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7/18/13 6:42 P

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I agree that there is probably little to no benefit. However, shopping at local farmer's markets will often net organic produce at store pricing or less. So other than suggesting farmer's market shopping, I'd have difficulty recommending that anyone go beyond trying to keep their purchases of the "dirty dozen" organic assuming they have the means to make that reasonable and they're really concerned about tweaking their stuff out. I sure as hell wouldn't recommend someone buy organic over buying a squat rack!


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7/7/13 9:46 A

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Not in my research. The jury is still out. I agree that it probably doesn't hurt, so then it simply comes down to cost. If you believe there are great benefits to organic or there is great harm to more traditional means, the cost is probably of little concern. If you believe the benefit is minuscule or non-existent, the cost seems rather exorbitant.

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7/7/13 8:59 A

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My Start page showed a link to a video addressing whether organic foods have special health benefits.
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Based on the comments, this video was introduced (on Spark) in Aug 2012 and may be getting a little dated. However I very much enjoyed the message: "The jury is out on the question of whether foods that meet the USDA technical definition of "organic," actually contribute to improved human health outcomes." That this question has no simple answer is no surprise as such a claim is very difficult to measure. Persuasive studies take years to complete because health improvements may be subtle, and people who are inclined to use organic foods may also be inclined toward other activities they think might improve health like better nutrition balance, regular exercise, appropriate weight control, and so on. Any of these could contribute to improved health outcomes in addition to, or instead of, organic food choices. In the meantime, organic foods are very unlikely to be harmful, so no health reason to avoid them. It seemed a balanced and valuable presentation. Any evidence to suggest a different conclusion?


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