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Skeptics Supper Central - Organics

The third Wednesday meetup is a Central meetup at Square 1 Burgers in Sarasota on Tamiami Trail.

The subject this month is Organics. There are lots of products offered that claim the label 'Organic.' Food, clothing, pesticides, cleaners, even cosmetics. What exactly is an 'Organic' product and what are its purported benefits and drawbacks? Do you make a choice to purchase products labeled as organic? 

Let's discuss this subject with a rational, evidence-based mindset and see if organic products are a revolutionary way to grow food and create marketable items, or if it is hype without evidence (and whether the previous phrase is a false dichotomy :) )

More information and links coming soon.

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  • Gale

    Interesting points brought up and discussed tonight. Enjoy listening to lively debate and chipping in my own thoughts. Thanks, all who were part of this gathering - made me think and review my own take on organic vs non.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Pat B.

    Sorry i. Can't attend. Not feeling well,

    February 19, 2014

  • Curt and Gail W.

    Unfortunately our plans changed and Gail and I won't be able to attend tomorrow night.

    February 18, 2014

  • Tiffiney N.

    As some of you know, I've planned on taking the devil's advocate stance, and arguing pro organics for this discussion. However, with each article, video and source that I have found, once I check their sources, it has left me unable to use any of it. The science just doesn't support it for me. I will leave it at that, since I am unable to argue this stance as I had planned. I'm looking forward to hearing YOUR evidence, should you choose the pro organic route though! Please, convince me!

    February 18, 2014

    • robert

      An extensive government funded study showed that the over 100,000 veterans of the first Gulf War who came back with Gulf War Syndrome were sick from the antidote to Sarin, Deet, and insecticides. Insecticides are so pervasive in our work places, homes, restaurants, stores, and hospitals that finding a control group to study is a problem. If you believe the 12 tobacco companies who said that tobacco is neither harmfut to health or addictive then you might be tempted to listen to the petrochemical industry who dominate information on chemicals. The US government agencies tend to assume a product is safe until proven otherwise and leave it up to the manufacturers to prove their product to be unsafe. Any studies showing the health problems relating to chemicals are overwhelmed by corporate

      2 · February 18, 2014

  • robert

    Organics are likely beneficial to people who have
    health problems due to overexposure to insecticides. The petrochemical industry spends a lot of money discrediting the harm caused by their products as all science relating to human products and services is tainted by science for sale.

    February 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      totally agree Robert...

      February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    PS also this video makes all the essential points about organic.... again "Why Organic" by Jim Riddle.. he formally worked for USDA i believe

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I recommend for those who want some good info on organic to watch you tube "Why Organic" by Jim Riddle by Pilgrams Market Store 24:05 mins...check it out if u want really good info about organic

    February 15, 2014

  • Curt and Gail W.

    Gail and I are excited to spend time with everyone. Wish we could make it more often.

    February 13, 2014

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