COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- An organic expert disagrees with a new study from researchers at Stanford University that says organic foods are not any healthier than non-organic foods.
Jim Riddle, a long-time organic farmer and founding chair of the International Organic Inspectors Association, thinks researchers misrepresented their findings to make headlines.
The research was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on September 4. The study concluded that there was little difference in health benefits between organic and conventional foods, and produce grown with the use of pesticides was still well within safety limits.
Riddle said Stanford did not conduct any new research for their study; they simply reviewed existing findings and put a twist on them.
“The headlines attached to the study do not match up to what the study showed,” he said.
Riddle was the keynote speaker at a community lecture and potluck at Pilgrim’s Market over the weekend.
He said people should read the study in its entirety to understand why organic foods are healthier than non-organic.