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Food Production & Health

Should I buy organic foods?

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  • If you are concerned about pesticide exposure, it is a good idea to buy organic produce whenever possible. Also, buying organic supports environmentally friendly farming practices that can minimize soil erosion, safeguard workers and protect water quality and wildlife. However, organic produce is not always accessible or affordable. You can limit your pesticide exposure by avoiding conventionally grown versions of the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen,” an annual list of produce with the highest pesticide levels.
  • AJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Organic foods have not been shown to be healthier or more nutritious than conventionally grown/raised foods. 

    Studies have shown that organic farming can help the environment by reducing pesticide use, energy use, greenhouse emissions, and by increasing biodiversity in fields. Unfortunately, organic foods tend to cost more. For example, organic produce can cost around five to about 70 percent more than conventional grown/raised foods.

    The choice is yours!

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.
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