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Letters | Educate yourself on realities of food
I believe that many consumer are misled by information released by organic food companies. But through proper education and research, they can become competent consumers.
To begin with, organic and conventional agriculture have significant differences. Organic agriculture falls into the category of extensive agriculture. For example, an organic dairy requires more land, water, feed, etc., than does a conventional dairy, to produce the same amount of milk. In other words, organic agriculture is less efficient.
Some claim that organic food is more "pure." All food in the United States is tested extensively to ensure that it contains no foreign substances. Basically, regular milk will have the same amount of antibiotics and pesticides as organic milk—none. Substantial testing has shown no reliable correlation between organic foods and higher nutritional quality. These and other factor and all important to consider when buying food.
There is a plethora of organic versus conventional debate material available on the Internet, but one must be careful when doing research. The best places to find accurate information on this topic include a knowledgeable physician, government publications and professional researchers in the food industry. It's important to believe only credible sources, as there is a vast amount of information available with no scientific support.
Many consumer have been and will be convinced to purchase more expensive organic products, when they are really no better than those conventionally grown. After doing research in this area, it becomes clear that organic is no better than conventional food.