Organic Food Isn’t Better For Your Health

Gideon M-K; Health Nerd
5 min readJan 25, 2018

Environmentally friendly? Maybe. Healthy? Probably not

Pictured: Stock “Organic Food” photo. Apparently, if it comes in a basket, it’s organic

An ongoing argument that I’ve had with almost every “clean eater” that I’ve ever met is about organic food. Virtually every person who tries to eat healthy, at one point or another, decides to go organic. It’s better for the environment, and getting rid of all those nasty chemicals has to be good for your health.


Pictured: Average farm worker, probably

You see this everywhere. The first thing that every paleo proponent will earnestly tell you is that conventional farming causes everything from cancer to autoimmune disease, and pretty much everything in between. A quick glance online shows you people demonizing GMOs and pesticides left right and centre, with organics apparently the only safe choice in a sea of disease-causing nasties.

Pictured: Wrong

But alarmist fearmongering about nasty chemicals is all the rage, and despite these claims we all seem to be getting stubbornly healthier every year.

So what does the evidence say about organic food?

What Is Organic?

The first thing to iron out is what organic food actually is. This is not such an easy question to answer, surprisingly. Not only does it differ from country to country, but the regulation and monitoring of organics can be so bad that in some places it’s hard to see any difference between conventional farming and organics at all.

However, a pretty useful definition can be found on the website “Healthy Holistic Living”, because it provides a window into the complete nonsense that makes up the health claims for organic foods:

“ Organic foods are produced according to certain production standards. For crops, it means they were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge and that they were processed without ionizing radiation or food additives. For animals, it means they were reared…