. furthermore, ranching is one of the biggest contributes to the greenhouse gas effect with cattle ranching coming in first within that sector. the effects of climate change as we know are vast, causing rising sea levels and encouraging drought, making more land infertile and flooding coastal regions. This could potentially displace hundreds of millions, and destroy the sources of food and water for billions.

    secondly, organic foods steal competition from GMO crops. this is extremely bad, as by contrast GMO crops use far less resources in cultivation and have the ability to grow without requiring harmful substances such as pesticides. This is because of genetic alterations that produce toxins in the plant that cause no harm to humans, but kill insect parasites. This is only one example of how GMO's are useful over organic crops. These inbuilt pesticides save money, energy and lives – not to mention they help to degrade our dependence on the oil industry (from which oil is used to create most popular pesticides). If organic crops steal competition and hence income from GMO's, then GMO's are less popular and earn less. This means less money goes to the people who patent and own these GMO's, meaning they have less money to produce new GMO's that could potentially save millions of lives more as well as the possibility of creating an abundance of food around the globe.

    Don't think selfishly and buy organic food, for all our sakes.

  17. This piece was engineered to deceive by mentioning so-called benefits and then correctly dismissing them. "Organic foods may have more nutrients. They don't." – Why would they? "Organic foods may not be healthier. Some may have more sugar." – No sh*t. You can add too much sugar to anything. They didn't mention that organic food cannot legally contain GMOs. Interesting omission.

  18. Allow me to summarize. Big Agri wants more money, so do what they want and stop buying organic. It sounded something like "Blah blah organic isn't better blah blah sell-out scientists say blah blah blah."

  19. I take the point that organic does not necessarily means healthier for an individual to consume. And I don't buy the GMO fear either. However … why not discussing the environmental impact of pesticides, the risks of overusing antibiotics, cruel treatment of animals, and so on?

  20. This video oversimplifies the issue, excluding an immense amount of environmental, ethical, social, and technological information that makes this source unreliable. You cannot understand this topic from barely a 3 minute clip that offers little to no scientific sources and barely scratches the surface of the subject. What a disappointment.

  21. ORGANIC FOODS DO USE PESTICIDES THOUGH THEY USE ((((((ARSENIC))))) AS A PESTICIDE DUMMIES!!!!!!!
    ALSO!!!! Organic food is (((recalled)))) seven TIMES MORE THAN REGULAR CROPS!!!

  22. The requirements listed here are not accurate. Firstly, it doesn't matter if the fertilizer is synthetic or not. What matters is how complex the molecule is. If the molecule is simple, it is prohibited regardless of the source. As an example, Potassium Nitrate – or salt peter – is a simple naturally occurring compound used as a fertilizer. However, it is on the list of prohibited compounds even though it's not synthetic. That is to say, if you use potassium nitrate the product is not organic. Conversely, there are synthetic fertilizers that are complex enough to be allowed for use in organic farming. Urea, for example, can be synthesized in a lab and this synthesized form is not prohibited last time I checked.

    The argument made in support of this rule is rather simple: Plants and animals need more than just chemical nutrients to survive, and the issue of run off is a serious one. However, there are products where organic is a bad thing. For example, Spirulina. I grow this product in the Midwest, having bred it to survive below freezing, but in nature it lives in alkaline lakes feeding on natural chemical fertilizer (that is to say, chemicals from rock erosion that naturally occur in the environment). It exists as a foundation organism requiring no pre-existing organic compounds for it's growth, but is capable of breaking down dead cells for nutrients if it must. If you grow this product organically you have to use rotting vegetation and urine, but this significantly reduces the shelf life and increases the risk of contamination and as such it tastes rather foul when grown in this manner. Because of this, I chose to grow it as it grows in nature.

    Secondly, the GMO rule has been relaxed due to the difficulty of preventing cross pollination. More specifically, there is a set percentage of the genes of a crop that is allowed to be from a genetically modified strain without a loss of organic certification. To put this into perspective, a StarLink corn which was developed for animals and is not fit for human consumption found it's way into the human food supply due to cross contamination decades ago and despite serious efforts of eradication it's genes are still present in our food supply. It's simply impossible to fully eradicate such things, and this reality is reflected in policy.

    What is true is that an animal given an antibiotic may not be sold as organic meat, regardless of how it is done. It is illegal to withhold antibiotics from a sick animal, but the moment those antibiotics are given it's no longer organic. Hormones, however, are trickier because foods containing natural hormones are allowed. (otherwise, a mother cow would never be allowed to nurse her calve, nor would cows be allowed to consume certain plants). Suffice to say there are ways around that rule.

    For the pesticide argument, well, there's also an allowance for organic pesticides. Mint oil, for example, is a very effective pesticide and rodent repellent, and is so strong that if you use too much it will turn the leaves of your crops white (speaking from experience), but is allowed to be sold for use in organic farming. Certain bacteria may also be used, but these products became less effective after the BT crops came about. Although speaking of which, a farmer that grows genetically modified BT cotton in the center of an organic wheat or soy field will get the protection of it's pesticide and can still sell those crops are organic.I know there are rules for only organic crops on a particular plot of land, but there are also ways around those rules – otherwise an organic farm could never exist next to a farm without certification.

    Nutritionally, an organic product might or might not be better for you. It depends on what was used in it's place. I use evaporated sea water as a trace mineral fertilizer, which in turn provides plants with co factors that help in enzyme production which in turn improves natural pest resistance as a pesticide alternative and to increase growth rates and sizes, and these trace minerals tend to be deficient in the American food supply so it would be healthier overall, but the macro nutrients probably won't have changed any. For that, the larger factor is how fresh it is, but frozen can be more nutritious than fresh because the amino acids don't have as much time to decay.

    While most pesticides are not proven to be harmful, in this case it doesn't matter: The precautionary principle states that the one seeking to sell the product must prove it's safe, which is very different from saying that it hasn't been proven to be dangerous. Many pesticides sold in that manner were later proven dangerous. Of course, as stated, pesticides also exist with organic so it really comes down to what that pesticide is and how it's grown.

    Personally, I think we need a better labeling system. Like a QR code you can scan to see everything about a product, how it's grown, what type of pesticides were used, etc.

  23. Well this didn’t answer the question at all. I hate it when they do this. It raised more questions than answers…. 😡😡😡😠😠

  24. Bloomberg? Like I am going to believe a word this bunch says. It is like this I eat wht I want and tht is non gmo organic. I do not care whether it has more nutrition or not. The fact you say they aren't shows u do not know the reason ppl go organic. Also I add tht as. For sugar? Tht is so classic of ur ignorance.

  25. I mean it's pretty obvious that organic candy is still bad for you because it's still candy. But it's still not as bad as others

  26. That part was stupid and lacks specificity, which is the key word in agricultural bio-chemistry . I studied that

  27. It doesn’t answer the question on the title . And what do you mean “healthy or not….” in the end??? There is no way to conclude that organic food in not healthy from the content of the video. This video should be more coherent on the issue that it wants to discuss about.

  28. I worked on several organic farms…if consumers could see how its really done..it would be the end of the organic food scam

  29. While interesting, this video failed to address the impact that non-organic agricultural production has on the environment. I think that's one of the top 3 reasons people consume organic products.

  30. I worked on organic farms…they do use pesticides….copper sulfate is the worst….but it's organic….it's poison….killed all the bees in the hives….polluted the water supply….it kills everything….Never consume anything sprayed with copper sulfate….grow a garden….Never buy organic….total scam

  31. I don't trust organic food because it's a clever con to make more money. I had organic carrots last year and they were lawful and tasted bad. How do we really know organic food really is organic and not washed with cheap stuff. Many shops are selling normal food with the fake label organic!

  32. Organic is as healthier as the better conventional food, but conventional has a lot of risks better avoiding.

  33. No "scientific evidence" that pesticides in small quantities are bad for you! Fucking main stream media.

  34. organic is mostly bullshit, another marketing ploy, a shift in consumer perspective and preferences = new market leaders = new $$$ to be made. its all about supply and demand really, regardless of scientific fact, it's people's emotions driving buying decisions. poor sheeples.

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