05 Sep '12, 10pm

Organic food may not have a big nutritional edge — but how much does that matter?

Organic food may not have a big nutritional edge — but how much does that matter?

The team’s answer to the basic question “Is organic food more nutritious or safer?” is based on their judgment of whether published studies provide evidence of a clinically significant [emphasis his] impact or improvement in health. Yet few studies have been designed in a way that could isolate such impacts. From my read of the same literature, the most significant, proven benefits of organic food and farming are: (1) a reduction in chemical-driven, epigenetic changes during fetal and childhood development, especially from pre-natal exposures to endocrine disrupting pesticides, (2) the markedly more healthy balance of omega-6 and -3 fatty acids in organic dairy products and meat, and (3) the virtual elimination of agriculture’s significant and ongoing contribution to the pool of antibiotic-resistant bacteria currently posing increasing threats to the treatment of human inf...

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