What if Organic Food Isn’t Healthier

CNN just published an article stating that a British study found organic food to be no healthier than conventional food.

Organic food is no healthier or more nutritious than regular food. But it is more expensive.

That’s according to a study commissioned by the British government and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Researchers looked at 50,000 studies conducted over 50 years — and found no significant differences in the foods. They focused on a wide range of crops and livestock raised and marketed under organic standards.

The few differences they found were about the kind of fertilizer used — like nitrogen or phosphorus — and how ripe the crops were when harvested. They say these differences are unlikely to provide any health benefit to consumers.

This will probably come as a blow to those who shell out a lot of money to buy the more expensive organic products because they think it’s healthier.

Will this change your consumption of organic foods?  Why or why not?

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 2, 2009 at 8:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    I try to buy organic when I can because of the things I’m not getting when I eat organic food; hormones, preservatives, and pesticides.

  2. Donna
    Posted August 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    But if the presence of hormones, preservatives, and pesticides has no impact on the health or nutrition of food, what benefit do you get from avoiding them?

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