He: “What the h**l does ‘organic’ mean?”
She: “It means it grows in the soil.”
When Brenda related this conversation to me I laughed at first. Then I thought, “They don’t know what ‘organic’ means? At their age? Do they live in a cave somewhere?” If this kind of ignorance exists in our media-saturated age, then I’m afraid the organic food movement has a long way to go.
Here’s the dirt on “soil.” It may be fumigated with fungicides and “fertilized” with chemicals made from petroleum. That strawberry you are about to put on your cereal may have been grown in “soil,” but it may also be genetically altered and sprayed with potentially carcinogenic pesticides and herbicides. That tomato you are about to slice may have been grown in “soil” but what was done to the soil it grew in? What was done to it while it was growing? How was it handled after it was harvested? Until you know, do you really want to put that in your mouth?