ABC World News: New Study Says Organic Food Has The Same Nutritional Value. Why Pay More?

Is Organic Worth The Money9-3-2012 The ABC World News Consumer Watchdog segment investigated the question, “Is the higher cost of organic foods worth it?”  ABC’s Sharyn Alfonsi says No! She says that a new study shows that going organic may not be worth the sometimes 50% increased price tag. She said that Stanford researchers went through 200 previously published studies to find out if organic produce was more nutritious.  What they found was that organic vegetables scored equal on vitamin and mineral content as conventional produce.  But is organic food safer?

Alfonsi says Yes!  She says the study found organic produce is 30% less likely to have pesticide residue although organic produce is not pesticide free. Still the study say all the produce, conventional and organic, had levels of residue that were well within what is considered safe.

Christine Bushway of the Organic Trade Association says “The organic consumer has a different viewpoint on what’s safe and wants to avoid pesticides as much as possible.”

Sharyn Alfonsi says people eat organic for all kinds of reasons, but if you want to avoid pesticides, one tip is if you have produce with a skin that you are going to take off like a potato, you really don’t have to buy organic.

Organic farmer, Zaid Kurdieh of Norwich Meadows Farm says “ organic does not guarantee that the nutritional value is going to be any higher, organic is how you grow it. I eat the stuff and I know because I can taste it!”

What does Dr. Oz have to say about this?

 

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