March 29, 2008

JUST SPRINKLE DIRT ON THE REGULAR STUFF:

Organic food 'no benefit to health': Eating fruit and veg is more important than whether produce is 'green', says expert (Jo Revill, March 30, 2008, Observer)

[A]ccording to [Lord Krebs, former head of the Food Standards Agency, ] there is still no reliable, peer-reviewed evidence to show that there is any clear health benefit to eating this 'green' produce.

'The organic message can sometimes be a distortion from the more important messages,' said Krebs. 'If a parent is asking, "how can I improve the health of my children?" they may think, "Oh, I can give them organic food". But that is far less important than the decision to feed them more fruit and vegetables, or the decision to give them less salt.' His concerns about the claims made for organic produce were that 'they add to the mix of confusion in people's minds about what it means to eat healthily'.

When Krebs chaired the agency, he came under pressure to validate claims that organic food was better for people - but refused to endorse the produce.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 29, 2008 9:41 PM
Comments

My wife's great aunt is 109 years old, the second oldest person in Canada; but I doubt most people would live her life to live that long.

Walk five miles a day. Eat what grows after you hoe. Wash laundry by hand in hard water. Sweep a dirt floor.

And, of course, pray diligently for the salvation of your children every day, all day.

Posted by: Randall Voth at March 29, 2008 10:53 PM

All of the 'organic' food is already highly modified, by our ancestors' selective breeding. None of it remotely resembles the original stock.

Other than replacing a manufactured fertilizer with authentic cow poop there isn't much 'organic' that can be done.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 30, 2008 6:17 AM

There is a word for people who buy organic food at Whole Foods and the grocery store. Suckers.

Posted by: pchuck at March 30, 2008 11:29 AM
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