Grocery shoppers ARE faced with a choice every time they shop between organic and conventional products. As they state in the article, the price difference is easy to see, but they proceed to give a "rundown of the evidence on nutrition and contamination levels for organic and conventional products." Basically, they say that if you are paying more for organic milk, produce, meat, eggs, or seafood, you are wasting your money because there is not enough significant difference either in nutrition or in contamination levels to endorse the purchase of organic food.
First of all, you might be interested in knowing that Cargill provides major financing for the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford. Although they are not tied to this study specifically, there is big money tying them to the University. Hmmm...
You also might be interested in knowing that despite all of the hype around the study saying that you shouldn't waste your money on organics, the study actually DOES report that eating organic foods can reduce the risk of pesticide exposure. It also says that eating organic chicken and pork appeared to reduce exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Of course it does! It doesn't take anything more than common sense to know that consuming pesticides isn't good for your body. The EPA website says: "Pesticides can cause health problems, such as birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time. However, these effects depend on how toxic the pesticide is and how much of it is consumed. Some pesticides also pose unique health risks to children."
If you need more reasons to buy organic food, here you go:
And when you're shopping for produce, remember the "dirty dozen" list of foods that are full of pesticides, antifungals and other chemicals. These are the foods where you should always choose an organic option. The "clean 15" is a list of foods that have little or no traces of pesticides and are safe to eat in the non-organic form.
You can download your free printable shoppers guide of the "dirty dozen/clean fifteen" at Food Matters.
I don't always buy organic, but I try to make healthy choices when I can. I'll definitely look for organic options on the dirty dozen, and will print out a copy for my husband, too! Do you shop for organic foods? Which ones? How about meats?
Happy Earth Day!