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The Impact of Organic: Beyond Nutrition

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Last week, a Stanford University study came to the conclusion that there is little evidence of increased health benefits from organic foods versus their standard issue, non-organic counterparts. “There isn’t much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based solely on your health,” said Dena Bravata, MD, MS, a senior associate with Stanford’s Center for Health Policy who helped lead the study comparing organic and conventional foods.

The study was fueled by the growing popularity of organic products – which by definition are produced without synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents or chemical food additives. All that organic foods lack that differentiate them from conventional options they certainly reflect in price as they are, in all cases, more expensive than non-organic options, sometimes even costing twice as much.

While this study does indicate that there are no immediate health benefits from organic versus conventional foods, it also concludes that organic produce has a 30 percent lower risk of pesticide contamination than its conventional counterparts. Just because we don’t know the long-term health benefits or detriments of this difference, does not mean the point should be dismissed. Does the 30 percent pesticide difference add up over the course of years or over the course of a lifetime? Maybe it does. And maybe it doesn’t. But for the consumers in the “maybe it does” camp, paying higher prices for peace of mind is a reasonable trade-off.

Let’s not forget that for many organic-seeking consumers the value isn’t placed on their health alone – but also on the health of animals and the environment. There are undeniable differences between the affects of organic versus conventional farming on the health of the world around us. So, although eating an organic apple versus a conventional apple may not be more nutritious for us, there are other health implications that hang in the balance.

“If I Had A Million Dollars…”

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Today, I’m gazing longingly at a new addition to my dream vacation list – the CuisinArt Resort & Spa, a Greek inspired resort in Anguilla. Brought to you by the man that founded CuisinArt, the resort boasts organic gardens and a hydroponic farm, partially housed in an 18,000 square-foot greenhouse, which supplies its restaurants and spa with everything from lettuce and tomatoes to chervil and bok choy.It’s foodie mecca meets ultra-lavish Caribbean vacation. Not too shabby.

Of course, it will cost you, which is why it’s on my dream list for now. But, according to e-newsletter Tasting Table, the resort is currently running a summer special that makes things a bit more reasonable. A girl can dream…

Green – the color of Spring (and Summer, and Fall, and…)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I love green. It’s been my favorite color since I could identify one. And now, green is very “in.” From fashion, to housewares, to bridal magazines – it’s this year’s IT color. But, green’s popularity has more to do with what the color represents, than simply a pleasant appearance.

Lately, an interesting question has been raised to me on more than one occasion. And that is whether, with the state of the economy, “this green thing” will stick.

Well, let me first state, that as an avid-as-possible environmentally-minded gal, it just plain has to! There is just too much waste going on out there. But, I’m sure you’re looking for real facts. Well, here we go…

In a recent survey by SCA Tissue, results showed that despite current economic conditions, purchasers of “green” products are staying put! Sixty-seven percent are buying the same, and 26% are buying more. In fact, only eight percent are reportedly buying less “green.”

In an Advertising Age article from earlier this week, green marketing was reported to be “recession-proof,” and it is theorized that new growth is attributed more to less traditional users. The article also notes that despite a lack in double-digit growth in organic foods, as we’ve seen in years past, there was still a 5.6% year over year growth in December.

These are just a few of the helpful tidbits you’ll find in the news this week. Add “green” to your Google Alerts and you’ll get plenty to fill your inbox! What are some other ways you can keep up on the latest “green” developments? One great e-newsletter that we’ve found is Ideal Bite - “bite sized ideas for light green living.” And remember, it’s not too late to start living greener. Check out for ideas.

Happy Earth Day!!!!

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