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Organic food: Fab or Fiction?

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Cherrybaby Thu 30-Jul-09 13:31:24

This is a link to the BBC article stating there are no health benefits to organic food.

What does everyone think about this?

I thought the whole point of organic foods was not to top up on some miraculous health benefits, but to avoid the risk of illnesses and diseases that the use of pesticides may cause.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8174482.stm

AMumInScotland Thu 30-Jul-09 14:12:47

I read about that in the Metro at lunchtime - apparently the study only looked at whether there were more nutrients in organic food, not at the whole pesticide issue. Which makes it completely pointless research so far as I'm concerned - I thought most people who chose organic did so to avoid the pesticides, and/or to get tastier food which wasn't bred completely for high yields, not about nutrients at all.

zebramummy Fri 31-Jul-09 20:36:09

OP -well you said it!! no mention of pesticides or antibiotics in milk. the other advantage of having a weekly box delivered is that you end up being forced to cook things which you would NEVER have picked up in a supermarket - for me, last week it was beetroot and broad beans - this week it was an onion squash - of course i have had these before but i dont necessarily like them enough to consciously acquire them - however, once they land on my doorstep i will look up recipes for them and cook them so ds gets a greater variety of fruit and veg - note that pre-ds, i would prob have let them go off and binned them but i know that ds is v interested in organic food even though he has just turned 4 - if i tell him that something is organic he will immediately show more interest in it and is much more likely to eat it

applepudding Fri 31-Jul-09 22:52:34

I try to buy organic when I can afford it. I have never done this because of any supposed health benefits to organic food but because of the lack of pesicides sprayed and improved animal welfare.

I did see the article yesterday but thought they were missing the point.

dittany Fri 31-Jul-09 22:56:40

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MollieO Fri 31-Jul-09 23:08:03

I think it is very damaging to the organic market to publish such ill thought out research. A lot of people choose organic because of the pesticide issue. However the more recent converts did so because of the 'healthier' aspects and will now probably not bother to choose organic.

dittany Fri 31-Jul-09 23:13:12

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pointydog Fri 31-Jul-09 23:26:30

This research sounds like a red herring. Whoever thought that organic food had more nutritional benefits? Bizarre. Skewed. Politics

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