Friday, March 26, 2010

Is organic better? Making sense of organic choices

By Julie Deardorff , March 23, 2010 Chicago Tribune

Is organically grown food safer or more nutritious? Consumers should weigh the cost vs. benefits

Some consumers are more than willing to pay higher prices for organically grown food. But are organic strawberries worth the extra dollar?

The health benefits of organic food are one of the most intensely debated issues in the food industry. By definition, organically grown foods are produced without most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge. Livestock aren’t given antibiotics and growth hormones. And organic farmers emphasize renewable resources and conservation of soil and water. Read more.