Aside from the obvious facts of pesticide-use and chemicals, conventional food is a poor choice, as well. Thomas Dobbs is an economist promoting sustainability without agri-lobbying. He says, “We’re already paying [as much as organic costs] – or more – for supposedly cheap food”. According to Harrison, it’s in hidden costs. Food conventionally produced is heavily financed by the government in our country. Conventional produce is unrealistically cheap.
Today, organic food evokes the image of well endowed socialites who shop daily at Whole Foods. The only bad press headline the grocery chain has received is, “Whole Foods [also known as] “Whole Paycheck”. According to Pollan, high cost seems to be the driving factor in today’s organic market.
In an article released in The Consumer's Medical Journal, “On October 26, 2005, Congress voted to weaken the nation’s organic food standards”. Heavy pressure from the OTA (the Organic Trade Association) and other food companies and producers have been urging congress to repeal the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) that states synthetic materials are not to be used in organic food production.
After the first few years of the movement, organic food slowly gained popularity as a mass market production. It’s no secret that organic food is a fast growing multibillion dollar industry. Now 30 years later, according to Harrison, “Organic sales are growing by about 20 percent a year”. To meet these demands, the USDA created a set of standards for organics in 2002.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy surrounding organic standards. When you pick up a product in the store and read the logo “USDA organic”, there is no guarantee its 100% organic. Your best bests are to look for the “Oregon Tilth Certified” and “QAI” (Quality Assurance International) labels on a product’s packaging.
Is organic food unreasonably high priced? Or is conventional food unreasonably low priced? It’s a question everyone wants the answer to. Why is organic food so expensive? If we had the answer to this controversial question, there would finally be peace in the hearts of all the healthy foodie-enthusiasts and all would be right in their world. It would satisfy the minds of millions of consumers in America and let the big organic company (or small organic company, for that matter) feel guiltless selling their food at such a steep price.
Is Maloney a bunch of baloney? Field Maloney is on the editorial staff of The New Yorker, as well as a contributor to the web based periodical: Slate Magazine. The article: “Is Whole Foods Wholesome?” by Maloney appears on Slate.com. In this argument, Maloney writes about organic food, as well as the organic and eco friendly grocery chain—Whole Foods.
Maloney claims in his argument there are dark secrets, hidden behind the organic food trend. He states Whole Foods keeps dark secrets of their own, when he talks about the way they advertise to their customers. Maloney also pipes up with his opinion on the fate of organic food, as well as companies that are beginning to follow the organic food trend.