LONDON – Organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food, according to a major study published Wednesday.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said consumers were paying higher prices for organic food because of its perceived health benefits, creating a global organic market worth an estimated $48 billion in 2007.
A systematic review of 162 scientific papers published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, however, found there was no significant difference.
“A small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs, but these are unlikely to be of any public health relevance,” said Alan Dangour, one of the report’s authors.
“Our review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority.”
Well, I s’pose many would still buy organic fo environmental reasons. Less chemicals in the ecosystem and whatnot.
I wonder if the people that are upset about the Whole Foods’ CEO for writing against Obamacare in the Wall Street Journal will tie this into the rhetoric of their boycott. “John Mackey and Whole Foods have been ripping us off with so-called ‘organic’ foods that do nothing for us! Nothing! No wonder they hate Obama!”