The next big moneymaking scheme: Organic Food?


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For the last few years, many people have been making claims about organic food being superior.

"There are more nutrients in my organic apple than your chemical-doused apple!"

"It costs more because it's better!"

"You are what you eat, you pesticide!"

While some "organic only" eaters may not be so loudmouthed, they still have similar beliefs about the food they choose to eat. 

Scientists at Stanford University recently discovered that organic fruits and vegetables did not contain more nutrients than conventional produce.  Also, there was the same probability that they could be contaminated by dangerous bacteria.  Along with fruits and vegetables, researchers also found that there were no health advantages in organic meats and any antibiotic-resistant bacteria in any type of meat would be killed during cooking. (NYtimes.com)

While inorganic produce did have more pesticide residue, the levels were almost always under the safety limits.  Also, organic items had small levels of pesticide simply because of neighboring farms. 

 

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Organic Tomato      vs      Regular Tomato

 

 

Do you think organic foods are simply a way to make money off of health conscious people?

 

 

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/science/earth/study-questions-advantages-of-organic-meat-and-produce.html?_r=0

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Caitlyn,

I am so glad you wrote an article on this! I have just recently moved back to the states from Shanghai, China and have actually been trying to eat more organic food because rumor has it - it is better for you. I have not been in the states long enough to form my own opinion on the organic craze, but I am glad I stumbled on your blog post. I was very interested in your findings that there is no true difference between organic foods and inorganic foods. Your ending question about producing organic foods as a business rather than benefitting societies health made me think that maybe organic food aids society in a different way.

I found an article (http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-206) that lists the top ten reasons to support organic in the 21st century. Most of the reasoning to go organic has nothing to do with health. Do you think it is still worth going organic to support the environment rather than going organic to better my health?

Interesting post!

Alex

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