Say what you want about organic food production and produce, but proponents of organics can’t claim that organic food is more nutritious. That’s according to a study out of the Stanford School of Medicine, which concluded definitively that organically produced fruits and veggies offered the same level of nutrients.
There are some distinct differences between the two, however, that may or may not sway your decision in choosing to buy (or produce) organic food. One, is price, as organic food is offered at a significant premium to conventionally grown food. The study also confirmed higher levels of pesticide residues on conventionally grown food, but notes that those levels are still well within what’s considered safe.
Perhaps the most telling conclusion to the research is the one not likely to be highlighted or debated; we all need to be eating more fruits and vegetables. Regardless of how the produce is grown, and whether or not it tastes better or is perceived as better for the environment, North Americans need to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Any perceived or real health benefit is moot if we’re not eating enough fresh food.
Do you buy organic? Why or why not?
(Lyndsey here. Editor’s note: About the only organic produce I buy is organic apples, and not because of any perceived health benefit. I like that organic apples are smaller — the perfect serving size for my four year old. Less waste is important in my books.)