I better start at the beginning, as this journey to my “awakening”, and one that hugely affected my business philosophy was not easy.  And it’s likely to become a mini-series that might offend some.  Organic cosmetic makers really aren’t going to like this.  The picture below is baby Katie, (7th grandchild) munching on cheerio’s.  She’s the reason I began to research the organic industry.  She’s now 3, a sweet, happy little girl.  I’ve been babysitting  her at times when my daughter and her husband who are pilots, fly on the same days.  Their regular nanny is a school teacher- so I fill in during those times during the school year. Who else will travel at 5 am on a snowy morning for 45 minutes, to put 2 older girls on the bus, wave bye to two older boys and care for a little one, but a mom, right?  Sometimes those days stretched into consecutive nights because pilots generally go on trips for 3-5 days before they return home.

Baby Katie with a cheerio slipping out of her mouth.

Baby Katie with a cheerio slipping out of her mouth.

When the frozen breast milk ran out, I had to go to the store and buy organic milk.  I was taken aback at the price of 1/2 gallon of milk $4.95.  I wanted to find out exactly what was different about this milk that would justify the price.  I’m a skeptic at heart and love to read product claims.  I asked my daughter why she was using only organic milk and she said she thought it was pesticide-free.  It turns out that’s why nearly all consumers of organic products do so.

I take the science point of view on organic.  Organic = carbon atoms.  Actually all food is organic.  But they’ve co-opted that word to mean something different and it’s turned into almost a quasi-religion.  I have no problems with people who choose to pay for organic.  It’s their wallet.  It’s the predatory marketing I’m opposed to.       The Great Reveal:

The biggest lie ever sold to the American people is that organic products don’t use herbicides, or pesticides, and the organic industry is happy to perpetuate the misconception.

Do they think bugs and weeds magically fly past “organic” crops?  Ha!  All crops are subject to disease and infestation.

The difference is the SOURCE of the pesticide.  Organic pesticides are (with some exceptions) are derived from natural sources. (here comes the naturalistic fallacy again).  A pesticide whether a natural chemical or not, has the same mission: to kill insects or weeds.  The source of the pesticide tells you nothing about toxicity.  Some of the organic natural pesticides can be worse for the environment.  More on that later.  There is no nutritionally significant difference between organic and conventional crops.  Both have pesticide residues well below the threshold for potential harm.  The amounts of synthetic pesticides on foods are far below anything that could even be considered biologically relevant.

There are no outstanding benefits with organic- except the price is higher for those that have money to burn.  It’s all in the marketing.  Take that one step further to topically applied organic products.  Your skin doesn’t care at all about your philosophy, or where the individual ingredients in your face oil came from.  Does it perform any differently?  Someone tell me how!  The sellers of these products try to link it to health on the basis of purity and the underlying presumption that organic means gown without pesticides. So it’s supposed to be safer.  And that’s a lie.  But if it’s keeping you up at night, here’s an idea:  just rinse your produce with dihydrogen monoxide before you eat it!