I frequently kick around the mainstream media. But only when it’s well deserved. Which is almost always. But I have to admit, I enjoyed the CNN report on the Stanford organic food study.
The article was set up like a “he said/she said” debate.
You’ve got “He” on one side. His name is Jefferson. CNN tells us he likes to tease his wife about buying organic. His wife, Jen, is the “She,” of course.
Jefferson told CNN… “I trust the FDA. I have to use something as my basis for making a decision.”
Oh, brother! Like millions of Americans, Jefferson wouldn’t dream of questioning the FDA. And that makes perfect sense as long as you pay ZERO attention to how the agency really works.
According to the FDA, residue levels of insect and weed poisons on conventionally grown foods are just fine. Don’t worry about a THING! The FDA says it’s A-O-K!
Riiiight. I would sooner loan my car to Lindsay Lohan than trust the FDA with a safety issue.
Meanwhile, Jen tells CNN that everything changed for her when she got pregnant. She started reading about pregnancy health issues. And you’ll never guess what she found! Yes, even the seriously mainstream American Academy of Pediatrics weighs in on the side of organic.
AAP’s advice… “Minimize using foods in which chemical pesticides or herbicides were used by farmers.”
In Jen’s opinion, the answer is obvious. She says, “I don’t want to put any kind of chemicals in my body that I don’t need to.”
That’s how simple it is. Combine common sense with a little evidence. That’s all you need to settle the organics debate.
Sorry, Jefferson. Jen is the clear winner in this “he said/she said.”
“Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods, Stanford study finds” Michelle Brandt, Stanford University press release, 9/3/12, med.stanford.edu
“Should you buy organic? Study complicates decision” William Hudson, CNN, 9/4/12, cnn.com