What are your thoughts on this article and their methodology? Reasons for/against organic food. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/organic-food-no-healthier-non-organic-study-210536314.html
That said, it seems to say the vitamin and nutrient content is no different. It seemed to say that organic grown produce was less likely to have pesticides, and organic meat was less likely to have antibiotic resistant bacteria. So, duh. I see this as obvious in all ways.
Didn't seem to even look at the difference between grass fed, pasture raised, free range, etc. vs conventional confined operations. I think this would have been worth including in a comprehensive study.
Nobody claims organic produce have more vitamins. And, why should they? Vitamins are used by plants in cellular metabolism, just how they are used in animals. But, both organic and conventional plants, well, metabolize... So, they should have about the same amount of vitamins.
On the other hand, organic produce are under heavier assault from pests so they would be expected to have more natural pesticides, like polyphenols. Many people think polyphenols are healhy, at least as eaten in fruits and vegetables. But, this study doesn't seem to have tested polyphenol content, which would be the obviousl thing to test since it is what you would expect to be different.
Of course, (conventional) pesticide and fertilizer residue is also a key point of difference and another reason why organic produce is better.
Many of the important questions were not asked. What's missing, as in toxic substances is a big issue. Other concerns are micro-nutrients they may not even know to look for that are present in natural growing conditions.
What we drink and put on our skin, breathe in the air, how much sun damage we get and how much alcohol we drink has a worse affect on our health than occasional pesticide residue. Washing your veggies and fruits with a vinegar or lemon-juice based cleanser is the best way to remove the toxic cooties.
Very good analysis of this study by "Ask Dr. Dawn"--http://www.askdrdawn.com/askdrdawn.php (Part 2 of Interview with Dr. Mark Houston at about the 32 minute mark.
She points out that the study question was whether organic food was more NUTRITIOUS, not whether it was safer (fewer pesticides and hormones), more sustainable, etc.
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