Organic Food No Better for You
Study finds no nutritional benefits
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2012 1:22 AM CDT
Updated Sep 4, 2012 4:33 AM CDT
Organic radishes at the Pacifica Farmers Market in Pacifica, California.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – There's no question that organic food is better for the planet, but there's no evidence that it's better for the person eating it, according to a new study. Scientists analyzed four decades of research, and found that organic meat and produce have no more nutritional value or other health benefits than conventional—and cheaper—foods, reports the New York Times. Much more pesticide residue was found in conventional fruits and vegetables, but only three of the 237 studies analyzed found residue above allowed limits.

"When we began this project, we thought that there would likely be some findings that would support the superiority of organics over conventional food,” says the lead researcher. “I think we were definitely surprised." But organic food advocates say that some of the study's findings, including the higher levels of pesticide residue, validate consumers' decisions to buy organic, and note that the organic food movement started out as a way to help the environment, reports USA Today. "The health benefits really ended up being almost inadvertent, a nice fringe benefit" of sustainable farming, says a scientist at Consumers Union.

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rambo
Sep 4, 2012 9:50 PM CDT
this study was brought to you by Monsanto....
TexChick_13
Sep 4, 2012 2:46 PM CDT
The accompanying quote sums it up: "There isn't much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you're an adult and making a decision based solely on your health." - Dena Bravata, senior author of the study and a physician at Stanford's Center for Health Policy1. "not much difference" does NOT equal "no difference." I find value in what you may consider "negligible" benefits.2. not every consumer is an adult. As a parent, I buy organic milk & other products for my children because studies indicate that the pesticides and hormones can be harmful to growing bodies.3. few adults make this "decision based solely on [their] health." I recognize that destroying our home planet is short-sighted. Poisoning the earth, water, and sky is, frankly, suicidal.Organic agricultural practices are a step in the right direction, but are by no means the one & only solution.
HANKHILL
Sep 4, 2012 1:56 PM CDT
i told you so!