The Myth of Organic

In the past couple of years the organic food craze has grown and grown, but how much healthier is it for you, and is it really worth the extra money. According to a new study conducted by Stanford University the health benefits of organic foods as healthy as everyone makes them out to be. The study examined 240 published studies of populations eating foods from organic and normal diets, and the nutrition of organic vs. normal diets. The conclusion drawn by the study was that there was no real nutritional benefit, or less risk of getting E Coli when eating organic foods. The main difference was that normal raised food has a 30% more chance to have pesticide contamination.

To me this study proves what I have believed all along, that organic food is a product of marketing and does not actually have any added benefits. Although I may not believe in eating organic, I do believe in eating food grown closer to home, if that means eating organic then that is fine. Eating organic food that has traveled from California seems to almost ruin the point because it is no longer the freshest food you can get. To me the idea of eating organic should center around how well the food tastes not on how much better or worse it is for you. Food that tastes better should be the one that is grown closer to home. Working in a grocery store over summer I saw my fair share of produce, both organic and normal, and the prices of the organic food were always much higher than the other produce. To me the FDA and USDA regulate the food industry so much that it is hard to imagine the other produce being much worse than the organic, and therefore not the best value. The one thing our supermarket did was name the farm where the featured produce came from, to ensure that it was fresh, thereby creating a more natural, but not always organic produce isle.

I would recommend people pay attention to this study because it has so many other studies involved in it that it does a great job of randomizing the study. The use of data from other studies helps randomize the research because it uses others peoples minds to create experiments, and the other experiments can help cancel out the mistakes of other experiments.


I have always somewhat thought that organic was not any more healthful than regular produce. But how does produce from farmers markets compare? Also, how many people do still think organic is significantly better? How much more money do these people spend on organic produce?

I absolutely agree that, along with skinny jeans IPods, organic food is extremely trendy. An news article states that at least 70% of Americans go the extra mile to buy organic food that they think has a much greater benefit than regular food, especially regarding fruits and vegetables. Organic food is often priced at least 50% higher than regular food, so is it worth the buy? After reading up a little bit more on the topic, I found that organic foods are often times more apt to have high levels of pesticides, something that you did not mention in your blog. Also, scientists looked at organic milks, a very popular new item. There was little difference in protein or fat content between organic and regular milk. Evidence from a few studies suggested that organic milk may contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Overall, I just find that organic food is not really worth the price.

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