A study recently determined that organically-grown food doesn’t contain more nutrients than conventional food. Um… okaaaay… I don’t think I’ve ever seen any advocates of organic farming making that claim. I’m sure there are a few, but the major themes generally seem to be:
- More sustainable in the long term (less negative impact on the environment).
- Less unhealthy residue from pesticides, fertilizers, etc.
- Better taste.
And, of course, none of these points were addressed by the study. In short, it’s a classic straw man fallacy. Sure, I’ve got problems with the terminology used by the organic food sector (foremost: overloading the term “organic”), but this is just missing the point.
(Hat tip to Katie for pointing this one out.)