Posted Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at 12:58 PM
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 13, (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Sure, you pay more, but eating organic meat and produce provides more nutrition than conventional food, right?
Maybe not. According to the New York Times, scientists at Stanford combed through 40 years’ worth of research comparing organic and conventional foods and found that those labeled organic provide the same nutritional value as their conventional counterparts. The study also found "no obvious health advantages to organic meats."
Organic advocates were quick to point out the findings neglected to mention that conventional food tends to carry higher traces of pesticide and, in the case of beef, pork, and chicken, higher levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
So while the study may have its merits, it might be best to take it with a grain of sustainable, free-range organic sea salt.