The Truth About Organic

The latest organic foods study focuses on nutrition—but that's just a small part of the story.

September 4, 2012
Study Questions Organic
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What is organic food? A recent organic foods study out of Stanford University elicited news headlines like this: Organic Food No More Nutritious Than Non-Organic, Study Questions How Much Better Organic Food Is, and Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce. Those headlines alone may make you wonder, "Is organic really worth it?"

While the study could sway some people to bypass the organics aisle during their next supermarket trip, critics of the study say it fails to address the huge public health perks associated with organic food. "The study highlighted the lack of nutritional differences between organic and conventional foods. We think this is a misleading framework for evaluating the benefits of organic foods," explains Sonya Lunder, senior research analyst at Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog group focused on protecting human and environmental health. "The nutritional component is not the reason most consumers choose organic."

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