A Meh Day for Organic Food

A Meh Day for Organic Food

Organic food is not having the best PR week.

Yesterday, Business Wire published a study released by the industry research firm IBISWorld which found that a cart full of organic groceries is 18 percent more expensive than a cart filled with its commercially branded counterparts, and 37.6 percent more expensive than a one filled with generic store products.

And according to Reuters, a study published today by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine states that organic food offers no greater nutritional benefits than coventional products. The study, commissioned by the British government's Food Standards Agency, came to this conclusion after reviewing scientific papers published during the last 50 years. Alan Dangour, one of the authors of the study, told Reuters that the "review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority."

The news isn't all bad, though. One of IBISWorld's analysts reported that despite the recession, the organic food market is still growing at a rate of 4 percent this year.

And on a more local note, the IBISWorld study found that though New Yorkers pay more for organic groceries than shoppers in Los Angeles, we don't, surprisingly, have the nation's highest grocery bill: Ours is $122.66, compared with Los Angeles's $124.43. Less than $2, true, but in this economy, you take what you can get.

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