A familiar dilemma: to grab the allegedly wholesome, overpriced carton of berries under the halogen bulbs of the organic section, or to trudge back to the corporate produce aisle and pick up a batch of the less beautiful regular ones in a bag for half the price?
Organic activists say the outrageous cost is worth it. According to them, organic food is more nutritious, better for public health, environmentally friendlier, and even tastier than conventional food.
Science, on the other hand, has something entirely different to say: Go for the cheap stuff. It’s just as good as organic food.
Let’s examine each of the claims routinely made by organic supporters. How do they measure up scientifically?