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9.07.2012

Are organics healthier?

Does it really matter?

Or, at least, does it really matter what the Stanford study said?

The answer among the organic eating community is a resounding no.  You may be thinking we're all just stubborn and pig-headed (which may be true...), but it's really because most of us feel that the study either
  • misses the point.  OR
  • is altogether flawed, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Most say it misses the point.  That they buy organic not because of higher nutritional value, but because they want to avoid pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and GMO's.  Or they buy organic because it's better for the planet. 

Others say the study is flawed.

Mother Jones found several flaws.
Prison Planet did some leg work finding the funding behind the study (conflict of interests much??).
The Huffington Post also picks apart the study (and the article was also printed in Prevention).

I say both.  I don't only eat organic food because it is nutritionally superior, I eat it to avoid undesirable substances like pesticides and GMO's.  But I do still think that organic is generally more nutrient rich than conventional.

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