According to a recent study at Standford University, organic foods are not much healthier

Study Shows Organic Foods Are Not Much Healthier

According to a recent study at Standford University, organic foods are not much healthier

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People who often cite their loyalty to organic products — which are significantly priced higher than other foods — as being a healthier option are wrong. Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out — and concluded there’s little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics. The study was conducted after numerous patients asked them if eating organic products was the healthier food option.

I was absolutely surprised,” said Dr. Dena Bravata, a senior research affiliate at Stanford and long-time internist who began the analysis because so many of her patients asked if they should switch. Dr. Bravata stressed that there are many reasons why someone might choose organic foods over conventional foods, but when it comes to individual health, there isn’t much difference between the two. Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides by 30%, including for children — but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits, the researchers reported Monday. The organic food failed to  prove more nutritious. The one notable difference that Dr. Bravata’s team discovered is organic foods proved to be more resistant to antibiotic-resistant germs than conventional products; however, the bacterial contamination of food are the same whether or not the product is organic. During their testing, the researchers found that bacteria in non-organic chicken or pork had a 33% higher risk of being resistant to multiple antibiotics. The report was released on Monday in the journal of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Organic foods account for 4.2% of retail food sales, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It certifies products as organic if they meet certain requirements including being produced without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, or routine use of antibiotics or growth hormones. Consumers can pay a lot more for some organic products but demand is rising: Organic foods accounted for $31.4 billion sales last year, according to a recent Obama administration report. That’s up from $3.6 billion in 1997.


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  1. Mrsbrown at 12:26 pm

    If anyone believes this hogwash the media is trying to put out there they’re unfortunate.. Let me assure everyone this is simply the media trying to as always mislead people because they wnt to continue shoving genetically modified food down people’s throat!!!!!!!!! PLEASE BE WISE PEOPLE..

  2. Derrick at 6:13 pm

    The BEST food, vegetables and fruits to buy are from the Amish folks!!! Organic food is not ‘organic’ anymore; or never has been!

    The F.D.A. [Food & Death Administration] is putting all kinds of chemi(kills) in our foods, and food from Canada ARE NOT EVEN CHECKED!!! We don’t know what we are eating, this is why I soak ALL of my meats in water, vinegar and milk OVERNIGHT, which draws the blood out of these animals.

    ALL dis-eases are caught through the blood! When the blood is tainted in an animal, that means your blood will be tainted from eating that meat! This is why I don’t OVERstand, why caucasoids can eat RARE STEAK with blood running out of it, BUT are healthier than us? SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT!

    The F.D.A. is using the media, so big government can take over the food supply, which means farmers will not be able to raise their own food supply!!! I heard 3 years ago, that farmers will not be able to buy seeds to grow their vegetables, and from t he looks of thing; time is running out!

    All of these man-made hurricanes and storms are destroying the land, cattle and crops, to put farmers out of work, so the government can take over. Who does these people have to turn to, when their property is ruined…the government!!!!


  3. Eileena at 9:35 am

    I”m not buying it. I can only speak for myself. I feel much better eating organic food and it is not all in my head. God’s food unprocessed is better for you and without the bug spray being absorbed into it. That bug spray kills living organisms. Aren’t our cells living organisms? This is not rocket science.

  4. CoCo at 12:54 am

    ummmm I never thought there was a question about nutritional value I was always seeking a more naturally grown product free of harmful pesticides!!!!

  5. John Burns at 1:46 am

    To say Organic food no healthier than non-organic is really not to face reality. Many non-organic foods have already been proven to be hazardous to the health of animals and humans. In fact, animals after eating GMO grains have been known to become sterile. In January 2011 and May 2012, thousands of farms in the U.K. were banned from being sold because pigs, organic eggs, pork and milk products were contaminated with Dioxin, which causes cancer.

    Scientists have also proven, the gene manipulation of GMO foods has created an increase in food borne illnesses and allergies in humans. They have also proven animals, which consumed GMO Grains, have become sterilized. So this idea that Organic Food is no healthier than Non-GMO Food is not true.

    We each can draw our own conclusions, but this idea is simply not true, but it’s really up to you to believe it, or are willing to research on your own.

    1.Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, by Jeffrey M. Smith
    2.Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food, Lisa H. Weasel
    3.Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, Jeffrey M. Smith
    4.GMO Free: Exposing the Hazards of Biotechnology to Ensure the Integrity of Our Food Supply, Mae-Wan Ho, Lim Li Ching.
    5.DVD, Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food,
    6.DVD, Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals,
    7.DVD, The Future of Food, Deborah Koons Garcia.

  6. Val Desorbo at 8:26 am

    armers who grow organic produce and meat don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease. For example, rather than using chemical weedkillers, organic farmers may conduct more sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay. ,;`:

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  7. Walter BlackBond Cobb at 12:55 pm

    Now I am completely confused. The title has a nice shock value but the information provided in the article shows just how much better going organic is. it states that the germs in non organic chicken and pork has a 33% higher chance at being resistant to antibiotics. so that's not healthier? organic foods lower exposure to pesticides by 30%. especially for kids who have an more under developed immune system. THAT's NOT SIGNIFIGANT? Oh because the conventional foods are within government stated safety limits? anyone with intelligence knows the usda is a joke and at the mercy of the food industry. the same people who approve allowable amounts of CHEMICALS in food also approve the drugs to treat us. SMH. if organic only accounts for 4% of sales at $31 billion just know how massive the food industry is. this article is very irresponsible to me and it is not the first article on here that I have thought this about. I guess the "black media outlets" are no better. this will be the last article I read here. JUST LOST A READER.

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