Study: Pricey Organic Food Offers Minimal Benefits

by Angela Nazworth | September 4, 2012 2:27 pm

Study: Pricey Organic Food Offers Minimal Benefits

TheĀ  $31 billion organic food industry has been booming in the U.S.[1], but do organic food items offer major benefits? According to a new study, not so much.

The study results released Monday by a team of doctors from Standford University suggest that organic foods aren’t more nutritious than non organic items, nor do they provide substantial health benefits, The Associated Press[2] reports.

“I was absolutely surprised (at the study results),” Dr. Dena Bravata, a senior research affiliate at Stanford, told the AP.

Bravata said that while there are many reasons why people may choose organic foods over conventional foods, — environmental concerns, hesitations about antibiotics and chemicals, and taste preferences to name a few — “there isn’t much difference.”

But before you write off buying organic foods, it’s important to note that the survey did find that bacteria found in non organic chicken and pork were 33% more likely to resist multiple antibiotics.

That’s important, because bBetween 2000 and 2010, The Center for Science in the Public Interest, recorded 24 food-poisoning outbreaks linked to multidrug-resistant germs.

You can read the AP’s full report about the study at www.AP.org[3].

Endnotes:
  1. organic food industry has been booming in the U.S.: http://investorplace.com/2012/08/healthy-food-stocks-will-continue-to-deliver-wfm-hain-unfi-tfm-bnny/
  2. The Associated Press: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/study-questions-how-much-better-organic-food#overlay-context=article/ap-photos-many-roles-michael-clarke-duncan
  3. www.AP.org: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/study-questions-how-much-better-organic-food#overlay-context=article/ap-photos-many-roles-michael-clarke-duncan

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