No, Organic Food Is Not Better, But Yes, It Does Cost More
Sometimes you don’t get what you pay for, such as when you pay more for organic food with the expectation that it will be better for your health. Researchers at Stanford University recently reviewed all of the authoritative studies on the benefits of organic food conducted since 1966 (they came up with 17 studies involving people and 223 studies of contaminants and nutrients in food), and they found no clear benefits of eating organic food. Note well, none of the studies involving people followed the people for more than two years, so any long-term health benefits would not be apparent. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, did find less pesticide contamination in organic food, but the researchers don’t know if the amounts found are dangerous. National Public Radio reports that one revelation that complicates the results is that, from a nutritional perspective, all vegetables are not created equal. Some are packed with nutrients, and some are not, and it often makes no difference if they were grown organically. Read more from NPR. Read the study here.