Sunday, September 23, 2012

Organic Foods, why eat them

The news has a lot to say these days about organic foods.  We all need to decide what is best for ourselves. I eat organic foods to cut down on the amount of pesticides and antibiotic exposure I ingest.  This is why I educate patients on eating organically more than any other reason.  Here are a few statements that have been recently published …. On Aug. 4, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine made waves by finding that organic foods are no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts.

The natural industry reacts

“The findings of this study are ripe for overstatement and misinterpretation,” says Charles Benbrook, chief science consultant at The Organic Center in a response to the study. "While the study reports a lack of evidence of 'clinically significant' benefits, it acknowledges several benefits that fall short of the team’s undefined threshold of 'significant'.”

The study reported that conventional produce harbored considerably more levels of pesticide residues than organic, but it clarified that these levels were still within the acceptable range of pesticides on exposure.

“The study said all these pesticide residues in conventional produce are permissible under EPA rules,” said author and organic advocate Michael Pollan in an interview with Bay Area’s KQED News. “They may be, but there's a question of how adequate those rules are. Because there are questions about whether those levels are okay for children and for pregnant women.”

Pollan's interview echoed the sentiments of many natural consumers, retailers, and manufacturers who would like to see more stringent regulations on pesticide regulations.

John Shaw, executive director and CEO of the Natural Products Association, said, “The Natural Products Association is pleased that the Annals of Internal Medicine confirmed organic foods lower your exposure to pesticides and drug-resistant bacteria. I think most Americans would agree these are extremely positive qualities of organic foods.”

Dr. Donna Kulp
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