CNN is reporting today on a new study that shows Americans are getting increasingly reluctant about Organic products: http://money.cnn.com/2008/04/23/news/companies/organics_backlash/index.htm?postversion=2008042314
Folks, that is a good thing because for the most part the whole concept of organic food superiority is at best wrong and at worst…fraudulent and marketing hype driven.
In terms of pesticides and other chemical concerns, few regular vegetables have more measurable problems than organic vegetables. However for other concerns, such as insect contamination – you can make the case that organics are riskier since those production methods have eliminated from the production chain chemicals and treatments that prevent bugs, rot, or other forms of biological contaminations. But I’m not trying to make a case here that organics are “more dangerous” than non-organics. Rather they are indistinguishable in terms of the health impact on a human, and therefore generally a waste of time, money, and resources. We surround ourselves with huge risk every day in the form of traffic, smoking (for those who do), and a plethora of contaminants we largely ignore despite the fact they represent measureably far more risk than vegetable items which are far overregulated at almost every part of the production cycle.
It might make your mind *feel* better about your health to eat organic, but unlike hundreds of other behaviors you don’t worry about (bikes in traffic, no seatbelts, smoking, etc, etc, etc) eating organic is not having any measureable impact on your health.
I’m very open to criticism on this and trying to keep an open mind, so if anybody knows of any research on health and organic stuff I’d be very interested in reading it.