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The Devil in the Details

Posted by Chuck Benbrook | September 4, 2012

A comprehensive paper on the nutritional quality and safety of conventional versus organic food was published in the September 4, 2012 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine (Smith-Spangler et al., Vol. 157, Number 5: pages 349–369). The Stanford University Medical School team concluded that:

“The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods.”

“Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

Their analysis loosely supports these conclusions, but many devils lurk in the statistical details underlying this study’s findings. For details, see the technical review of the Stanford study. Read more »

Filed under Nutrition, Organic Farming, Toxics

Welcoming Chuck Benbrook to CSANR

Posted by Chad Kruger | August 28, 2012

I am extremely excited to announce that Dr. Chuck Benbrook will be joining WSU CSANR as a research faculty member in August of 2012. Chuck is well-known in organic food and farming circles nationally and internationally and brings a tremendous amount of capacity to the Center and to WSU’s overall organic and sustainable agriculture efforts.

Chuck’s prior appointments include serving as Chief Science Consultant for The Organic Center, Executive Director for the Board on Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences, and Executive Director of the Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture in Washington, D.C. He is widely known for his foundational work in pesticide issues, public health, agricultural technology and environment. Read more »

Filed under Nutrition, Organic Farming, Sustainability, Toxics
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