OK, brace yourselves. This was released a couple of days ago:
“There is little difference in nutritional value and no evidence of any extra health benefits from eating organic produce, UK researchers found.”
I have an interest in the subject, since my dad was a greengrocer, and dammit a good, old school one, introducing delights such as figs and avocados to the unwashed of Hemel Hempstead long before Delia Smith was burped up onto our TV’s. Decent, nutritious vegetables are not in the least bit about the pesticides on out cabbages, they’re about the varieties grown: nice tasty ones or high-yield water-filled ones. End of.
And yet, the forces of stupidity that are the Daily Mail, for whom black is clearly white lead with:
Okay. A cancerous conspiracy to poison our “faith” in organic food”. Oh, OK. Organic food is a relgion! That’s all right then.
Luckily we have Ben Goldacre to shed some light in the dark:
He goes on to roundly demolish the Soil Association’s squealing.
Let’s reiterate the law of Goldacre: the only sure things to maintain your health are to eat moderately, exercise properly, don’t smoke and drink to moderation. Everything else is playing +/- 30% with one in a million odds.
But no, there is a body of people who want to feel righteous about how they live their lives, and much like the religious, feel superior to the rest.
the skeptic blog is, er, skeptical. About the organic side.
Me? The more skeptic I’ve become, the less anal I’ve become about all this crap. Eat a balanced diet, don’t smoke, be happy, pet a kitten. That’s all there is.