Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Study: Organic foods not more nutritious

A new study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine brings us the news that organically grown food bears no relevant nutritional differences from conventionally grown food. The real news is that anyone might have ever thought otherwise.

When you buy organic, you are plucking a single variable out of a dizzyingly large matrix of environmental, economic and ecological characteristics. What you are paying for is a guarantee that no synthetic pesticides, chemical weed-killers, pre-emptive antibiotics, or soluble mineral salts were used in the production of that food. Such a choice sounds appealing. But it does not guarantee that your food will be, in any way, better-tasting or healthier. It certainly does not guarantee that its production was more energy-efficient. Indeed, it is likely to be much less so.

Check out the full article "More natural doesn't mean more healthy" in the National Post (August 01, 2009)