Should everybody eat organic? Proponents argue that organic food is more nutritious, healthier, free from pesticides, better for the planet, and better for animal welfare. In that case, shouldn’t we all be eating it? Or are the benefits of organic food being exaggerated? Are they just another “green lie” being promoted by companies marketing to people concerned about health and sustainability?
Soil Association polling shows 55% of shoppers consider “healthy eating” a key reason to buy organic food, while 53% said they did it to avoid “chemical residues”. However, the science tends to be more sceptical about the health benefits of organic. Some studies have indeed found that organic food has more antioxidant compounds linked to better health, and lower toxic metal levels. However, a major 2012 study showed that there are no significant health benefits from organic food.
Critics argue that organic food is expensive, and that yields on organic farms are lower than on conventional farms. Supporters, however, counter that the gap between organic and conventional farms is closing, and argue that we already produce enough food to feed the world (the problem is just one of food waste, distribution, and equal access to food).
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