Part 2 was about organic products that have this ‘one weird trick’ to make people think they’re pesticide-free.  In terms of how this relates to cosmetic ingredients, it’s ironic the way petroleum products are demonized, as seen on the (natural /organic crowd) websites who proudly state they’re “petroleum-free”.  Yet mineral oil is used as an organic pesticide!

“We found the mineral oil organic pesticide had the most impact on the environment because it works by smothering the aphids and therefore requires large amounts to be applied to the plants.”  “Compared with the synthetic pesticides, the mineral oil-based and fungal products were less effective because they also killed ladybugs and flower bugs, which are important regulators of aphid population and growth”  “Ultimately, the organic products were much less effective than the novel and conventional pesticides at killing the aphids, and they have a potentially higher environmental impact. In terms of making pest-management decisions and trying to do what is best for the environment, it’s important to look at every compound and make a selection based on the environmental impact quotient rather than if it’s simply natural or synthetic. It’s a simplification that just doesn’t work when it comes to minimizing environmental impact.”

As a side note- potassium salts of fatty acids (the liquid soaps some makers sell as body wash) are used as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and algecides on organic farms.

Another claim is organic farming is sold as good for the environment.

This is correct for a single farm field: organic farming uses less energy, emits less greenhouse gasses, nitrous oxide and ammonia and causes less nitrogen leeching than a conventional field. But each organic field yields much, much less. So, to grow the same amount of wheat, spinach or strawberries, you need much more land. That means that average organic produce results in the emission of about as many greenhouse gasses as conventional produce; and about 10 per cent more nitrous oxide, ammonia and acidification. Worse, to produce equivalent quantities, organic farms need to occupy 84 per cent more land – land which can’t be used for forests and genuine nature reserves”.

organic farming methods

Old farming methods won’t feed the world’s hungry population of 9 billion.

A few takeaways:

All pesticides and fertilizers are chemicals.

All farmers protect the ecosystem and conserve natural resources. Otherwise they’d go out of business.  They use only the smallest amount of pesticides-they’re expensive!

Today’s synthetic pesticides are safer than the old ones, have the ability to kill only the target insect- not the beneficial ones.  They are highly regulated and food is monitored for residues.

Modern conventional agriculture maximizes yields and thus reduces the amount of land needed to produce food.  It has evolved from organic farming more than a century ago- 19th century farming methods don’t make food healthier or better for the environment.

Organic produce yields are frequently very low requiring greater land usage and there is evidence that organic farming is causing rapid deforestation, which does not protect the ecosystem.

GMO’s are not ingredients, it’s a breeding method.  The science is solid on the safety of GMO’s.  The report is 388 pages, took two years to conduct, involved over 50 researchers, looked at 900 studies, and analyzed 20 years of data.

The bottom line is GMO produce and organic produce are equally safe.  But I gotta say, if you hold out 2 apples in front of me, and one is $1.00, and the other is $2.00, you better have some science-based, measurable, peer-reviewed, hard evidence as to why I should pay double.

I see ads & sales hype featuring organic ingredients stating “organic skin care products work better and are better for you” (In what way?).  AND THEY STOP RIGHT THERE.  It’s just an opinion.  There’s no science to back it up.  That’s why I’m done buying organic ingredients.  There’s no benefits over conventional ingredients- and I’m not about deceiving my customers.