The Gaping Hole In The Stanford Organic Food Study
There's an old saying, "Figures lie and liars figure." I took an interesting course during my college years about statistics and research studies. What I found out was that statistics can be used in many different ways to accomplish a desired outcome.
A lot of articles have been written about the Stanford study on organic food. One author of the study, Dena Bravata, MD, said, in part, "There isnt much difference between organic and conventional foods, if youre an adult and making a decision based solely on your health."
Let's explore that a little further, shall we?
On Food Nation Radio Network, we've talked about the reasons you should buy organic food and/or food that is not genetically modified. Since there is currently no labeling mandate for genetically modified foods, the only way to ensure a food is not a GMO is to buy organic. We did a compelling, shocking interview with one of the leading authorities on this subject, detailing the health risks of genetically modified foods. It was focused on corn: New Study Shows GM Corn Is Dangerous
And by the way, there's a reason no human studies have been published on genetically modified food consumption in the United States. The interview above was based upon a French study recently released. There is also research available from other parts of Europe and from Canada. The reason for the lack of studies in the U.S. is the GMO seed companies won't allow their seeds to be used for studies.
Why? That's a very good question.
Is it incredibly irresponsible and a danger to public health for Stanford University to make a blanket statement that all conventional foods have the same nutritional value as organic foods, without specifically addressing genetically modified foods? GMOs are found in over 70 percent of processed foods in this country.
Specifically, the new Arctic (non browning) Apple which is poised for approval in front of the FDA right now, may have issues with how vitamins and antioxidants are absorbed by humans due to its genetic modification. You can read about that and hear our interview with Professor Joe Cummins here:The Arctic Apple.
Why isn't that addressed? Again, that's a very good question.
Americans have lots of questions about our food supply, and only seem to receive pre-packaged answers that don't explore all the influences on what we take home to our families.
Is that by design? That's probably the most important question.
Stanford University confirmed that no genetically modified foods were included in the studies.
Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelors degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 150 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on herpodcastpage on theFood Nation Radio Networkwebsite and onFacebook.