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I have a friend who refuses to spend the extra $2-3 a pound on organic anything. “It’s total bull” she tells me while biting into a conventionally grown peach. She goes on to tell me that there is no evidence that organically grown fruits and vegetables have any more nutritional value than conventionally grown produce, and that vitamin and mineral content is the same when you compare the two side by side. This is in fact true, as stated in a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in September of 2012. But, putting nutritional value aside, it’s not just about comparing nutrients to nutrients. It’s about looking at how organic foods are produced and how the production of our foods impact our environment. If we simply consider that organic fruits and vegetables are produced without synthetic pesticides, many of which have been linked to certain types of neurological disorders, or that organic dairy contains significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids compared to non-organic dairy products it’s hard not to say that organic products provide more of a benefit to human health. And, we haven’t yet mentioned the effects of conventional farming on the environment, the concern for animal welfare practices, or the simple fact that organic tastes better. “This peach has no flavor” she tells me as she tosses it into the trash. Exactly.

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