Newsflash: “Organic food has no nutritional benefit!”

…so this is what the latest review is telling consumers.  My first reaction sounded something like this: “AUGGGHHHHH!!!!!”  My second reaction was: “Well, what about the rest of the story?”

fruit-shopping1In summary, this conclusion was the result of a British review of studies held over the past 50 years.  It states that organic and non-organic foods possess the same nutritional content and therefore there is no superiority in organically grow produce.

Now first of all… I would consider the inclusion of studies that are 30, 40, 50(!) years old fairly irrelevant at this point. But what bothers me more is what this study DOES NOT include.

At no point does it ever address the real reason organic foods are important.  I can honestly say that I have NEVER purchased organic foods because I had some expectation of nutritional superiority. I do not buy these foods for what they contain… I buy them for what they DO NOT contain

What organic foods DO NOT contain are the herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals that are sprayed on the crop… chemicals that are harmful to both us and the environment.  It’s that simple.  If you have been buying applezorganics for some other reason, then you’ve been buying them for the wrong reason.  I’m buying them to prevent my family from consuming chemicals while they are consuming the foods that have a high nutritional value, regardless of the value (especially if they are equal!).  And our children are the most vulnerable when it comes to consuming these chemicals.  What it also does not mention is that the presence of pesticides can actually block the absorption of nutrients, so then doesn’t this automatically make the amount of nutrients irrelevant if they can’t be properly absorbed?!?

In my opinion, this result is misleading and irresponsible.  It’s only half the story.

You can decide for yourself, but my opinion has not been swayed one inch.  It’s not about non-organic vs. organic, it’s about chemical vs. non-chemical.  Which one would you rather give to your child?

We respect your email privacy

Please Support My Book: Save Green While You Go Green

23 Eco-Friendly Ways To Save Money While You Save The Planet

"Going green" has always been a part of my daily life. It began, as a little girl, when I helped my mom gather the recyclables and deliver them to a recycling center. It continues today, as a mom myself, when I teach my own children those same responsible virtues.

There are so many more facets of going green in the modern day, and the definition of the term reaches far beyond simple recycling. But going green isn't just about installing solar panels on your rooftop... it's about all the little choices that make the biggest difference. From food choices, to cleaning your home, to saving money on your monthly utility bills and consumption; the choices are vast.

However, there is a popular misconception that "going green" will "cost you green." We're inundated with green products, eco-friendly formulas, organics and mountains of options, making it seem that going green is an investment rather than an opportunity.

Well, I'm here to help dispel that myth and actually show you all of the ways you can live green, keep your family healthy, and benefit the environment without sacrificing anything, including your money.

When you make wise choices to gain the most benefit, relieve the burden on the environment, and save money to use elsewhere, everyone wins. You've already taken the first step. You've come here for help to make it happen.

Put these tips into action, and you will soon find that you can "save green" while you "go green"!

9 thoughts on “Newsflash: “Organic food has no nutritional benefit!”

  1. My thoughts exactly. I especially love the headlines that are put over this study “‘Organic’ May Not Mean Healthier”. Well, it may not mean containing more nutrients, but that’s not the only measure of healthy! It really bothers me to see this kind of research receiving so much press. They didn’t mention who funded the study. Another report says it was commissioned by the British government’s Food Standards Agency. So basically the FDA or the agriculture department. I wonder if they also received any funds from say, Monsanto and the like?

    I saw another study get a lot of press that said there were germs in our kitchens and we should use disinfectant cleaners and disposable wipes. The research was funded by Lysol. Hmm.

  2. Gus – you are absolutely right. I DO wonder who funded the study. It’s a bit mysterious, isn’t it?… I think the answer would be fairly telling. How you can discuss organics without mentioning the “non-chemical advantage”?

  3. After looking at your site, I was inspired. I have to admit that I recalled the organic fruits and vegetables at my grocery store never quite looked as pretty as the “regular” stuff. But I went and picked up organic grapes (which were cheaper than the others), a couple of apples, and headed for the milk. It hurt, but I picked up the organic 2% milk. My son is a huge, or I should say was, a huge milk drinker. So when the gallon was just about $6.00 rather than the under $2.50, it hurt. But I thought, you know, he doesn’t drink milk like he use too, so we’ll give it a try. I’ve always have been concerned about steroids in meats, but hadn’t really thought about it in milk. I bought the $6.00 gallon of milk, and it is almost gone! I haven’t said a word about it, but I have found that Blake is asking for it more than normal. So last night when I pulled out my organic grapes and told my husband they were organic, he said “I’m glad you said that, I heard on the radio today that a group in England said that there wasn’t any difference between organic stuff and everything else, there’s not enough pesticides on them to make a difference”. I told him that in itself didn’t make sense. I had all ready looked into the milk issues, and many of the diary farmers say the same thing. I am sure if you only had one glass of milk a year it wouldn’t make a big difference, but I have a boy that would drink it all day long if I’d let him.

  4. I wonder who really PAID for the study??? Not that I’m claiming a conspiracy, but I’m just sayin’. I buy organic for the same reasons you listed, plus I think organic food generally tastes better. The real power we have as consumers is how we spend our $. If we continue to spend our money on products that are manufactured in ways that are less detrimental to our environment, we might actually be able to decrease the destruction of our environment as producers try to meet the demand we create 🙂

  5. Amen! I, too, was irate when I read this “study”. The fact that I had just come from watching Food, Inc. when I read it sure didn’t help. This was insulting to my intelligence as a consumer.

    We must vote with our forks! We know that when we choose organic/local/sustainable (or all of them at the same time), we chip just a tiny bit away from the over-processed, cruel, chemical-laden, and environmentally destructive food czars. Some of these “studies” and “new findings” they’re coming out with are starting to smell a little bit defensive; i.e., I just read an article on raw milk that cited an FDA inspector saying the craze would end once there was a major disease outbreak. Well, there was…in pasteurized milk. 19,500 people were sickened by pasteurized milk, compared to 1,890 sickened by raw milk. There are similar stories out there about beef, chicken, eggs, and pork. Bottom line: something happens to our food when we start messing with it. Don’t stand for it! 🙂

  6. Hi, I tend to agree and disagree with the comments I read here at the same time. Fact: this article is relevant, what they say is true: on a basic nutrition point of view organic and non organic provide the same benefits. But that does not mean that at the world level the effects are similar, on the other hand the effects are very different, chemical polution, green house effect etc… I agree with you Doreen that Organic food is better because they use less chemicals and that’s what I buy. I must say also that I understand that non organic food is produced. It’s just a question of cost and providing food for people that can’t afford the cost of producing organic one. My point of view is not about organic or non organic, this is an end less debate that does not count consumers. I say that people should eat based on nutrition capacity over cost to buy. Usually more expensive food contain less water, salt and sugar than cheap food, therefore is for your body more effective and healthier and you need to eat less for the same calories. At the end of the day, poor people need to eat (and we do not produce enough on a world level for that) and poor people pay more for what they get overall than whealthier ones, and eat potentialy life reducing food, that’s the shame!

  7. Pingback: » (Fast) food for thought… you’ll be shocked… or maybe not! - Mom Goes Green

  8. Pingback: » A Happy and Green New Year… from A to Z! - Mom Goes Green

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge