NEW RESEARCH ON ORGANIC FOOD

Sep 10th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Organic Food Value Questionable

The research hit the news last week.  A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine says there is little evidence that seniors benefit from eating organic food. Researchers reviewed 200 studies that looked ate the differences between organic and non-organic food.  None of the studies found clear-cut evidence that organic food is better for people.

But the studies were very short term for significant research.  They are less than two years in length.  That’s not a very long time on which to base statistically significant research.

And the studies looked at the food, nutrients, levels of pesticide residue and harmful bacteria.  The level of pesticide residue, for example, did not exceed government limits.  But my question is this: Does the residue build up in our bodies over time?  And what does that culmination do to our systems?  Is it possible that longer-term studies will reveal significantly different results?

The Argument for Buying Organic

This senior is going to continue to buy organic.  And here’s why:

  • Organic farming controls pests through the variety of crops it produces.  The fertility of the soil is enhanced with nitrogen-fixing plants and compost.  Not chemicals.  This brings more diverse insects to the fields and less chemicals flowing into streams and drinking water.
  • Organic food tastes better.
  • And most importantly, the jury is still out about long-term effects of pesticide and herbicide buildup in human bodies.

As for me and my family, we’re staying organic.



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