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10-13-12, 06:37 PM
Richard Schiffman (http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=46907&Itemid=252), Truthout | Op-Ed
Saturday, 13 October 2012

A new approach to agriculture that combines the best in industrial production with organic and sustainable practices is the key to meeting the changing needs of a changing world, where resources are rapidly depleted by a growing population.

"Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?" is the title of a controversial report released last week by Stanford University's Center For Health Policy (http://truth-out.org/%20http:/courantblogs.com/dan-haar/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/StanfordOrganicStudy.pdf). The study concludes that there is "little evidence of health benefit" from eating organic food (http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/september/organic.html)." The meta-analysis of more than 200 separate studies found that organic products were no more nutritious - based on vitamin and mineral content - than conventionally-grown meats and vegetables.

The press weighed in with a bewildering range of instant reactions. The New York Times published an op-ed (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/opinion/roger-cohen-the-organic-fable.html?_r=0) disparaging the "fad" in buying organic, claiming that it offered "no obvious health benefits" over cheaper conventionally-produced foods and calling it an "elitist, pseudoscientific indulgence shot through with hype."

The LA Times, on the other hand, pointed out in an editorial that the study largely ignored the ill effects of pesticide residues on conventionally-grown produce, and the hormones and antibiotic-resistant bacteria that taint factory-farmed meat and poultry (http://truth-out.org/%20http:/articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/05/opinion/la-ed-organics-20120905). It also failed to look at processed foods, the health impact of the chemical food additives, dyes, preservatives and genetically modified foods which are allowed in conventional products, but not in those which are labeled "organic."

Read more: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/12018-only-organics-can-feed-the-hungry-world-heres-why

10-13-12, 07:26 PM
Excellent article — he is spot on!