By: Parker Spear, Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living Fall 2012
People have been searching for alternatives in order to deem themselves as “healthy eaters.” As you see more and more, people are turning to grocers such as Whole Food Markets and other organic food stores, offering the finest in natural and organic foods. Reasons for doing so include being healthy, tagged closely along with being environmentally friendly. However, these whole food sellers aren’t always what they seem, and questions arise as to the commitments that they promise.
At what point do these Whole Food Sellers give in? There seems to be a double edged sword when it comes to getting the things people want for the payoff that they expect. In an article explaining why one should buy organic, the author is first to point out the obvious, that organic products are more beneficial to the environment. This can be true, however, not in all instances. Next time you find yourself visiting a Whole Foods Market, notice two things. Many of their products are organic, satisfying the need of being healthy. However, this leads to a misconception that your tomato and other products are healthier and more sustainable for the environment, another tangible you expect from your organic foods. Look at the label and see where that product was made.
“Organic agriculture has been growing rapidly in recent years—by a factor of 10 from 1992 to 2005—but still accounts for a tiny 0.5 percent of total farmland in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).”(Haddad). This highlights the fact that organic farms are hard to come by. Many products are being shipped and transported from far away, disbursing dangerous fossil fuels into the air polluting our earth. So, next time you demand organic foods for the need of being conscious for a greener environment recognize the impact you’re now placing on the planet in order to eat a food that’s supposedly “greener.”
- Haddad, Abigail. “AMERICAN.COM.” The Problem With Organic Food â The American Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. <http://www.american.com/archive/2008/june-06-08/the-problem-with-organic-food>.