Did you hear about the study out of Stanford that claimed that organic produce isn’t nutritionally superior to conventionally grown fruits and vegetables? Well, Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, recently released a paper casting doubt on the veracity of the Stanford study. By citing his own meta-analysis of research and re-examining the Stanford group’s own information, Benbrook showed the following:
- Nutrient levels in organic produce are, on average, 12 to 16 percent higher than in conventional food. For some nutrients, such as vitamin C, it can be 60 to 80 percent higher.
- Organic milk contains more omega-3 fats and fewer omega-6 fats than conventional milk.
- Organic produce enjoys a 94 percent reduction in pesticide health risk.
- Conventional meat is 300 percent more likely to trigger the creation of new antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria than organic meat.
So how do you like them apples?