Nutritionists: No Need to Eat Organic to be Healthy

USDA, which runs the National Organic Program, considers organic agriculture a “production philosophy” and has stated that an organic label does not imply that a product is superior to conventionally produced foods. Nutritionists are saying there is no need to eat organic to be healthy, and it is more important to choose less processed food and more fruits and vegetables.

Last summer, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a comprehensive systemic review that concluded organic and conventional food have comparable nutrient levels.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jeff on March 27, 2010 at 7:53 am

    are they counting the bug protein ha ha.


  2. Shawn, I agree with your statement that “it is more important to choose less processed food and more fruits and vegetables”. We need to keep on eating balanced meals and balance fuel intake with energy expense. Without any doubt a person could overeat with organic food and devlop all the diseases associated with obesity.
    Nevertheless, the consumers are changing their patterns. Increasingly they want to know the farmer or rancher who raised the product they are eating. The consumers question the safety of pesticides or herbicides or even what genetically modified food might mean to their health. They are also very concerned about hidden ingredients like salts and sweeteners. USDA inspections are not necessarily a trusted process anymore.
    Organic vs. convential is more about wanting to know where food comes from and more about the accountability of agricultural food producers, processors, stores and restaurants.
    In the end, those who keep on listing to the customers will have the markets. The label organic will be fading away but the demand for tasty, safe, affordable food will prevail.


    • Posted by Shawn Martini on March 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      While I think consumers worry about food more because they are told to than because they are genuinly concerned, I think you are dead on. “Organic” was just a vehicle used by consumers to get connected with their food. Many producers have found they can drop the organic certification and just use the term “natural” and still fetch premium prices.


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