Thursday, July 30, 2009

But you can feel free to keep paying more


If you think you're doing your body some good by buying organic food, think again. Reuters reports that a study conducted by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has found that organic food has zero nutritional or health benefits, when compared with non-organic food. The study noted that consumers are paying more, sometimes a lot more, for organic food. I'm not one of those people. From what I've seen, organic food is typically smaller and, for lack of a better word, crappier, than the chemically enhanced versions. But if you want to feel good about your effect on the environment by eating the organic stuff, feel free. In the meantime, I'll be eating nice big vegetables and tasty chemically altered meat.

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7 Comments:

Blogger MJ said...

It blew my mind when I walked into Giant Eagle's new Market District at South Hills Village for the first time. It took me about a half-hour to navigate through the organic garbage section to the "real" food. I just laughed at the suckers buying the organic stuff. Sorry, fellas, but it doesn't taste quite the same without the pesticides.

July 30, 2009 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

The market district store is like... what is it like?

A culinary Orgy. That's what it's like... Like the playboy mansion of food...

-drools-

July 30, 2009 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, the same crowd that wants organic fruits & veggies is the crowd that gets exercised over clean water and clean air. Do I have that right?

If so, then all the hoopla associated with global warming because of dirty air must also be bogus. How can the same folks be against polluting the air, but think it OK to put chems on fruits and veggies? After all, the chem produced ones are just as good, or better (as per the OP and one response).

Such revelations should help clear the path for Cap & Trade to bite the dust. Thanks for the information, and the inevitable conclusion.

July 30, 2009 at 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the point of eating organic was to eat food without all the usual pesticides. I never considered that the nutritional value would be different. Did I miss something?

July 31, 2009 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

I don't think you missed anything... I wouldn't expect the nutritional value to be any higher with organically grown produce... in fact, I would expect the opposite to be true.

I buy some products that are organic, but to me, the two big factors are locality and ingredients. I want naturally occurring ingredients in my "mixed up stuff" products. If I am buying soup, I want the stuff in the soup to be the same stuff I would put in there if I were making it myself... I don't have tri-glicereic-mono-hydro-glutenated-partially-hydrogenated-poly-carbo-sorbitate in my kitchen, so I don't really need that in my spaghetti sauce.

It does happen that the organic items are ALSO the ones with a list of plain-english ingredients.

But for produce... if you are eating vegetables and fruits, you are on a pretty good health track to begin with... I don't really care if it's organically grown or not.

July 31, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brant-after taking a week off, this is all you got!!

Did you know Sarah Palin resigned?

July 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

Lordy, I don't want to be accused of being obsessed with Sarah Palin. ;-) But I will have a couple of new things up shortly. It's been a very busy week.

July 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM  

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