Tough break for the organic food industry, said Britain's Marie Claire magazine. It was "already struggling in the economic downturn as shoppers turn away from more expensive goods," and now the British government's food watchdog, the Food Standards Agency, has declared that organic food is no healthier than conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. This should come as a blow to organic farmers at the worst possible time.
These "shock" findings ought to wake up parents, said Ruki Sayid in Britain's Mirror, who have been shelling out extra money to buy organic because they thought it was better for their children. The study should also serve as a slap in the face to "the green lobby and high profile organic gurus like chef Jamie Oliver."
"Here we go again," said Leo Hickman in Britain's Guardian. This latest study has inspired "predictable front-page headlines implying organic food is little more than a myth and a rip-off," but the food watchdog agency has long banned organic food producers from claiming that their fare was nutritionally superior to comparable non-organic produce. But there are still plenty of reasons to go organic, including "the avoidance of pesticide residues" and the greater attention to "animal welfare" on organic farms.
And don't forget the environmental benefits of organic farming, said John-Paul Flintoff in Britain's The Times. All those pesticides and fertilizers dumped onto non-organic farms wash into our rivers and lakes. And if that doesn't convince you, consider this: If you try it, you might find that organic food simply tastes better.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How academia's liberal bias is killing social science
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Dick Cheney's America is an ugly place
- America is building a Sunni army in Iraq to take on the Islamic State
- The Hobbit: A disappointing set of movies, but a worthy set of prequels
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to make the ultimate grilled cheese
- The age of miracles is over — even for the religious
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- The liberation of Barack Obama
Subscribe to the Week