A new report says organic food is basically a rip-off

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10 Reasons to Pass on Organic Foods

Purchasing organic produce makes consumers feel healthy and fancy and Goop-y, of course, but a new Quartz story serves as a reminder that it's not worth the extra money. (On average, organic food is 47 percent more expensive.) To start, the word organic doesn't indicate that the farming practices are better for the environment: Natural pesticides and fertilizers can still be harmful, and since major corporations have entered the organic-farming scene, "the lower yields combined with the use of heavy machinery means it actually releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than conventional farming."

Plus: Studies have long shown that the actual nutritional benefits of organic produce are minimal, if they exist at all — and some researchers have found higher antioxidant and phosphorous levels in organic products. All this doesn't discount the value of buying local, seasonal produce — it's just that "organic" labeling doesn't carry much significance, beyond that it sounds nice.

[Quartz]

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A new report says organic food is basically a rip-off
Cleaning products on display at the Whole Foods in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if those organic claims are bogus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Body products on display at the Whole Foods in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if those organic claims are bogus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Body products on display at the Whole Foods in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if those organic claims are bogus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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