About “organic” in general

Why I think “organic” was the worst idea ever to name products of “not using artificial chemicals in the growing of plants and animals for food and other products” (Cambridge dictionary).

Oh don’t worry, there will be more, like paleo as well, but let’s start with this one.

First of all, because you took a word, twisted its meaning and now, there cannot be a normal conversation between a life scientist and a layman about any topic in general.

So let’s take a look, what a dictionary says about a word: organic

organic adjective (LIVING)

  • being or coming from living plants and animals
  • ​formal (of a disease or illness) producing a physical change in the structure of an organ or part of the body

organic adjective (CARBON)

  • ​specialized chemistry (of a chemical substance) containing carbon”

(source: Cambridge dictionary)


archaic : instrumental
a : of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organ organic changes in emotion
b : affecting the structure of the organism an organic disease
a (1) : of, relating to, or derived from living organisms organic evolution (2) : of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides organic farming organic produce
b (1) : of, relating to, or containing carbon compounds organic solvents (2) : relating to, being, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with the carbon compounds of living beings and most other carbon compounds studied organic chemistry in college
a : forming an integral element of a whole : fundamental
incidental music rather than organic parts of the action — Francis Fergusson
b : having systematic coordination of parts : organized an organic whole
c : having the characteristics of an organism : developing in the manner of a living plant or animal society is organic
: of, relating to, or constituting the law by which a government or organization exists”

First known use: 1509


: an organic substance: such as
a : a fertilizer of plant or animal origin
b : a pesticide whose active component is an organic compound or a mixture of organic compounds
c : a food produced by organic farming”

First known use: 1840

I don’t say, language does not change. Language does change, a lot, especially English. We use words with different meaning than before.
My problem is, that now, someone took a word, which was STILL in use with its original meaning and changed it and started to use for something else and now when you talk with non-scientist layman, it is impossible to have a normal conversation without getting into an argument with the person about “the new meaning of organic is not the only and true meaning of that word”.

Seriously, I am not even joking about that. I am working with people for 4 years now, I have a daily battle due to their lack of knowledge about general, everyday science.

After 2 sentence into the conversation, they are throwing words at me which is clear for me, that they have no idea what they are talking about. Shocking and sad. I am labeled as a liar, a puppet of the poisoning government, because they have read something on the internet from a person, who doesn’t know basic science. Very reassuring. And you are asking why is there a need for a march for science.

Don’t worry, we are going to have a deeper discussion about organic farming and food, just to keep your anger busy. Here’s some nice organic stuff for you in the meantime. 🙂



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