Organic everything – way beyond chocolate cake

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As we begin our discussion on organic foods, we will address the reasons why so many consumers are willing to pay a premium for these foods.  One of the main reasons is that organic foods are thought by consumers to be healthier than conventional foods.  We will review the actual data on this question, but regardless, this perception certainly exists.

It’s interesting that by attaching an “organic” label to a food, it suddenly becomes healthy.  Cookies, cake, ice cream, candy bars, potato chips – you name it, there is bound to be an organic version.

From the “you can’t make this up” file, there is even organic cigarettes.  Indeed, according to this article published last September, in the tobacco-growing state of Virginia, tobacco has become the main organic commodity produced in that state.  There are now more farms and more sales in Virginia for tobacco than poultry or milk.

Now I know organic versions of wine and beer are available, but as I was writing this I thought what could possibly be next.  Organic marijuana, perhaps?  Sure enough, it’s available in Colorado, Washington and other states where marijuana is legal.

And I thought organic chocolate cake was a bit over-the-top!



  1. I did a research paper in a previous class over organic foods. Lots of different articles and resources said that organic really doesn’t mean anything, and i never thought it did. If you’re picky about where your food comes from and how it was raised, then i could see you being concerned with organic foods, but most people have no idea that they are spending more money for no reason. People are too lazy to get educated on food and nutrition which is why they are confused as to why they are still overweight while munching on organic treats.

  2. People are willing to pay more for the ‘organic’ label, but are they really what as organic as it mean? Some says no, but if they actually do care about their food and health, why not start planting and making their own food? Rather than worshiping the organic label, why not start by plowing your backyard where you can supervise and make sure the food grown are truly healthy.

  3. I come from a culinary background, having gone to school for culinary school, and some of these topics were briefly introduced into the curriculum when I had attended. The labeling of things has gotten out of control in recent years, and advertising, marketing, and public ignorance is the issue. Now you have Cage-free, Natural, and terms like Gluten free that don’t even make sense on some packaging! I recently saw a Pork Butt on sale that was Gluten Free!?! What!?

    1. It’s true, labeling has gotten out of hand and is almost used as a marketing scheme rather than informational. I ate at the East Campus Union on Thursday, and on the dispenser for nacho cheese I noticed that the company had labeled it gluten free. It’s ridiculous.

  4. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t really buy the whole “organic” thing. Sure I think it’s fun to go look around at whole foods and try some of their items, but I don’t buy organic stuff for the sole purpose of it being organic. I haven’t been eating organic stuff all my life, and look, I’m still alive and I’m still healthy! I do buy Horizon organic chocolate milk, but that’s because I’m definitely not a milk drinker and that’s the only kind of milk that I like the taste of. I’m also vitamin D deficient, so I’m pretty much forced to drink the milk.

  5. It is pretty crazy that the organic label can lead consumers to believe almost anything is healthy. It’s common sense to know that cigarettes are bad for you, but even reading the post I began to think that “organic” cigarettes had to be somewhat healthy right? It is incredible that one word can completely change the perception of something from very bad to good.

  6. I can’t believe so many people think that just because something says “organic” on it that it’s 100 times better for you. Honestly, I think it’s a bit crazy that people think all of these things without doing any research. Also, I find it hard to believe that people would rather spend more money on a product just because of the fact that it says “Organic” rather than saving a few dollars by buying the same non organic product.

  7. This story, while upsetting is not that surprising to me. I think that a lot American consumers will buy into any label as long as it won’t take up their time to read it. More and more our populace is going off of public cues and endorsements rather than reading into the issues and forming their own opinions.

  8. With the gradual development of the organic food industry, I believe that the factory will pruduce more and more organic food, so the price of organic food will tend to decline.

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