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80 percent of Americans prefer organic produce, but are they healthier for it?

| | September 6, 2018

A whopping 82.3 percent of American households stock up on organic food …. But what if everything we know—or think we know—about the supposed chemical-free practices are just popular misconceptions? Are these organic facts actually false? To debunk these widespread myths, we spoke to retired chemist Richard Sachleben, PhD

1. Organic Foods are More Nutritious

Health concerns are a major driver of buying organic foods, as three-quarters of American adults reported buying organic foods several times [in August]. However, “…. I am not aware of any good scientific data showing that organic produce is more nutritious than conventionally raised produce,” Sachleben admits. A systematic review in the Annals of Internal Medicine …. found that there’s no conclusive evidence that supports that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods.

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2. Organic Farming is Better For the Environment

…. Sachleben says …. “On average, most studies show that organic farming produces about 80 percent lower yields than conventional farming growing similar crops.” …. Where the climate is favorable to a specific crop and the crop isn’t as demanding on the soil, organic yields can be comparable to conventional. However, when the environment is less than ideal or the soil is not suited for that specific crop, conventional agriculture trumps organic.

Read full, original article: 4 ‘Facts’ About Organic Food That Are Actually False

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