Why Boulder's Organic Center Is Contesting a New Organics Report

August 6 2009, 11:17 AM

A report supported by Britain's Food Standards Agency that claims there's no real health benefit to eating organic foods is causing an international backlash. To use the words of Australia's Weekly Times Now, the organic debate is getting "dirty." One of the strongest responses against Alan Dangour's report, which specifically finds "no evidence of a difference in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs," is emanating from Boulder. In the past, the Organic Center has cited many of same studies Dangour uses, but with different results. "Organic foods were, on average, 25 percent higher across 11 key nutrients compared to conventional foods," the center tells the Denver Business Journal, which notes that the group also warns that non-organic foods may be grown using pesticides and that "exposure to pesticides during pregnancy and the first years of life increases the risk of obesity, neurological problems and diabetes."