Organic No Better For Us Than Conventional Food?

A recent Stanford study concluded that organic foods contained no more nutrients than conventionally farmed foods.  They also found that organic foods contain significantly less pesticide residues than conventionally farmed foods.  But that’s not what the media decided to report! They reported that organic food is no better for us than conventionally farmed foods. Quite different. See my blog below for the real deal!

Read the transcript:

Hi everybody, Dr. Court bringing you another Ninety Seconds of Knowledge. Today we are going to talk about a recent study that came out of Stanford that said organic food is no better than conventional foods. I’ll read you the conclusions of the study here, “The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more
nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticides residues and antibiotic resistant bacteria.”  However, what the media picks up on as evidenced  by this title here from the New York Times, Stanford Scientist Cast Doubt on the Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce. That will go out there into the blogosphere and into everybody’s mind and say that organic food is no better but here’s what you need to consider. Pesticide residues are cumulative. In fact, they found that organic food had 30% less pesticide residue than conventional food and they also noted that there was a 33% higher risk of ingesting antibiotic resistant bacteria in conventional food than organic food.  So, that’s another big point.

This pesticide residue point is the big one however. Pesticide residue exposure is cumulative and just like the evidence of poor dietary choices are not readily available in every person those poor dietary choices and dietary indiscretions add cumulatively.  That results in the chronic diseases that we see such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Your exposure to pesticides may not manifest as problems today, tomorrow, next week or next month but perhaps when you’re in your fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties or nineties. It may manifest then as an issue, so it’s always best to go with organic.

I think there are some serious flaws in this study. Hopefully there will be more study in the future. If you have any questions let us know.
Additionally, check out this downloadable guide to buying produce. This list, compiled by the Environmental Working Group, tells you which foods have the lowest amount of pesticide residue and which have the most.

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