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If you are confused and second guessing that trip to the health food store to buy your organic food, check out this response to the Stanford study which found no difference in nutrient content between organic and non-organic food. We should choose to buy organic food to reduce our exposure to pesticides and to promote environmental sustainability. Think big picture!
Don't give up on organic food, our experts urge
From: Consumer Reports.org
Sep 5, 2012 10:30 AM
A new review of previous research on organic food is getting a lot of media attention for concluding that the published literature "lacks strong evidence" that organic food is significantly more nutritious than conventionally grown food. But news reports covering the findings may be oversimplifying or distorting what the study really found, according to our in-house experts, and consumers shouldn't be misled into believing that there isn't a benefit to paying more for organics, particularly for certain populations.
The review, conducted by researchers at Stanford University, was a meta-analysis of data from 240 studies comparing organically grown versus conventionally grown food. Seventeen of the studies were done in humans; the rest looked just at the foods themselves. The researchers looked at three main variables: health outcomes, nutrient levels, and levels of contaminants, including pesticide residues. They concluded that "the published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods," though consuming them "may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria."
But the study has serious limitations, several of which the authors acknowledge. Among them:
"Organic was meant as a healthier way of farming that is good for the environment—and that has been proven true," Rangan says. "Fewer pesticides and antibiotics, 100% organic animal feed (which cannot have poultry litter and other animal byproducts), hygiene management on the farm: These are all healthier practices for the environment and in some cases, humans too. In fact, we are learning more and more about the benefits that organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices can have on the health of people."
Bottom line: We stand by our long-held advice. It's worth it to buy organic versions of the foods that are likely to have the highest levels of pesticides when grown conventionally, as well as organic poultry and milk, to reduce exposure to antibiotics. Those choices are especially important for pregnant women and children.
Watch a video about when it pays to buy organic. Learn which items you should buy organic for babies and kids, and which you can skip.
Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives? [Annals of Internal Medicine]
Dr. Meg MacKinnon Naturopathic Doctor