Podcast: NPR’s Intelligence Squared, Is Organic Hype?

“Six debaters, three against three, will be debating this motion: Organic Food is Marketing Hype”

“Now this is a debate, it is not panel discussion or seminar. It is a debate, someone will win and someone will lose.”

That is the intro to the latest debate from NPR’s Intelligence Squared.

I love these debates after picking one up on who is to blame for the Mexican Drug War. They are fun and fascinating, and also heavily liberal.

I do love how they present multiple points of view. They stick to the debate format which includes opening statements, closing ones, and an open question and argue period.

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3 thoughts on “Podcast: NPR’s Intelligence Squared, Is Organic Hype?”

  1. 69% ignorant suckers. Organic uses more land and more labor. Organic does NOT taste better, FRESH tastes better. 99.9% of all the carcinogens that enter your body are naturally occurring, therfore there are NO health benefits to avoiding pesticide residue. Organic food is absolutely not more nutritious. Conventional farmers, according to a study involving 80,000 people that has been ongoing for 21 years now, have a lower incidence of cancer than the general population.

    These are facts. The fact that so many choose to ignore these facts goes a long way toward explaining the popularity of religion. Belief that organic is better is very similar to belief in a bearded old man sitting on a cloud watching us. Natural selection will eventually take care of the suckers.

    1. Fred – I have to question ur first fact. How does organic use more land and labor?

      I was under the impression that 95% of all farmland is conventional. Are you saying that a particular study has shown that organic farms require more land to grow the same amount of crops?

      I was also under the impression that organic farms use more land because they involve things like compost piles, watersheds, and other ecologically sound farming pracictes. Whereas farms that are conventional are sometimes offloading their pollution to other farms.

      Or, are you saying that organic is too hard to certify and so certified naturally grown is better? I hear a lot of farmers say that ensuring the land they own is able to produce every year is more important than organic. They try to keep their farms in balance so it is maximally productive.

  2. Fred – I have to question ur first fact. How does organic use more land and labor?

    I was under the impression that 95% of all farmland is conventional. Are you saying that a particular study has shown that organic farms require more land to grow the same amount of crops?

    I was also under the impression that organic farms use more land because they involve things like compost piles, watersheds, and other ecologically sound farming pracictes. Whereas farms that are conventional are sometimes offloading their pollution to other farms.

    Or, are you saying that organic is too hard to certify and so certified naturally grown is better? I hear a lot of farmers say that ensuring the land they own is able to produce every year is more important than organic. They try to keep their farms in balance so it is maximally productive.

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