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Organic or Not

Now this is perplexing. How could something be called organic—if not all of its ingredients are organic! Yes, the USDA has lost its mind. As part of a new proposal the USDA is willing to allow non-organic ingredients into organic products, and—here’s the kicker—they can still be labeled “organic.” Unbelievable—right? Diet-Blog is all over it:
The Organic Consumers Association has been petitioning against a proposal to allow non-organic ingredients to be labeled as organic.

The USDA proposal is essentially this:
“Nonorganically produced agricultural products may be used as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as "organic" when the product is not commercially available in organic form.”
That strikes me as being oxymoronic - and with products like hops in the list - I can almost smell some brewer lobbying.
Big news, especially if you consider the big difference between organic and non-organic. Dr. Fuhrman talks about it in Is Organic Food Safer:
There is another reason to feed our children organic food when possible. Organic food usually has more nutrients than conventional.1 One study performed at the University of California at Davis found that foods grown organically had higher amounts of flavonoids, which have protective effects against both heart disease and cancer. The researchers found flavonoids were more than 50 percent higher in organic corn and strawberries. They theorized that when plants are forced to deal with the stress of insects, they produce more of these compounds, which are beneficial to humans.2 Overall, organic foods taste better, and organic agriculture protects farmers and our environment.
1. Worthington V. Nutritional quality of organic versus conventional fruits, vegetables, and grains. J Alt Compl Med 2001;7(2):161-173.

2. Grinder-Pederson L, Rasmussen SE, Bugel S, et al. Effect of diets based on foods from conventional versus organic production on intake and excretion of flavonoids and markers of antioxidative defense in humans. J Agric Food Chem 2003;51(19): 5671-5676.
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