What does Organic Mean? Healthy Choice or Marketing Buzz Word?


What does “organic” mean? Organic chemistry is the study of carbon-containing compounds, but I am pretty sure as I walk through the grocery store that the entire sections devoted to organic food, produce, and meats are unrelated to my college studies. There are without question organic ideas, organic movements, organic associations; but are we all being duped into paying more for the same products simply because they have a sticker, label, or packaging that states “organic?” There is new research out from Stanford that challenges the advantages to eating organically. The study has received an enormous amount of backlash as it challenges more than peoples’ eating preferences, but their lifestyle! In this ongoing series I will examine the controversy, the labels, the benefits, the costs, and the future of “organic” food.

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