'Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.' -Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason

Organic: Bad For You and The Land

by Ethan Glover, Sun, Jul 02, 2017 - (Edited) Sun, Jul 02, 2017

I had an organic phase. A time of looking for foods with the right labels. The stores with the right 'look.' I thought that eating things with 'organic' on the label would make me healthier, smarter, and better. But I wised up about it in the end, just as I did on UFO's and fluoride. I came around to accept GMO's and science-based agriculture. All it took was a bit of knowledge.

Bad for the Land

In 2005, a University of Wisconsin-Madison study used satellite imagery to show that almost 7 million square miles (4,408,320,000 acres) are dedicated to crop growth. That's about 12% of the Earth's land surface. 1% of that is organic. If non-organic foods are unsafe, or bad for the environment, that should be 100%, right?

So let's consider what would happen if we changed all crops to organic. First, organic crops need 40% more land than modern, conventional crops. That means we would at least need 6,171,648,000 acres. That puts us at 16.8% of Earth's land.

We must then consider that organic crops produce 25% less food per acre. With 25% less food, we'll need to add 25% more land. 7,714,560,000 acres. We would have to dedicate 21% of all land on Earth to crops.

Considering that animal agriculture currently uses 28% of all land, we're now up to 49%.

And when you consider that not much of Earth's land is arable or even habitable, this a big deal. The fact is, organic foods can not sustain the current human population. Let alone a future population.

Eating organic means a larger carbon footprint. More importantly, it means an unsustainable ideal.

Bad for Your Health

For the most part, science has shown that organic provides no health benefits whatsoever. Any measured differences have been insignificant. Organic food provides no advantage to health or wellness.

But because organic farmers have to depend on 'natural' pesticides, there are some unique dangers. As mentioned before, organic food accounts for 1% of farmland. It also accounts for 7% of food recalls.

On top of that scientists have found E. Coli in 10% of organic foods compared to 2% in conventional. Switching to 100% organic foods would mean a 495 times increase in E. Coli.

Why Organic?

Online sources that promote organic foods tend to base their reasoning in conspiracy. The government is hiding the facts about GMOs, and they have all scientists on their payroll.

But the truth is, there is no reason to fear GMO, pesticides, or any other modern farming practice that isn't considered 'organic.' We invented these things for a reason. Technological upgrades allow us to live healthier lives and support a larger population.

The government isn't poisoning you. Science is making your life easier and safer. Which, of course, causes more people to complain and find demons in the most benign of things. A privilege afforded by the very things they fear.


This article got me banned from /r/organic.

When I asked about the ban, they accused me of "spamming" and blocked me from further communication.