Organic Food Probably Isn't Any Better For You

Organic farming has experienced a huge boom in the past few years. In fact, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, organic food purchases account for more than 4 percent of U.S. food sales, and those sales increased from $3.6 billion to $24.4 billion between 1997 and 2011. Many consumers buy organic because they believe these foods are healthier, but according to a team led by Stanford researchers, there is little evidence to suggest that organic food offers more health benefits than conventionally farmed foods or that non-organic food poses greater health risks than organic food. Organic food is free of synthetic pesticides, but they still have natural pesticides present.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Organic food is grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, or hormones. 00:47

  2. Several studies have found no significant differences between bacteria contamination levels in organic and inorganic foods. 03:25

  3. Organic food is much more expensive than conventionally grown food to produce, and it's unlikely that it could sustain Earth's population on its own. 06:07

Written by Curiosity Staff June 22, 2016

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