Posted by: coastcontact | January 20, 2014

Organic Food – It’s all about the Money

From the USDA National Agricultural Library

“Organic farming entails:
• Use of cover crops, green manures, animal manures and crop rotations to fertilize the soil, maximize biological activity and maintain long-term soil health.
• Use of biological control, crop rotations and other techniques to manage weeds, insects and diseases.
• An emphasis on biodiversity of the agricultural system and the surrounding environment.
• Using rotational grazing and mixed forage pastures for livestock operations and alternative health care for animal wellbeing.
• Reduction of external and off-farm inputs and elimination of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and other materials, such as hormones and antibiotics.
• A focus on renewable resources, soil and water conservation, and management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological balance.”

I am sure you understood the meaning of this double talk. I am especially fascinated with the meaning of “Use of biological control, crop rotations and other techniques to manage weeds, insects and diseases.”


COSTCO has jumped on the band wagon of organic foods. On my last visit they handed me their special offer valid from Jan 13 to Feb 9. It was a catalog of 26 items. All items are marked USDA ORGANIC.

Huffington Post has this headline Organic Food Is Not Healthier Than Conventional Produce: Study.” The report said “Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out – and concluded there’s little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics.”

“Consumers can pay a lot more for some organic products but demand is rising: Organic foods accounted for $31.4 billion sales last year, according to a recent Obama administration report. That’s up from $3.6 billion in 1997.”

No wonder COSTCO has decided to offer organic foods. It’s the money!



  1. I really think that you missed the big picture. What they are advocating is a path away from GMO food and highly toxic pesticide. For myself, I look to see where it is from and try to most times buy locally and yes organic. Maybe I look at it different as I was born on a farm in Eastern Oregon and learned at a young age to value the hard work that small farmers put into their produce and meat and eggs. That is the main difference is that a small farmer and yes an organic farmer will take pride in knowing how to keep the soil with nutrients and to avoid harsh pesticides and antibiotics and growth hormones. Does it have to be more expensive? No, it doesn’t and that we are in agreement with. We should all want food that is grown properly and that has the nutrients and vitamins still in the food. If you grow the same crop over and over in the same soil, you get food that is empty of nutrition and vitamins and that is never good. Its important to not let the ‘agri-corporations’ and monsanto win in their advocation of their GMO foods. It wasn’t double-speak and if you know farming terms then you would better understand what the terms mean, that you listed above. In fact those are some of the things I look for when I shop-

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