04 Sep '12, 9pm

Asking if Organic Food is Just Better For Your Health Isn't the Right Question

Asking if Organic Food is Just Better For Your Health Isn't the Right Question

All day I've been mulling over the Stanford study on the benefits of organic foods on individual health , sort of dreading everything about it—especially the tedious public reaction and inevitable debunking and parsing of what was allowed into it, what was left out, and what should've or could've been. Earlier today on TreeHugger Melissa wrote about one aspect of the study that has mostly gotten buried in the coverage: That pesticide exposure is much reduced when you eat organically-raised food . Whatever there comparative nutrient differences between organically and petro-chemically raised foods, it certainly seems that lower exposure to pesticides is a good thing. But this is just a hint of what I think the major shortcoming in all this is, particularly in much of the reporting: It's a fundamental mistake to look at the benefits of organic agriculture on individual healt...

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