Study: Organic Produce No Healthier Than Conventional Produce
(photo courtesy of the Indiana Department of Agriculture)
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine points out that organic produce has no more vitamins or minerals than produce grown the conventional way.
Purdue Food Toxicology Professor Charles Santerre says sometimes pesticides are safer for food. He says plants have their own natural defenses and some of the chemicals plants produce are toxic. Santerre says he doesn't buy organic because they aren't safer or more nutritious. He says to base buying organic on quality, not safety. Santerre says there is also a greater carbon footprint for organic production.
President of Good Earth Natural Foods, Rudy Nehrling disagrees. He says pesticides, fungicides and other chemicals don't just stay on the plant, they run off into the soil and into our water. Nehrling says a Stanford study followed pregnant women and found higher amounts of pesticides and herbicides in the mother's milk and were directly linked to lower IQ rates in the children over a 10 year period.
Santerre says organic crops will be inferior to genetically enhanced crops will be inferior nutritionally and from a safety perspective.