Are organic foods healthier? Worth the extra expense?
The scientific debate has raged on for years. Now, a new report says yes’€”especially if you believe toxic chemicals are bad for your health.
Two years ago conventional media used a meta-analysis by Stanford University to cast doubt on the value of an organic diet. This despite the fact that the analysis’€”which looked at 240 studies comparing organically and conventionally grown food’€”found that organic foods are less contaminated with agricultural chemicals.

In an effort to further clarify the 2012 findings, a group of European scientists recently evaluated an even greater number of studies, 343 in all, published over the last several decades.

Here’€™s what they found. Not only do organic foods have more nutrients, including cancer-fighting antioxidants, but they also contain far fewer pesticide residues. This is a no-brainer given that monoculture chemical and GMO farmers kill the soil with toxic chemicals and climate-destabilizing nitrate fertilizer’€”while organic farmers feed the soil with compost, nurturing the soil food web.

But the key nutritional difference between conventional and organics? Anywhere from 18 to 69 percent more antioxidants.

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