Organic vs. conventional? The debate continues

Is organic worth the extra money? Does it really matter whether you buy organic or conventional produce?

Last week, Reuters‘s No evidence organic foods benefit health: study highlighted recent findings (published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) that organic fruits and veggies offer no nutritional benefits over their conventional counterparts.

Bummer! I keep waiting for a study that shows–without a doubt–that organic produce wins out over conventional every time. Apparently, we’re not there yet.

But, wait… don’t throw in the organic towel yet! There are still other reasons to choose organic produce. Today CNN posted the story ‘Dirty Dozen’ produce carries more pesticide residue, group says discussing findings from a recent Environmental Working Group (EWG) report. According to Amy Rosenthal of EWG, we can cut pesticide exposure by up to 80% by choosing organic versions of the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and veggies. The list includes: apples, blueberries (domestic), celery, cherries, grapes (imported), lettuce, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach/kale/collard greens, strawberries and sweet bell peppers.

Call me a romantic, but I like the idea that the food we put into our mouths helps keep contaminants out of our bodies and our environment.