Organic vs. Non-organic

Earlier this week Stanford University published a 4-decade long study finding organic food to be no more nutritious than conventional foods, though consumption of organic foods can reduce the risk of pesticide exposure. (read more on the study). No doubt this has fueled debate among journalists, bloggers, foodies and concerned moms.  

We say organic foods have not disappointed in delivering food that is more environmentally sustainable.  The pesticide levels in conventional foods many be below the level of EPA standards, but are these levels okay for children, pregnant women, or for the farmer workers who are exposed to it in their daily work?

We are fortunate in the Bay Area where many local farmers practice organic principles even if they is not certified. This goes back to the importance of the consumer knowing where our food comes from, and who is providing our food.  In our local farmers markets, the farmers, fisherman, and ranchers are often present.  Let's take a role in educating ourselves rather than simply taking a study or media debates to formulate our decision on organic foods.

One factor that was not addressed in the study was taste.  The next time you are at your local farmers markt and pick up produce of the season, your palate will help guide you in the question whether organic foods are worth eating.