HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Video & Multimedia (Forum) » 4 Myths about Organic Foo... » Reply #39

Response to Progressive dog (Reply #37)

Tue May 28, 2013, 05:02 PM

39. Your right, in that science does try to define everything it can (The black and white analogy)...

 

science by its very nature is inquisitive and seeks to quantitatively analyze everything it can. A great example, is actually one you posted; there is debate over if higher phenolic compounds within non-organic foods are of higher value than foods organically grown. I suspect the answer is something akin to "It depends".

For example: there is a type of rice referred to as "Golden rice" that has been genetically modified. (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/dna/pop_genetic_gallery/page3.html) The modification increased beta carotene compounds within the rice. This is seen by some as a potential life saver for some nations. Others are skeptical of the potential benefits of this non-organically grown, highly modified food. The potential is significant... but so are the questions.

In another case a two-year study led by John Reganold of Washington State University provided side-by-side comparisons of organic and conventional strawberry farms, showing organic farms produced more flavorful and nutritious berries while promoting healthier and more genetically diverse soils. The study was published Sept. 1, 2010, in the peer-reviewed online journal PLoS One: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0012346. While the food may be better for you, the question of cost comes into play. How much more does it cost to grow organically? Is it worth it in the end?

Both studies deal with food. The first was grown using considerably non organic methods and is thought, by some, to be a threat to biodiversity due to its genetically altered state. The second is being hailed as "myth shattering" by some and a waste of money by others. For my part, I'd rather do what is in the best interest of the environment and personal long-term health. To that end, the organic method seems to be more environmentally friendly and the food may have more nutrient.
Here are another 19 scientific studies in support of organics versus non organics: http://www.ota.com/organic/benefits/nutrition.html.

As to your statement that many pro organic arguments little or no basis in science, I would posit that very statement with regard to non-organics being overall better than organics. You are, of course, welcome to provide evidence to the contrary. I would gladly look over whatever you have to offer.

Regardless of which way you lean on the argument, the one thing that holds true is this: More non-biased, scientific research needs to be done.

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 42 replies Author Time Post
Quixote1818 May 2013 OP
KT2000 May 2013 #1
Warpy May 2013 #2
Quixote1818 May 2013 #3
obama4socialism May 2013 #6
Quixote1818 May 2013 #9
facismrising May 2013 #12
sulphurdunn May 2013 #32
Viva_La_Revolution May 2013 #20
Veilex May 2013 #22
Progressive dog May 2013 #26
Veilex May 2013 #33
Progressive dog May 2013 #37
Veilex May 2013 #38
LineLineLineLineLineLineLineLineLineLineNew Reply Your right, in that science does try to define everything it can (The black and white analogy)...
Veilex May 2013 #39
Progressive dog May 2013 #40
Veilex May 2013 #41
Progressive dog May 2013 #42
Warpy May 2013 #23
facismrising May 2013 #4
Quixote1818 May 2013 #7
facismrising May 2013 #8
obama4socialism May 2013 #10
Quixote1818 May 2013 #11
facismrising May 2013 #13
Veilex May 2013 #35
Kali May 2013 #24
Cobalt Violet May 2013 #5
Crow73 May 2013 #30
Berlum May 2013 #14
Civilization2 May 2013 #16
fasttense May 2013 #15
KurtNYC May 2013 #17
Kali May 2013 #25
Snake Plissken May 2013 #18
fpasko May 2013 #19
hrmjustin May 2013 #21
dballance May 2013 #27
felix_numinous May 2013 #28
Crow73 May 2013 #29
Progressive dog May 2013 #31
DeSwiss May 2013 #34
CHOCOLATMIMOSA May 2013 #36
Please login to view edit histories.