Organic farming skeptics surge
Big organic farming grows as a marketing campaign
Published: Monday, September 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 19:09
Lately, the media has put a spotlight on organic foods, but are they worth it after all? Although studies conducted at Stanford University concluded that consuming organic foods has significant health benefits, many people remain skeptical about the practice. Does incorporating organic foods into your diet really have proven health benefits?
If you choose to go the organic route to help the environment, you might want to reconsider your endeavor. Big organic farms can destroy land just as much as industrial farms and use just as much fossil fuels. Moreover, the media has shed light on organic farms abusing their animals and land. Big organic farming has picked up as a new industry in the country. Essentially, going organic has turned into a trend that big corporations are able to get leverage over.
Traditional organic farming has inevitably become scarcer with the increase in corporate interest. This type of farming has become more of a marketing campaign to keep up an image, yet the regulations are so sparse. On the contrary, local organic farmers are the ones who need our support—they are more environmentally conscious.
Many still remain suspicious about the business of big organic farming. Moreover, the country puts a barrier to the media exposing the industry to an extent by keeping strict regulations as to who can and cannot see animal slaughtering. There needs to be more transparency in the industry so people can make educated decisions about the food they consume. At the end of the day, it is better to educate yourself about your food than blindly believe a label that’s intended to sway you to think you’re being both healthy and environmentally-friendly.