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Claims organic food better for health, animals, planet ‘marketing hype’

| | June 14, 2016

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. . . [E]verywhere we are urged to go organic: we are told it is more nutritious, it improves animal welfare and helps the environment. In reality, that is mostly marketing hype.

. . . . A brand-new review has just repeated its finding: “Scientific studies do not show that organic products are more nutritious and safer than conventional foods.”

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Likewise, animals on organic farms are not generally healthier. A five year US study showed that organic “health outcomes are similar to conventional dairies”. . . . Organic pigs and poultry may enjoy better access to open areas, but this increases their load of parasites, pathogens and predators.

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Organic farming is sold as good for the environment. This is correct for a single farm field: organic farming uses less energy, emits less greenhouse gasses, nitrous oxide and ammonia and causes less nitrogen leeching than a conventional field. But each organic field yields much, much less. So, to grow the same amount of wheat, spinach or strawberries, you need much more land.

Read full, original post: Think organic food is better for you, animals, and the planet? Think again

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