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Organic Foods are Safer and Healthier than Conventional... True or False?

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  • A recent analysis by Stanford University found that organic foods are safer, and probably healthier, than conventional foods – IF you are of the conviction that ingesting fewer toxins is healthier and safer for you.
  • Organic foods expose you to fewer pesticides – about 30 percent on average. Organic meats also reduce your risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by an average of 33 percent. It claims it did not, however, find strong evidence supporting the notion that organic foods are more nutritious than conventional
  • The analysis has received widespread media coverage, but with few exceptions, conventional media outlets have used it to cast doubt on the value of an organic diet
  • Previous studies contradict this claim, having concluded that organic foods contain greater nutrient content than conventional foods, including organic grains and organic strawberries
  • The sudden concerted effort to “debunk” organics appears to be related to the upcoming California vote on labeling for genetically engineered foods. If you can be convinced organics is a waste of money, you’re less likely to protect the purity of organics by supporting GE labeling

By Dr. Mercola

In the UK, organic food sales have been falling since 2008. The featured commentary discusses whether organic is going "out of style," or if people's tastes and reasoning for going organic are simply changing.

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