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“Still Over-Selling Organic Foods”

Television and the printed media continue to hype the presumed benefits of “all things organic.”  We are constantly being misled by advertising and shrewd marketing frequently makes fools of us.  In July of 2009, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine investigators stated, “Organic food is no healthier.” They went on to say, “consumers were paying higher prices for organic food because of its perceived health benefits, creating a global organic market worth an estimated $48 billion in 2007.”  After a review of 50 years of reports, experts concluded that organic food had no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food and that a small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs, but these were unlikely to be of any public health relevance.  An October 2012 article published in Pediatrics echoed a Stanford University study released last month. both research groups concluded that while eating organic fruits and vegetables can reduce pesticide exposure, the amount measured in conventionally grown produce was within safety limits. 

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