Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What does "healthier" mean to consumers?

The CJR discusses the issue in the context of new research that disaggregates nutrition and pesticide residue on organic produce, but is widely being reported as if nutrition were the only important determinant of "healthier."

1 comment:

Deirdre H said...

"although organic produce may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and organic chicken and pork may reduce exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria."

I've never thought that organic foods necessarily indicate more nutritional value. I'm a gardener, I know that there are many, many factors that influence the nutritional of any particular crop, up to and including the amount of water and weather.

I buy organic produce because of the possibility of reduction pesticide residues. I buy beef and pork through a "grassfed, organic, etc" farm club because I think their production processes are more sustainable.