Filed under: Economy, Science/Technology | Tags: Food Prices, Liberal lies, Organic Food, Political Correctness
Your grocery store probably has a big section of “organic” foods, just as mine does. You probably believe that when you buy “organic” foods you are buying foods that are healthier, fresher, and better for your family. Sorry. Not so.
“Organic” is a marketing ploy. The use of the term “Organic” is regulated by the Department of Agriculture, and refers to the process by which foods are grown. It is not healthier, or Greener, or more nutritious, and it is incapable of feeding the world. Organic farms yield less food per acre, only half as much as conventional farms, because the world has a shortage of manure. Organic foods usually cost about a third more than foods grown in the conventional way.
This whole thing came about because naive urban people were frightened by “chemicals”, a word that signifies something out of a lab and dangerous, possibly poisonous — surely not good for our children. Unfortunately they neglected to consider that everything is made up of chemicals. The nitrogen in a fertilizer is no different than the nitrogen in manure; nitrogen is nitrogen.
Environmental organizations believe that food should only be grown by the organic process. They are thereby dooming much of the world to famine. The developed nations of the West are either losing population as Italy and Russia are, or are close to zero growth. Population in the developing world is still growing, although at a slower pace than before. World population is expected to approximately double by 2050, and then begin to decline.
In order to feed that increased population, we are going to need all the land now devoted to farming, and to avoid clearing forest land for farming. The “Green Revolution” fathered by Norman Borlaug has increased our ability to produce more food on the same amount of land: innovations like no-till farming and biotechnology will increase it more. The more extreme environmentalists are hoping for famine or disease to carry away more of the population of the earth. Sounds implausible, but they have told us so. And they want all food to be organic, I suppose because of their irrational hatred for petroleum in any form.
So, save your money. You are not buying anything with the extra dollars you spend for organic produce or cosmetics or dairy products except possibly a smug feeling of green superiority. If you want to save the world, do it in the right way.
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