Why Organics Suck

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I’m kind of pissed off about the state of food in our country.  The FDA allows so much crap in our food that it’s ridiculous.  It’s near impossible to find food that doesn’t contain corn or soy.  Seriously.  Read your labels and you’ll find high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, and dyes.  I think it’s ridiculous that there even has to be organic and conventional foods.  I think all food should be farmed organically.  Why should someone have to choose between organic lettuce and lettuce that has been sprayed with pesticides because they can’t afford the extra money for organics?

One of my biggest pet peeves with purchasing food is to see “natural flavors” on labels.  What the heck is “natural flavors”?  MSG (monosodium glutamate) can be considered a “natural flavor” and is something that is an excitotxin , which is dangerous to your health.  Why can’t the company just say what it is instead of calling it natural flavors?

I understand why organic food costs more.  It takes more time, energy, and effort to produce food organically.  Without the use of pesticides, there’s a greater chance the food will be eaten by pests.  I just hate the fact that everyone can’t afford organics because they are so expensive.  I think all people deserve access to good quality, healthy food.

I think food dyes are unnecessary and unhealthy.  Red 40 is banned in several countries in Europe, yet still continues to appear in the ingredient list of so many foods in the United States.

Soy wreaks havoc on hormones, yet is pretty much in everything in one way or another.  If you try to avoid it, chances are you’ll still encounter it in some way.  Those eggs you just consumed?  The chicken was fed a mixture of corn and soy.

I just think it’s really sad the crap that’s allowed in our food in the United States.  We all deserve healthy food that’s not going to give us disease.  I’m not saying we should all eat organic food 100% of the time because I know that’s not realistic, I’m just saying that we should all have access to affordable good food.

What do you think about the state of food in our country?  Is it getting better, or getting worse?

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21 thoughts on “Why Organics Suck

  1. Little House says:

    Have you watched the documentary, Food? I have it earmarked in my Netflix queue but am a bit wary to watch it. I’m afraid that there won’t be any food I’d be willing to eat once I see what they do to it. I didn’t know that soy messed up hormones, I really like soy milk, especially in Chai tea!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Food Inc? I saw that and it is very disturbing and sad. It’s worth watching! I used to love soy milk in chai tea too. It is SO yummy in chai. I use almond, rice, or coconut now! It’s great.

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  2. H Lee D says:

    It’s bad and it’s getting worse because everything has everything to do with money. There is no concern for health or wellness or anything like that. If it makes money, it happens. The difficulty in buying food that’s not full of garbage drives me a little batty.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    H Lee D- That’s what is so sad. It has to be all about money. I hate that. It’s near impossible to buy food that doesn’t have some kind of crap in it. It’s disheartening!

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  3. Budgeting in the Fun Stuff says:

    I never really think about it much. I’m not “splurging” the extra dough so I have to cross my fingers that Mr. BFS and I won’t be pesticided to death…

    I have started avoiding high-fructose corn syrup since you can’t get it off your hips once you eat it. 🙂

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    BITFS- Thanks for that visual. Now that’s all I can think about. 😉

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    Budgeting in the Fun Stuff Reply:

    Hahaha…the power of words…

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  4. Money Obedience says:

    You got to wonder about the FDA. But I don’t think we can just blame the FDA. If the foods we eat were so bad, I am sure that enough people would stop buying them, which would force the producers of these foods into bankruptcy. In the contrary, people seem to be demanding such foods. I have noticed that since last year my supermarkets offers not only the bland looking wild caught salmon, but also the bright orange, perfectly marbled and much bigger salmon steaks that are farm fed (with hormones, dyes, etc.).

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Money Obedience- I agree. I think the FDA is partially to blame, but there are others as well. I think that many people don’t research food on their own and just eat what looks good or what is the norm. The SAD (standard American diet) is what people are used to and don’t think about anything different.

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  5. Becky R says:

    It is so sad. I am a single mom with two growing boys. I want to feed them right, but can barely afford food at all.

    I do buy:
    organic milk, eggs, and bread (if I don’t make it myself), and plain yogurt.
    I try to buy free range organic beef and chicken as what they do to the cows and chickens is sick and so unhealthy. Cows can not digest corn, so we get sick.
    I try to buy all our fruits and veggies organic as well. I also grow my own veggies organically as well.
    But after that I have no food money left. It is sad.
    We do eat organic rice and beans alot.

    Snacks is the hardest.
    I buy organic pop corn and organic chips and salsa.
    I tried making my own granola bars, but so far they are yuck, so as an occasional treat I buy these yummy organic ones but they are $4 a box of 5. Yikes. I also have tried organic cereals but my kids hated them, so for now I still buy honey nut cheerios. I also buy organic waffles for breakfast as well (I treid making my own but the kids hated them.)

    Love this post and I agree.

    -Becky R in NJ

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Becky R- It sounds like you are doing very well with what you have! Rice and beans is something I loooove!

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  6. Invest It Wisely says:

    I think people have got to change their eating habits. One reason why pesticides are needed and why beef is grown the way it is is because there would not be enough food to feed everyone otherwise. Many mouths to feed, but a limited amount of land, resources, and space!

    For my part, I go to the farmer’s market every now and then, and I have reduced my consumption of beef somewhat. Pasture-fed beef is simply far too expensive and hard to find, so I still buy the regular stuff, but I try not to eat it too often. I also bring food from home instead of eating out very often.

    It would help if many other people did the same. If people didn’t have such an insatiable demand for, say, hamburgers, that land might be used for something else. On the other hand, people do enjoy eating their hamburgers, and might not be as happy on a diet of veggies and beans 😉

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Invest It Wisely- I think they need to as well. If people cut back the amount of animals they consumed it would be a win for the environment, but the farmers would hurt. It sucks. I guess I’d rather eat beef that I bought at the store and prepared myself (even if it’s not organic or pasture fed) because I know what’s on it. 🙂 I think that’s a great thing you do!

    I agree with you!

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  7. The Saved Quarter says:

    I totally agree with you! Have you read The Omnivore’s Dilemma? It got me off of industrially produced meat and high fructose corn syrup a few years ago. My dad and I had an argument about it, with him saying, “My grandparents never bought anything organic and they lived into their 90s.” I said that they did buy organic since that’s all there was until the 40s; it just wasn’t labeled that way because there was no pesticide laden “conventional” to compare to. They also cooked from scratch and bought ingredients without fake-food fillers instead of premade, prepackaged foods.

    My daughter has developed an unusual food intolerance and I’m suddenly having to check food labels much more closely. She can’t have any food dyes, artificial flavors, MSG, corn based products, along with many fruits and vegetables. To say that finding foods she can eat is hard would be an understatement; I had no idea how much stuff is made out of corn!! Here’s a list that I have printed out in my purse, but it claims not to be exhaustive. http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php

    I’ve found a few things that work for her and try to buy them organic, and the rest of the family eats what she eats (plus extra fruits and veggies.)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    The Saved Quarter- I haven’t! I definitely need to. I agree with you- years ago organics were the norm. It’s so sad to see what we are eating now and how many illnesses and cancer people suffer from.

    Corn is in everything because it’s a cheap filler. Sad, isn’t it?

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  8. Mike - Saving Money Today says:

    It really is sad how much crap we all eat for the sake of convenience. It seems everything is loaded with high fructose corn syrup and all of this boxed and pre-packaged stuff is obviously having an impact on the average American’s waistline. The problem is that its cheaper so most people are going to go for it, especially when times are tough.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mike- I know. It is funny- I heard of a raw foodist once that ate bananas for like 3 days straight because they couldn’t afford anything else. Crazy! 🙂

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  9. Funny about Money says:

    LOL! Your rant reminds me of an old friend, now deceased, who was a zoologist. The interest in unadulterated food was just beginning. We would hear that various items were “natural” this and “natural” that. At one point he ran across a “natural” potato.

    “A ‘natural’ potato!” he hooted. “What else would it be? An ‘unnatural’ potato”?

    The organic movement is being co-opted by the corporate hegemony and its advertising shills, just as the feminist movement was. It’s to industry leaders’ interest to jump on every bandwagon that comes along, even when the bandwagon comes from the grass roots and starts out in diametric opposition to their own position, intellectually, economically, and politically. We’ve come a long way, baby…now we have organic tobacco. 😉

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  10. Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green says:

    I agree, I hate that not everyone gets to real food. I eat about 95% or more organic. For us we find that we would rather cut cost other places and spend more to get good food.

    Some of the food we get is local and raised/grown organically but not USDA, it’s a bit more affordable and better for the environment. We also don’t really buy packaged food and I make everything from scratch (well very close to everything). We also don’t eat out much so that saves money.

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  11. ML says:

    Thank you for your concern but it’s just the sad reality. If you want healthier food then you must have enough money for it. It’s just like if you want to get cured of high risk illnesses you must go to the best doctors or specialists that charge higher fees. We really are lucky in America because we have a choice of organics in the market. In the third world people there don’t care about if the food is organic or not. Their main problem is just to have enough money to buy whatever food is available.

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