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For the average American consumer, the term "organic" has a positive connotation and the beneficial properties of organic foods may be misinterpreted or exaggerated. Surveys indicate many proponents of organic food production look beyond the final product to consider factors such as environmental impacts, worker safety, and economic considerations which are not related to organic production standards. U.S. consumers frequently have the choice between purchasing organic and conventional foods and make food purchasing decisions that reflect their values, concerns, and lifestyles.

Studies show conventional foods may contain more pesticide residue than organic, but organic foods should not be considered to be pesticide free. Most health professionals consider the risks from pesticide residues in the diet to be negligible and consuming organic foods is unlikely to result in health benefits.

For optimal health, consumers should continue to eat a balanced diet regardless of whether the food is produced by organic or by conventional practices.


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True? Or Not? "Organic food is better for your health than non-organic food."

Carl Winter SAYS...

THE NITTY GRITTY:

Organic foods are clearly different than conventional foods but such differences, when viewed comprehensively, do not support the conclusion that organic foods are healthier.

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Francisco Diez-Gonzalez SAYS...

THE NITTY GRITTY:

Depending on the specific property of a given organic food, this may or may not be considered as health promoting.

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