The Truths and Fables of Organic Food

In the past few weeks, a number of articles have appeared in major U.S. newspapers, from the NY Times to USA Today, questioning the value of organic food. The cursory argument, stemming from a recently published meta-study by Stanford University researchers, is that organic food doesn’t provide any significant nutritional advantage over conventional food, despite typically being more expensive. Even if this finding was universally true, it doesn’t deny the fact that people buy organic food for many other reasons outside of the nutritional benefits it is perceived to offer. This post on Grist.org highlights a number of responses from leading voices such as Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle debunking the claims of this new study.

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