The word “organic” has quickly become a buzzword in households and media sources worldwide. I know some of you are probably saying, “Just what does organic mean anyway?” To put it simply, think in terms of less is more. Less is used in reference to contaminants, chemicals, preservatives, hormones and antibiotics. In fact, organic food is free of all these noxious substances. That is why I have stuck behind organic foods for many years, and the Lean Berets take a stand on them as well. However, recent “research” has started to fog the skies, and point fingers in the direction of organic not being all its cracked up to be. I find it feasible that some organics are not of good quality, but only in specific situations. As far as throwing all organic food under the bus goes, I disagree.
Once again we go back to the “experts.” According to them, organic and conventional food–produce in particular–is on an even playing field when it comes to nutrient content. Even if this was 100 percent true, it was never a strong concern of mine in the first place. My problem always stemmed from the way produce was raised out in the field. It starts as seeds in ground that is pulverized with fertilizers, which are chemicals I might add. Then the crop grows and is sprayed to death with MORE chemicals AND pesticides to make it look pretty and voluptuous after being harvested. I can only hope even the untrained eye can see the danger in this. Fast forward to today, a new team of “specialists” from Stanford University are saying there is not enough contamination from crop residues to cause a threat to your health. Out on the Firing Squad, where I spend a lot of my time dismantling so-called healthy fare, we have a term for this… Please forgive my language, but it’s called B$^^@*)&!
Scientific studies are great, but I can’t put my faith into them because of greed and corruption. Much like most of the major media sources, you are farmed to see and believe what “they” want you to see and believe. And in my opinion, “they” don’t have a freaking clue as to what they’re talking about. If chemicals and pesticides are so safe, why not put them in a fancy little salt shaker and sprinkle them across your food at dinner time? I bet if the experts told you this will boost your immunity, you’d certainly contemplate it. In essence, that’s exactly what you’re doing when you eat conventional produce.
The Lean Berets take a common sense approach to food, and so should you. Never believe anything you see or hear until you have fully researched and dissected what’s being said. Just stop and think about it for a second. Wouldn’t you feel a lot safer knowing the organic pear you are about to sink your choppers into is completely free of added grunge? Meanwhile, the conventional pear is rotten to the core because of the boatload of contaminants it has soaked up over its entire lifetime. Like I said in the beginning, less is more. Commit that phrase to memory when you are filling your shopping basket.
Aside from a health perspective, let’s talk about other reasons to choose organic that are rarely covered in studies. How about the environment? Chemicals flat-out destroy the ground. There are no two ways around it. And to make matters worse, the runoff from conventional fields dumps into ponds, rivers, lakes, streams and a multitude of other bodies of water, which contaminates the bejesus out of them. Think about this the next time you go for a dip in one of these bodies of water to cool off on a hot summer day. Your entire body is ensconced in filth. Any marine life in these waters suffers as well. Think about that the next time you go fishing down at old man Johnson’s farm. I personally don’t even like to touch food that was raised with chemicals and pesticides. My skin starts to burn just thinking about it.
My last thought of the day centers around the efficacy of studies. In all my years as a health advocate, I have never once seen a conclusive study on anything, regardless if it’s food, fitness or nutrition related. There’s always a margin of error and they always seem to end with a statement like, “Results are inconclusive and more research is needed.” Why on earth would I want to put faith in studies that are inconclusive? And given all the corruption that goes on under your nose every day, did you ever stop to think that just maybe there can be political bias involved? Oh no, of course not. The government has your best interest in mind, right?
If I ruffled any feathers or made you upset, I apologize. But it is my job as Special Ops Director to give you the straight dope and not pull any punches. If you want to believe the studies and eat conventional instead of organic, go right ahead. I don’t like to be forced to do anything, and I’m not going to force you either. I just want to make sure you know what’s going on behind your back and I can trust you make an informed decision when it comes time to select fare for you and your family.