According to a new study led by Crystal Smith-Spangler of Stanford University, organic food may not be any more nutritious than conventionally grown produce and meat. Does that mean that we should give up the organic movement and keep on using pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones and lord only knows what other chemicals to grow our food? The answer is still a resounding no.
According to the same study, Organic pork and chicken were 33 percent less likely to carry bacteria resistant to three or more antibiotics than conventionally produced meat. While more than one third of conventional produce had detectable pesticide residues, compared with 7 percent of organic produce samples. These facts alone give us enough reason to continue the organic movement.
We have learned from reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring the dangers of chemicals and their subsequent externalities. While the benefits of purchasing and ingesting organic food may not be more valuable from a nutrition standpoint, they are healthier from an overall environmental standpoint.
“Organic Food No More Nutritious than Non-organic: Study.” Chicago Tribune. Rueters, 04 Sept. 2012. Web. 05 Sept. 2012. <http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-04/business/sns-rt-us-organicbre883036-20120903_1_organic-food-chensheng-lu-conventional-foods>.