Is Organic Worth It? The Debate Continues ...
I posed the question of the value of buying organic last week after reading an article about the plight of organic dairy farmers, who have been stuck with excess inventory as demand for their higher-priced milk dropped when the recession hit.
Several of you wondered whether scientific research exists to show that organic food is really better for your health. I did a little digging and here's what I've found so far:
The Society of Chemical Industry published research by the University of Copenhagen that found no nutritional benefit to consuming organic food. Now, what is the Society of Chemical Industry? It is based in London and says it is an "impartial, independent" organization devoted to the intersection of science and business.
Trade publication Science Daily recently ran an article that interviewed a registered dietician who concludes that the existing research is, unfortunately, inconclusive. But the article does say that there may be other environmental benefits to buying organic.
What do you make of the dueling research? And what do you think about organic products that you don't consume, like clothing, bedding or even makeup and cleaning products? Are you willing to pay the premium?
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