The Alliance for Food and Farming, a non-profit organization comprised of both organic and conventional farmers, put out a press release reacting to a recent Dr. Oz Show episode’s misrepresentation of the safety of conventionally produced fruits and vegetables. Dr. Oz challenged the recent Stanford University study that found organic food had no nutritional benefit over conventionally farmed produce.
“There isn’t much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based solely on your health,” said Dena Bravata, MD, MS, the senior author of a paper comparing the nutrition of organic and non-organic foods, published in the Sept. 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
The Alliance posted this response to the Dr. Oz Show episode on their blog Thursday:
The Dr. Oz Show can now be credited with creating renewed fear among parents about feeding their children healthy and safe fruits and vegetables – the very foods health initiatives like the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign are promoting. However, health experts, scientists, consumer advocates and environmental groups all recommend that consumers eat more conventional and organic produce for better health. The science and the facts support that both production practices are very safe and consumers can choose either with confidence. The Alliance strongly encourages people to read, learn, choose, but eat more fruits and veggies for better health.
The Alliance also put out a press release to address the important points in their argument that whether fruits and vegetables are grown organically or traditionally everyone benefits from increased consumption. This report has the endorsements of five doctors and scientists. Organic or Conventional Fruits and Veggies: Experts Agree Kids Should Eat More