Americans, Demand Organic!

So I was dawdling about on Twitter, and I see a tweet from Mark Bittman about the “shocking” (his words) survey just out from Thompson Reuters and NPR Health about organic. What’s so shocking about it? Fifty-eight percent of ALL Americans want organic food!!!!! OK, I’m not going to take credit, but I am going to say…YAY! Hip, hip, hooray!

What’s especially great about the poll is that it shows that it’s not just young people who prefer organic food. (Although the young are even more likely to—62 percent of people under the age of 35, given a choice, prefer to eat organic food.)

What I think is especially reassuring is that the preference for organic food is spread fairly equally across all income levels. So take that, all you people who think organic is too expensive or only for the elites: People at all income levels prefer organic food.  People at all education levels, too. You don’t need a college education to understand that chemical toxins are going to harm you and your children. In fact, 52.7 percent of people with a high school diploma or less of an education prefer organic foods.

What warms my little old heart is that people are finally understanding that the best reason to choose organic foods is to avoid exposure to the toxins in nonorganic food.  That and supporting local farmers are the primary reasons that people say they choose organic foods. They also believe organic is better for the environment. Only 12.9 percent choose it because it tastes better. But everyone knows it does. Well, actually, according to this study there are 12.6 percent of Americans who think nonorganic foods taste better than organic. But I think that might be the 12.6 percent who have never really eaten organic food. They certainly haven’t eaten my cooking!

I am hoping all my slogging about this past year traveling (not to mention airport adventures has made a small dent in raising this awareness. But I’m not looking for credit. I’m looking for the American Government to LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! In this environment in which every dollar matters, our health is worsening, and our environment is precariously teetering on collapse, stop wasting American tax dollars supporting, subsidizing, and encouraging the toxic chemical and GMO farming that are promoted by unethical companies who spread lies and poison around the world in order to line their own pockets. We’ve been ripped off and contaminated long enough.

Trust me, we are still not winning this war being waged against our bodies and our planet. But now we know there are enough people on our side to start to believe that winning is possible. Thank you, America!


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11 Responses to Americans, Demand Organic!

  1. Donna July 27, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Amen sister! 58% – that’s a great – now if the other 42% could just wake up and smell the Round Up…..

  2. Donna in Delaware July 27, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Someday. Let’s keep getting the news out there. It is all that we can do, so that people can make informed decisions. It is catching on, and that is a good thing! Never say die!

  3. Donna in Delaware July 27, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    The problem with home gardening is, when neighbors use herbicides, insecticides and pesticides (especially on windy days) as they often do around here, the drift sticks to your vegetables and herbs. It’s a big problem. The more you tell them to be careful and to not do this, they do it any way, sometimes without thinking of their neighbors, but out of habit.

  4. Carmen Bustamante July 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Can’t write to Kyl nor Macain…they don’t do anything for anybody but themselves.

  5. Debra in Sunny California July 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Thank God!!! YAY! Keep spreading the word! I tell EVERYONE!
    Thank you so much for keeping us posted.

  6. Spreadin' the word in Wisconsin July 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Amen! Someone is finally looking and listening!! I may never understand why it takes such great effort to do the right thing. I always thought that was instinct…apparently greed has become instinct. Keep spreading the word and I’ll keep working on it here. Together we CAN make a difference!

  7. Laura P July 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    It’s so nice to have some good news today!!! If we all keep talking the message will get and we’ll turn the tide on bad food!!

  8. Bobbie D July 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    This is exciting to hear. I had to write an essay on the food epidemic and found some disturbing truths about GM foods. I felt sick about the talk of viruses and allergies. No time for details but wanted to thank u for this 😉

  9. Kathryn Grace July 31, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    This is the best news I’ve heard in weeks. Woohoo! and Woohoo! again. Now if we could just get the mainstream media to make it a story that doesn’t go away, in the best way.

  10. Angela Woodruff September 7, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Hi – this is great news!

    There are a growing number of organic foodies Down Under as well.

    I am so passionate about organics that I have started a website for organic travellers called where I show people where to eat and shop organic in major cities around the world – (28 cities so far!) and the site is proving very popular!


  11. Sally Thierer September 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    This is good news; I’m a totally convinced believer in organic food. The problem is I live in town; Emmaus by the way, Maria, and I do have a garden. And I buy as much meat and dairy organic products as I can, as well as organic baking ingredients, granola, cereal, fruits, etc. The problem is–finding all this wonderful organic foodstuffs. I have a full time job and watch my beautiful granddaughter almost every day. I simply cannot cook from scratch every single day.The local stores are severely lacking in good quality organic food. The grocery stores are catering to a populace suffering from the economic downturn; I’m actually seeing less organic food on the shelves of a certain large grocery chain. Now I am willing to look for organics; but I’m only willing to travel so far to get them. So how do you convert the other 42% when it’s almost impossible to find organic products in the stores?

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