Misinformation Abounds

09/18/2012 10:01


Organic foods no healthier than conventional foods” … these are the published headlines all across the usual disinformation outlets:  NPR, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, WebMD and elsewhere … according to the website www.infowars.com.   And these reports are supposedly based on a Stanford University “review”.  See http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1355685


Outline of Facts

First; the Stanford report was a review of previous studies.  It contained no new research. (not mentioned in the headlines)

Second; the report states that there is no evidence of a significant difference in nutrients between organically and non-organically produced foods.  (seems to be the basis for the sensationalized headlines above)

Third; the report does state there was a higher incidence of pesticide contamination in non-organically produced foods.  (Obviously not mentioned in the headlines)

Wikipedia, on organic foods: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_Foods_Production_Act_of_1990


The Study’s Conclusion

“The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”


Now let’s be honest.  If organic foods reduce exposure to pesticide residues and bacteria … and contaminants like that have been proven to be harmful … just how in the world do you get a headline like “Organic foods no healthier than conventional foods”?  Is there a hidden agenda here?  Was it so important to sensationalize the report that they needed to color the facts to make the conclusions by Stanford look like something else?  Also, please note that I highlighted the word evidence in item two above.  When they state there is no evidence of a difference in nutrients … it’s a play on words.  It doesn’t mean there is no difference … it only means no evidence of a difference was presented in the reviewed materials. 


There is an old quote from Black Hawk (an American Indian warrior and chief) that says … "How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right.”


So if our media sources will go to this extent to misrepresent the facts … it poses the question of “why”.  I do not have the room here to chase a conclusion for you.  But my suggestion to you is “follow the money”.  Trace it backwards to the corporations that would benefit from making you think consuming pesticides and other contaminants is OK.


Oops, I almost forgot … check your watch … is it time to wake up yet?