Organic Oreos? A chemist explains what ‘organic’ really means

What do toenail clippers, submarine hulls and waffle irons have in common?

None of the three is organic — yet.

Perplexed? Check this out: The word “organic” now appears prominently on some packages of Oreos and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. No, I’m not making it up. It’s not that any of these tasty delights, when eaten in moderation, is going to put you in an early grave, but if you think because the “magic word” now appears on the package that you will exist for one more healthy second on Earth, you are deluding yourself.

And you are not alone. Market research seems to have reached the conclusion that many people will simply not buy anything that is not organic. So, let’s make everything organic!


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