Is Organic Food Worth the Cost?


“You are what you eat,” goes the old saying. And everywhere we are urged to eat organic:
it’s more nutritious, pesticide-free, and protects animals and the environment. At least, that’s what we are being told – or
rather, sold. And thanks to a lot of very effective marketing,
many people believe it. That’s why, when researchers at Cornell University
gave study participants a choice between two identical items, one labeled “organic” and
one “regular,” the participants confidently declared the “organic” choice to be lower
in calories and more nutritious. They also said they’d pay 16 to 23 percent
more for the organic choice. But these beliefs about organic food have
nothing to do with reality. In 2012, Stanford University’s Center for
Health Policy did the most comprehensive comparison and found organic foods are not nutritionally
superior to conventional alternatives. And a more recent review of 20 years of research
into animal products by Italian researchers confirmed these findings. The authors concluded: “Scientific studies
do not show that organic products are more nutritious and safer than conventional foods.” That’s fine, you might say. You don’t eat organic foods just because of
the health benefits, but because you care about the treatment of farm animals and of
the environment. Unfortunately, the facts don’t support these
beliefs either. Animals on organic farms are not generally
healthier than animals on regular farms. A five-year US study of dairy farms showed
that “health outcomes [for animals on organic farms] are similar to conventional dairies.” And the Norwegian Scientific Committee for
Food Safety reached a similar conclusion. It found “no difference in objective disease
occurrence” on organic dairy farms as compared to conventional dairies. And while pigs and poultry on organic farms
may enjoy better access to open areas, this freedom, studies show, also increases their
exposure to parasites, pathogens and predators. As for the environment, yes, organic farming
will mean that in any one field, a farmer will use less energy and create fewer greenhouse
gases. But there’s a problem here. By forgoing fertilizers and pesticides, organic
farming is much, much less efficient than standard farming, which means that organic
farmers need much more land to grow the same amount of food. A major study in Europe found that to produce
the same gallon of milk organically, you need 59% more land. To produce meat, you need 82% more land. And for crops, it’s more than 200%. And more land for agriculture means less land
for nature. If U.S. agricultural production was entirely
organic, it would mean we would need to convert an area bigger than the size of California
entirely to farmland. Economically, the lower productivity of organics
means we have to commit more resources – land, labor and capital. The total cost to the US economy of going
organic would run to about $200 billion annually. But, surely organic food means no pesticides,
right? Wrong. Organic farming can use any pesticide that
is “natural.” Natural pesticides include, for example, copper
sulphate and Pyreethrin. The former has resulted in liver disease in
vineyard sprayers in France, according to a 1996 study; and the latter, a 3.7-fold increase
in leukemia among farmers who handled it compared to those who had not, according to a 2002
study. Yes, it is true that non-organic foods carry
a higher risk of pesticide contamination. But that risk is almost non-existent. Rough calculations suggest that all the pesticides
on food eaten by Americans may cause around 20 extra cancer deaths per year. You have a similar chance of being mauled
to death by a cow. In sum, organic food is not healthier for
you, nor is it better for animals and the environment than conventionally farmed food. I know this goes against everything you have
come to believe, but that only proves the power of marketing. Organic food is a First World luxury. And while buying it is just as valid as any
other luxury purchase, one should resist any implied moral superiority – as, for example,
when fashion designer Vivienne Westwood famously exclaimed that people who can’t afford organic
food should “eat less.” Unfortunately, a lot of people in the developing
world don’t have the option of eating less. They worry about eating, period. To do that they need access to cheaper food,
which means more access to effective fertilizers and pesticides. So, next time you see organic produce at the
supermarket, don’t just swallow the marketing campaign without some critical thought. I’m Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen
Consensus Center.

100 thoughts on “Is Organic Food Worth the Cost?

  1. I buy organic primarily if it’s all the grocery has left in stock or if I notice something better about a product. Typically in bacon. First time I bought organic bacon. If “organic” is truly what is on the label. It had almost no fat and tasted mostly like ham. Compared to the typical 60-75% fat in other brands. I try to be judicious about what I buy and not be caught up in the hype with organic food.

  2. USA organic standards are the lowest in the world. You need to show the differences between say the USA and European standards. Europe and Japan both ban 1,000's of chemicals that are used in the USA .

  3. Organic farming when done properly is more efficient in yield and land use. I wager a lot of organic farmers use poor techniques.

  4. Look at the yoke in a organic egg compared to non organic not only does it look totally different but taste way better as well.

  5. Is conventional farming is 2 care about the people they need to stop using Roundup ,and glysophate test all of their produce. It is found to cause various types of cancer and there's a huge lawsuit in the United States confirming that reality.

  6. IT'S ALL ABOUT NON-GMO and GLYCOSPHATE… (roundup)
    How can org farming cost be so high when this is how it's been done for thousands of years…. because of the over regulations and other cost not applied to big ag.

  7. You know what I have no problem conceding the facts if they are so. However I think what this video presents are problems with industrial farming squeezing in to the organic requirements with little regard to the benefits organic would supply if done more carefully. Yes, it's supposed to be inherently inefficient compared to industrial farming. That's fine and it's a price to pay. This speaks more to corporations ruining a good idea than the fallacy of organic in my opinion. If you were to grow your own food in a greenhouse or garden using natural methods you wouldn't decide to slather it in pesticide and pump it with fertilizer (btw readers thats not the stuff in a bag from cows if you dont know about big farms).

    3:09 However #2 you accidentally presented the most magnificent idea. 🙂

  8. I listen here for information helpful to the conservative cause. I grew up farming. This is certainly NOT a fair and balanced report!!! This is a very disappointing post. It does not represent the conservative cause. Anyone can make any point while referring to "studies" and "conclusions." I am very disappointed that Prager U weighed in this. You are wasting our time.

  9. Wow! Your videos always seem so even handed. Not this one! Just so you know, I don't buy everything organic, but the organic items I do buy are purchased because I think they taste better. Oh, by the way, who paid for that Stanford research that you talked about so much in this vid?

  10. There is nothing nutritionally lacking in conventional food. The problem lies in the long-term ecological impact of modern agricultural practices. Another informally fallacious Prageru argument. Shameful.

  11. More organic farming would reduce the need to grow nothing but corn and soy in the midwest, wouldn't it? So the need for more land for agriculture seems to be a wash. Seriously, I'd rather see broccoli farms here in Indiana. And I don't know of anyone who thinks organic foods have less calories or more nutrition. And you claim (sourced from a government study-call me skeptical) that non-organic pesticides cause 20 extra cancer deaths per year. Versus how many organic cancer deaths? 1? 0?

  12. “Organic food is a first world luxury so one should resist any implied moral superiority” YAZZZZ ! FINALLY SOMEONE!!! 🙌🏻 I have no confidence in the certified organic seal on products. I’ve always felt that way. It’s not because of this video. I think it’s a billion dollar industry money grabber and you can’t convince me organic is pesticide free. I’m not buying it 🙅🏻‍♀️

  13. Can I get some clarity please? I was of the idea that cattle farming is the culprit, in that it needs feeding, which results in excessive cereal crops, causing deforestation.
    Are you saying that the whole "go plant-based" gig is politically biased (hence the Netflix documentaries)? Thanks

  14. I can tell you that there is a difference and that you can't do research by one apple verses another appel — just recently i bought non organic peppers, my usual supplier ran out of Cayenne at €4.95 for a mere 35g. by the way, it replaces eczema medicine, and blood circulation, which i'm not going to get into details here. I found non organic at €0.59. I didn't trust that lot. I consume about 35g a week, and and next I'm getting convinced, its a matter of regulations, labeling, and got myself some at €3.59. I didn't finish the last lot, I was getting heartburns and stopped. the organic cayenne back on the shelf. I bought it, my heartburns so to say from one day to the next gone. I keep a journal since doctors are a totally useless, when it concerns the chemistry of our body. I've been an abuser of food like most of use, too busy working. within a few days of eating a product, I can tell you the effects. neurologic, concentration, memory … if there are highway numbers my body will detect it. I have been writing about it my findings.

  15. WHAT HORRIBLE MISLEADING VIDEO !!!!!!!!!!! SHAME ON YOU! BASED ON TOTALL PROPAGANDA AND "ECONOMICS" COMING FROM DEADLY GMO FOODS AND PRODUCTS !!!! NO FMO FOOD FOR YOU IF YOU WANT TO LIVE ! DO NOT CONFUSE GMO for "good conventional food"…!!!! REMEMBER however, organic MEAT IS DEATH!!! OUR HUMAN BODIES HAVE NOT BEEN DESIGNED BY NATURE FOR CONSUMING MEAT!!!~! OUR INTESTINES ARE TOO VERY LONG AND MEAT GETS STUCK IN THEM FOR A LONG TIME AND ROTS…  LEARN TOGETHER: WHY YOU‘RE BORN A VEGAN?

    The following points help prove that a natural human diet is, in fact, vegan—and that enslaving animals, stealing their milk and eggs, and killing them simply isn’t what nature intended.

    Think you’re a paleo caveman or -woman? Well …

    Although many humans choose to eat both plants and meat, earning us the dubious title of “omnivore,” we’re anatomically herbivorous. The good news is that if you want to eat like our ancestors, you still can: Nuts, vegetables, fruit, and legumes are the basis of a healthy vegan lifestyle.

    Our Teeth, Jaws, and Nails

    Humans have short, soft fingernails and small “canine” teeth. In contrast, carnivores all have sharp claws and large canine teeth that are capable of tearing flesh.

    Carnivores’ jaws move only up and down, requiring them to tear chunks of flesh from their prey and swallow them whole. Humans and other herbivores can move their jaws up and down and from side to side, allowing them to grind up fruit and vegetables with their back teeth. Like other herbivores’ teeth, humans’ back molars are flat for grinding fibrous plant foods.

    Dr. Richard Leakey, a renowned anthropologist, summarizes, “You can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand. Our anterior teeth are not suited for tearing flesh or

    hide. We don’t have large canine teeth, and we wouldn’t have been able to deal with food sources that require those large canines.”

    Stomach Acidity

    Carnivorous animals swallow their food whole, relying on extremely acidic stomach juices to break down flesh and kill the dangerous bacteria in it, which would otherwise sicken or kill them. Our stomach acids are much weaker in comparison, because strong acids aren’t needed to digest prechewed fruits and vegetables.

    Intestinal Length

    Animals who hunt have short intestinal tracts and colons that allow meat to pass through their bodies relatively quickly, before it can rot and cause illness. Humans’ intestinal tracts are much longer than those of carnivores of comparable size. Longer intestines allow the body more time to break down fiber and absorb the nutrients from plant-based foods, but they make it dangerous for humans to eat meat. The bacteria in meat have extra time to multiply during the long trip through the digestive system, increasing the risk of food poisoning. Meat actually begins to rot while it makes its way through human intestines, which increases the risk of developing colon cancer.

    Read Dr. Milton Mills‘ entire article on the topic to learn more.

    Human Evolution and the Rise of Meat-Heavy Diets

    If it’s so unhealthy and unnatural for humans to eat meat, why did our ancestors sometimes turn to flesh for sustenance? Author of the book The Power of Your Plate, Dr. Neal Barnard, talks about humans’ early diet, explaining that we “had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet …. [M]eat-eating probably began by scavenging—eating the leftovers that carnivores had left behind. However, our bodies have never adapted to it. To this day, meat-eaters have a higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems.”Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, adds, “[F]ruit and different plants and other things that we may have eaten maybe became less available. . . . The meat-eating that we do, or that our ancestors did even back to the earliest time we were eating meat, is culturally mediated. You need some kind of processing technology in order to eat meat .… So I don’t necessarily think we are hardwired to eat meat.”

    There’s Something About Dairy

    Humans started domesticating cattle only 10,000 years ago. Until then, children who stopped breastfeeding also stopped making the enzyme lactase and became lactose intolerant. After the domestication of cattle, however, the human digestive tract began to process dairy “products.” Groups who do not rely on cattle—like the Pima tribe, the Chinese and Thai, and the Bantu of West Africa—continue to be lactose intolerant today.

    The Unfortunate Modern Diet

    Until recently, only the wealthiest people could afford to feed, raise, and slaughter animals for meat, while everyone else ate mostly plant foods. Consequently, prior to the 20th century, only the rich were plagued routinely with diseases such as heart disease and obesity.Now that animal flesh has become relatively cheap and is easily available (thanks to the cruel, cost-cutting practices of farming), deadly ailments such as heart disease, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and obesity have spread to people across the socio-economic spectrum. And as the Western lifestyle spills over into less-developed areas of Asia and Africa, people there, too, have begun to suffer and die from diseases associated with meat-based diets.

    When humans consume animal protein, research shows a link to cancer of the colon, breast, prostate, and pancreas. According to nutrition expert T. Colin Campbell, the director of the Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Health, and the Environment, “In the next ten years, one of the things you’re bound to hear is that animal protein . . . is one of the most toxic nutrients of all that can be considered.”

  16. WANT EDUCATE PEOPLE FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR HEALTH AND SOBER THINKING???  LEARN TOGETHER: WHY YOU‘RE BORN A VEGAN?
    The following points help prove that a natural human diet is, in fact, vegan—and that enslaving animals, stealing their milk and eggs, and killing them simply isn’t what nature intended. Think you’re a paleo caveman or -woman? Well …

    Although many humans choose to eat both plants and meat, earning us the dubious title of “omnivore,” we’re anatomically herbivorous. The good news is that if you want to eat like our ancestors, you still can: Nuts, vegetables, fruit, and legumes are the basis of a healthy vegan lifestyle.

    Our Teeth, Jaws, and Nails
    Humans have short, soft fingernails and small “canine” teeth. In contrast, carnivores all have sharp claws and large canine teeth that are capable of tearing flesh.
    Carnivores’ jaws move only up and down, requiring them to tear chunks of flesh from their prey and swallow them whole. Humans and other herbivores can move their jaws up and down and from side to side, allowing them to grind up fruit and vegetables with their back teeth. Like other herbivores’ teeth, humans’ back molars are flat for grinding fibrous plant foods.
    Dr. Richard Leakey, a renowned anthropologist, summarizes, “You can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand. Our anterior teeth are not suited for tearing flesh or hide. We don’t have large canine teeth, and we wouldn’t have been able to deal with food sources that require those large canines.”

    Stomach Acidity

    Carnivorous animals swallow their food whole, relying on extremely acidic stomach juices to break down flesh and kill the dangerous bacteria in it, which would otherwise sicken or kill them. Our stomach acids are much weaker in comparison, because strong acids aren’t needed to digest prechewed fruits and vegetables.

    Intestinal Length

    Animals who hunt have short intestinal tracts and colons that allow meat to pass through their bodies relatively quickly, before it can rot and cause illness. Humans’ intestinal tracts are much longer than those of carnivores of comparable size. Longer intestines allow the body more time to break down fiber and absorb the nutrients from plant-based foods, but they make it dangerous for humans to eat meat. The bacteria in meat have extra time to multiply during the long trip through the digestive system, increasing the risk of food poisoning. Meat actually begins to rot while it makes its way through human intestines, which increases the risk of developing colon cancer.
    Read Dr. Milton Mills‘ entire article on the topic to learn more.

    Human Evolution and the Rise of Meat-Heavy Diets If it’s so unhealthy and unnatural for humans to eat meat, why did our ancestors sometimes turn to flesh for sustenance? Author of the book The Power of Your Plate, Dr. Neal Barnard, talks about humans’ early diet, explaining that we “had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet …. [M]eat-eating probably began by scavenging—eating the leftovers that carnivores had left behind. However, our bodies have never adapted to it. To this day, meat-eaters have a higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems.”Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, adds, “[F]ruit and different plants and other things that we may have eaten maybe became less available. . . . The meat-eating that we do, or that our ancestors did even back to the earliest time we were eating meat, is culturally mediated. You need some kind of processing technology in order to eat meat .… So I don’t necessarily think we are hardwired to eat meat.”

    There’s Something About Dairy
    Humans started domesticating cattle only 10,000 years ago. Until then, children who stopped breastfeeding also stopped making the enzyme lactase and became lactose intolerant. After the domestication of cattle, however, the human digestive tract began to process dairy “products.” Groups who do not rely on cattle—like the Pima tribe, the Chinese and Thai, and the Bantu of West Africa—continue to be lactose intolerant today.

    The Unfortunate Modern Diet
    Until recently, only the wealthiest people could afford to feed, raise, and slaughter animals for meat, while everyone else ate mostly plant foods. Consequently, prior to the 20th century, only the rich were plagued routinely with diseases such as heart disease and obesity.Now that animal flesh has become relatively cheap and is easily available (thanks to the cruel, cost-cutting practices of farming), deadly ailments such as heart disease, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and obesity have spread to people across the socio-economic spectrum. And as the Western lifestyle spills over into less-developed areas of Asia and Africa, people there, too, have begun to suffer and die from diseases associated with meat-based diets.

    When humans consume animal protein, research shows a link to cancer of the colon, breast, prostate, and pancreas. According to nutrition expert T. Colin Campbell, the director of the Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Health, and the Environment, “In the next ten years, one of the things you’re bound to hear is that animal protein . . . is one of the most toxic nutrients of all that can be considered.”

  17. so glyposate isnt something we should worry about? and franken food like gmo? no thanks. organic is not new. organicnis the original food.

  18. All these problems are no big deal for big food companies, but would drive out smaller companies.

    What a diabolical plan.

  19. Pesticides lower a farmers life to 40 years. And the antibiotics and hormones given to factory farmed livestock cannot be safe. Further more Monsanto is being sued because their pesticides where proven to cause cancer. Monsanto also owns almost 99% of seeds in America. I thought you supported small business. If you support small businesses and the animal and farmers health you will buy organic.

  20. You are saying a cow fed GMO corn all its life is as healthy as a free range cow eating what its evolved to eat? I highly doubt your conclusions.

  21. 'Organic' is a fraud. What people believe they're getting is Not what they are getting. In some studies the testing of produce labeled 'organic' at Whole Foods as much as 44% was found to have traces of chemicals that should not be there. When I asked a WF assistant manager about this one day, he confided to me, using classic 'finger quotes',,, that in his world,,, 'organic' meant not much more than filing the correct paperwork.

  22. How has this become a left/right issue in this country? I'm as conservative as they get but this is just ridiculous. This sounds like the typical junk corporations feed you on mainstream media, "Oh we have to feed you garbage because otherwise we can't make enough food for everybody, we swear it's just a coincidence that this method maximizes profit for us." This issue, ulterior motives for war, and the shrinking middle class shouldn't be left/right, somehow mainstream media has pulled this off though.

  23. I kindly disagree. I like alot of your videos, but I believe a fruit that's pesticide free is healthier.

    Any organic farm that uses any variation of pesticide is not a true organic and should not be claiming that. We need to take legal action against them if they do because that's false advertisement and can lead to health issues.

  24. The percentage of people having digestive issues has gone up with newer GMO style foods .
    I feel this doesnt have to do with fertalizer but may have to do with insecticides and preservatives more then anything.
    We still don't know the long term effects of newer GMO type foods.

    The new labeling laws did not help consumer confidence in the food we buy either .

  25. I agree with most conservative views, but I am a firm believer that most conservative views that involve any big Corp. Is in favor of big Corp… But at least he's not in a dress saying call me she.. so……. Yah……

  26. Totally biased.. Pesticides are bad. Organic pesticides are bad, not organic pesticides are bad. Non-organic food is fine for people in 3rd world countries, and I don’t think eating 100% organic 100% ought to be a priority but toxicity can’t be judged solely on how many finite deaths it racks up per year. Pesticides kill bugs, and are bad for people. My priority is not how to feed the absolute largest amount of people worldwide most efficiently, it’s feeding my family the best food possible

  27. My grandparents lived to be very old. They lived off the cheapest foods available. I’m sure “organic” has some benefits over regular but not enough to really make a difference. I grow my own vegetables and I can tell you from my experience that neither “organic” or regular vegetables you buy from a store hold there full flavor and vitamin potential because they aren’t picked when there ripe. HUGE difference when you pick them ripe. Also the irony of people to scared to eat a non organic orange as their stuffing their faces with high processed bag of chips, is humoring.

  28. Took about 20 minutes researching outbreaks of horrible diseases that killed dozens of people to see why organic is not only a scam, but is dangerous.

  29. The pesticides that are used I. Regular foods are causing rampant cancer so the cost to the American healthcare system are far greater!

  30. PragerU is just rightwing propaganda roundup is killing people the chemical pesticides poisoning water air soil plus PragerU is not even a college

  31. This guy didn't say a word about GMO's and health. A Georgia farmer growing soybeans said the deer in his field won't even eat the GMO soybeans. Personally, I wouldn't trust a word coming from Denmark, Sweden or most of those messed up socialist / feminist Northern European countries. Denmark won't even sell Iceland to the U.S. lol.

  32. organically grown crops not only taste better, but they contain 90% less pesticides, herbicides, and are NOT grown in industrial sewage sludge fertilizers. Check data from USEPA on whatsonmyfood.com

    All you have to do is camp in front of a local organic supermarket/food store and watch the customers going in and compare that with customers going into conventional supermarkets/restaurants. It becomes readily apparent that people going to organic stores are generally better in shape physically slimmer in weight, better muscular body tone and , body shape, glowing skin color, brighter hair, far fewer men that go to these stores are bald, the general attitude of people that go to organic stores is better and more positive.

  33. How about the bloating and IBS that many people experience and complain of after eating conventional meats and dairy, while this is rarely noticed when locally raised organic meats and dair are consumed? Did they not remember to mention about the abnormally high levels of Arsenic in conventional poultry due to the feed being heavily sprayed with pesticides that need arsenic present to be functional??

  34. People eat organic when it comes to things such as dairy, produce and meats. You don’t eat organic pizza, potato chips, or candy in general. Also, organic meats are eaten Because animals that are raised organically are not given hormones, steroids, foods that have been sprayed with pesticides, they’re not cooped up in cages, and the meets are minimally processed. That’s what makes organic meats and dairy healthier for you!

  35. The Strawman argument of this video is hilariously obvious. The idea that Organic foods are "more nutritious" has never even been the argument.
    Organic foods are marketed on the basis of not using chemical pesticides, or genetically altered plants or animals. In other words, old fashioned farming, before scientists began pumping hormones and chemicals into the food supply.

    If you want to increase productivity, convince the government to stop preventing average Americans to own their own farms. Also convince them to stop subsidizing existing farms as an incentive to leave large portions of their farmland completely unused, never producing anything.

    The government does this in order to control the food supply, and cost of food nation wide. If existing farmers were producing their maximum possible yield, even taking into account occasional bad years, and Americans were allowed to start new farms, Organic farming could not only surpass the current supply of food in our markets, but be more affordable.

  36. Thank you for sharing this video. I always felt that it was better to have food that may have pesticides then have no food at all. And then have people starving to death

  37. I absolutely raste he difference between organic and conventional foods. While I eat my organic foods from my garden and you can saturate your body with aspartame, calcium carbonate and so many toxic ingredients you can eat
    Suit yourself

  38. I generally appreciate PragerU videos, but this one is a crock. I’ve been farming organically for more than 40 years, and my experience is diametrically opposed to most of the presenter’s claims. All the “research” cited appears to be from sources with a vested interest in, and funded by, chemical based agriculture. The implied “economies of scale” associated with industrial agriculture are debunked every day by small, intensive scale organic producers. Joel Salatin is one of MANY examples.

  39. Wow talk about cherry picking your research findings….who sponsored this???Monsanto???is Prager u doing PR work now???…this is spin doctoring… .boo!!

  40. Organic never promised superior nutrition or less calories. It promises less neurotoxin pesticides. Also, it lets the plants develop naturally instead of forcing them to ripen before their DNA programs them to ripen.

  41. We grow our own non-gmo vegetables without pesticides in our garden, and get great results. And they always taste better than the “conventional” food bought in supermarkets.
    But of course it takes a bit of effort 🙂
    I take it PragerU is suggesting for us to spray toxins on everything we eat now and that will help the world to become a better place.
    I wonder why he failed to mention how great pesticides are for bees, and our eco-system 🤔
    For those who know, acetylcholinesterase…

  42. Studies, produce the results that the organization funding the study wants!
    America needs to rebuild its farming soil by re-introducing minerals into our soil! Our farming soil is severely mineral depleted!
    To get herbicides and pesticides out of your food, first give it a good scrubbing, then soak it in a pan of water with 1-3 table spoons of baking soda, allow it to soak for fifteen minutes, then scrub it again. This should remove and or neutralize about 97% of the toxic chemicals.
    You will be shocked at the condition of the water after only a fifteen minutes soak!

  43. I don't trust this study one bit. Organic is better all the way around. Pesticides cause WAY more cancer than reported here and also other disasters like blue green algae that is killing animals

  44. It seemed to me that usually people
    Would try to blow the whistle on the big farming industry and point out all the different things used that are bad for our health. Those same people would claim that the studies that go against organic are created by the big companies as propaganda. I don’t know what the truth is but I think the people who promote natural food are assuming that we have health problems do to the different chemicals used in our food. I’m not sure if we can just discredit that entire line of thinking yet. And I wouldn’t trust an idea that clearly helps the big companies bottom line.

  45. I wouldn't mind paying a little more for truly organic products but I don't necessarily beleive the bins labeled "organic" at the grocery store are such and not just an easy way to charge more. I have noticed many times at self checkout you are not given the option to choose anything other than the organic version even when it wasn't labeled as such.

  46. Organic is indeed better than conventional. Organic Milk, Organic Meat & Chicken are much better for you because the animals are fed a better diet of foods and that conventional meat is actually pretty bad for you.

  47. Our family have enjoyed the PragerU videos, and we love having these views put out so clearly. This video though was our first big disappointment. Three years after switching our family over to organic eating – the evidence between conventional and organic eating piles up right before our eyes. Extensive research on our part also allows us to view and study much that contradicts your "findings."

  48. Generally, I was beginning to like PagerU. After this video, however, I have changed my mind. Do you honestly think I'm waiting around for some stupid University to assure me that Organic foods are better? I laughingly notice many many YT and other videos telling me not to eat this or that vegetable — but NEVER even a tiny peep about McDonald's hamburgers! Gee, I wonder who got the bribe money?
    Who do you idiots think you are fooling?
    What your tests do, exactly? Put foods in a test tube to see which is better?
    It's over now; I'm unsubscribing PragerU!!!

  49. I understand the aversion people have to having their food sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.. part of the problem is organic certification precludes using fertilizers such as nitrogen, and phosphorus which allow farmers to replace the nutrients in the soil that continuous cropping depletes. Without these products the only other viable options are
    1. Go back to crop rotation where you leave 1/3 to 1/2 of your available acres fallow (non productive) while still tilling to manage weeds. Reducing output to less than 50% of current production while burning more fuel per unit of crop produced

    2. Grow a natural nitrogen producing crop such as clover or alfalfa and turn it under (again burning more greenhouse gas producing diesel working land out of production)

    3. Haul immense amounts of manure and spread it and work it into the soil.

    None of these methods if practiced on a large scale could maintain the levels of food production needed to feed approaching 8 billion people on the planet..

  50. First PragerU video i disliked. I have become organic farmer because of the research I have done and because od the health benefits I have personally experienced. Not everything that "sounds" leftist is their invention. Everything you said is either incorect or totally out of the context. To people who are interested in this, check out Joel Salatin – organic framing practice and science and lets say dr. John Bergman – health effects.

  51. First video I've had to thumbs down. The main reason why I eat organic or clean it's because of the over use of pesticides and fertilizers. Pesticides and fertilizers are hard on the ecosystem and pollute the groundwater. Where I live the municipalities urge pregnant women and young children not to drink the water because of fertilizers contaminating the groundwater.

  52. BS"D Check out youtubes of:
    "Greg Judy Regenerative Rancher"

    I am astounded that
    Prager U is this far
    Off the Mark.

    Do more research.

    A MAJOR reason families
    are breaking apart.
    Values are being lost,
    Is how far we have
    Moved from self
    Sufficiency,
    Valueing relationships
    Living off of
    "THE LAND!"

    We need to simplify our lives
    To shrink monster govt!

    When we live naturally,
    Caring organically on
    And for The land,
    we know
    How to care for all,
    Less expensively and
    Giving land rest.

    There is boundless
    Open land available!

    Big govt needs to release it
    to public sale!

  53. Have you visited organic farms and seen the clean natural environment compared to 'conventional-commercial' agricultural environments?!
    What about the many studies that find less need for use of medication for animals, less mastitis, less pesticide/herbicide residues in organically grown foods, lower bacterial count in organic milk than commercial production, and especially have you never noticed how organic vegetables, salads, fruits last much longer in your fridge and on your shelf after purchase than conventional-commercially grown items !
    Not to speak even of the better taste and richer flavours – and yes, there are studies that show higher nutrient density, too –
    Compare the soil- and punt-disease problems of conventional-commercial monocultural farming to organic, and, for that matter, permaculture farming, too !
    We surely agree that there are plenty companies that use misleading advertising… enabled by scammy laws written by lobbyist-gvmt-bedfellowships, but that does not automatically mean all organic is a scam –

  54. I’m going to respectfully disagree with this video. Cheaper food production means more harmful pesticides; it’s just a fact.

  55. I disagree with the most of this video, pesticides like Monsanto's Round Up are proven to be extremely toxic and produce cancer

  56. All these comments show conservatives for the most part use our own brains.

    PragerU got this one wrong, even though we agree with most of your videos.

  57. Maybe not but meat from free grazed cattle, chicken, and pig taste far superior to the corporate slop that's sold at Walmart. Organic milk taste far superior to the cheap mass milk. So one may have little nutritional differences but there is a huge difference between local and corporate farmed stuff.

  58. who knows.. America make money off of medical bills which pharmaceutical company and government are making money. so they want ppl to be not healthy. well one things is true back in the time ppl couldn't afford Pesticide there are many bacteria and pest or parasites … but is it worth than agricultural chemical ?? no?? we do not know what is the true.. this info can be fake or true.. we do not know.. but I go for organic one!!!

  59. Conventional fruits and vegetables are picked green, avoiding spoilage factor during shipment.
    Farmers Markets pick fruit almost ripe, therefore taste much better.
    An individuals home garden is picked when ripe, and served immediately! Tastes best!
    Stop sniveling and start gardening…. even a black thumb can turn green🥦🥕🥬🌶

  60. Love you channel, but don’t tell me that food and feed with roundup has proven to cause cancer and weaken the cattle, pick and live stock. Any food with higher quality nutrition of vitamins and minerals is far better than standard

  61. Isn't it A shame these videos are not seen in mainstream Media or schools or universities instead they like to keep their students ignorant to the truth

  62. Bravo Bjorn!! Finally somebody who does not drink the (organic) cool aid. "Organic" is the most brilliant marketing scam ever pulled on western consumers. Absolutely no proven health benefits, marginal to non-existent environmental benefits. The same applies to "non-GMO" food. I systematically avoid buying any food product labeled "Organic" and/or "non-GMO" because I hate being taken in for a ride by huge companies like Wholefoods that are able to exponentially increase their profit margins by fooling gullible consumers into buying much more expensive products with no additional benefits. I wish there were a brand out there bold enough to proudly market "GMO-enhanced" food products. I would be their first customer.

  63. Here's some real facts from a plant-based doctor/researcher – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpwNhXzOG5g
    Agrochemicals are very dangerous to health – Its of utmost importance not to poison oneself and our children, organic is kinder to environment – soil, water, oceans, air. US EWG has the dirty dozen of foods which are loaded with agrochemicals and considered risky. Glyphosate, which is the most toxic, is not tested by the EWG, is now banned in 14 countries and causes cancer in parts per trillion, and is showing up in 100% of samples taken of grains, breads, and even all animal feed. Pesticides ARE NOT EQUAL when it comes to health risk, but ALL of them DO contain risk, which is NOT considered in all the studies cited by those who want to promote non-organic foods. So this PragerU talk is misguided BS. You know better. Get wise and have Dr. Esselstyn, or Dr. Greger, or Dr. Klaper do a PragerU talk. At least the human race will know the truth about which foods are healthy and which are not.

  64. I like the point that those in third world countries don’t have the luxury to choose between organic and standard produce. They just need food – the most economical kind.

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