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.
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Organic food is grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, or hormones. 00:47
Several studies have found no significant differences between bacteria contamination levels in organic and inorganic foods. 03:25
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