Is Organic Food Better? That Depends.

Just like every other time I have a question, I grab my phone and go to Google.  Unlike any other time, I ask myself “will the results be biased?” and “what/who determines the top results?”  I’ve read that results are biased and have learned to think critically about and question the sources I use.

So, is organic food better?

webmd.com was the top search result.  I would say this is an unbiased site, of course doctors want what is in our best interest and would have no other motivators!  But wait, their terms and conditions lead me to believe otherwise.

WebMD may provide links to third-party web sites. WebMD also may select certain sites as priority responses to search terms you enter and WebMD may agree to allow advertisers to respond to certain search terms with advertisements or sponsored content.

Okay, okay, back to the question. WebMD says there is no proof that organic food is better than non-organic.  I think the description of organic by the USDA speaks for itself, and organic is far better! “Organic crops must be produced without conventional pesticides (including herbicides), synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Organically raised animals must be given organic feed and kept free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Organic farm animals must have access to the outdoors, including pastureland for grazing.”

The article went on to say that without man-made pesticides we could be at risk of eating plants that have resorted to “their own chemical warfare” because they are being attacked by pests and weeds.  The suggested solution isn’t to buy organic, but to wash fruits and veggies under running water.  Is this article motivated by anything other than the well-being of humans? Any sponsors?  I can’t answer this, I know it happens in media it could extend to WebMD.  To be on the safe side, I’ll buy organic and use a fruit/veggie wash 🙂

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