Let me set the record straight and help shed some light on this topic.
Organic food is healthier than non-organic food. (period)
Headlines that tout statements such as “organic foods are no healthier than non-organic foods” are completely and undeniably twisting the facts, so don’t be mislead by them. This study only tested the nutritional content of organic versus non-organic foods and showed that both had similar vitamin and mineral content.
But what the study DOES NOT test are two very important things. The first is the most important reason why I chose to eat organic foods which is that organic foods are grown without chemicals. This study does not test at all what harmful effects could result by eating chemical fertilizers or pesticides. And secondly, this study does not test the levels of anti-aging antioxidants or polyphenols which organic foods are reported to be at 25% higher.
Unfortunately, some people are twisting the results of the study and trying to get you to think that non-organically grown foods are as healthy as organic foods.
The bottom line is this: cancer, autism and other disease rates are skyrocketing higher than ever. Is there a link between eating chemicals and any of these illnesses? We still don’t know. When you have the choice of eating something natural and chemical-free, I personally think it is worth it.
The report, conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) was to clear up the confusion once and for all, whether or not organic foods were better for you than conventional foods. It has the organic world up in arms, and rightfully so. Organic farmers never claimed their apples, lettuce or milk have more vitamins, calcium or iron than apples, lettuce or milk grown using ordinary cultivation methods. What organic cultivators claimed, and still claim, is that their products are grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers, and have no traces of industrial chemicals. Therefore, they are healthier for both the consumer and the planet. And as I mentioned earlier, most people choose organics for what's NOT in/on our foods -vs- what is. If you do a little research and have a browser with google, you can quickly see some of the antics going on between both sides. It's getting pretty nasty and I have a very strong feeling that you haven't heard the last of this study... more info about the FSA and possibly even some dirt about who the FSA also "supports" aka Big Agriculture and conventional commericial farms... And you thought this was all about food!
So until my next rant... keep eating HEALTHY, delicious organic foods! ~Vaughan