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Tell Us: Organic Food

Will Port Washington residents still purchase it after a Stanford study questions its health benefits?

From the to the abundance of grocery shops on the peninsula, there’s no shortage of spots to buy organic food in Port Washington.

But a recent Stanford University study published in the "Annals of Internal Medicine" claims that organic food is not more nutritious than conventional food.

Which has us wondering. Is the study affecting how you shop for your family? Are you more likely to purchase organic food than conventional food? If so, do you buy it for health reasons? Do you think it tastes better? Do you think organic farming is better for the planet? Or, do you think a forthcoming study will reveal different results? Tell us in the comments.  

Jesse Conover September 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM
I'll still but organic. It's not about nutrition it's about processed foods with unnatural additives that cause more harm than good, ecoli for example.
Dr Mike Shwartzstein September 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM
The lead researcher of that study has been tied to big tobacco. In the 70's he tried to convince us that cigarettes werent bad for us. He was the head of the stanford statistics department at the time.
Kim Teeman September 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Yes, as next years study will say organic is "better". I do believe "organic" is an abused buzz word like "whole grain" n "gluten free".
Nassau Taxpayer September 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Oh noes! There goes the allure of "Whole Paycheck"...
Deborah B. September 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Among other things, the study concluded, "The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria." Given that this study was very short in duration (two years or less), and did not follow multiple generations, i.e., did not research what gets passed on from mother to her offspring and their offspring, so on, I say we stick with basic common sense... synthetic chemicals and synthetic pesticides, in any amount, are not good for our bodies and certainly are not good for our environment. Personally, I don't need to be the next guinea pig!
GM September 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Yes, we will still buy Organic. The study was very misleading to the general public. It was never about nutritional value but always about pesticides, chemicals, GMO, and antibiotics.
bill dinner September 10, 2012 at 01:51 PM
The tie to big tobacco and questionable background is serious and certainly calls into question the validity of the statistics employed. Take a look at: http://www.naturalnews.com/037108_Stanford_Ingram_Olkin_Big_Tobacco.html
Ann W. Latner September 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I will absolutely continue to buy organic. I belong to the CSA from The Golden Earthworm in Jamesport. I buy organic to avoid pesticides, not because I thought there was more nutrition in organic produce. I think most people who are buying organic are doing so because it's healthier (no chemicals), not because they erroneously believe that organic produce has more nutrition.
Dawn Andrew September 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I try to buy organic when possible. It takes more time and is more expensive but I hate all of the chemicals that are in our food.
Cheryl Podolsky September 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Potentially increased nutritional value is probably low on the list for those who prefer organic. The avoidance of pesticides and genetic modification is likely the major issue. That said, I myself don't go out of my way to purchase organic produce and other products, but perhaps I should.

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