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Study: Organic food not healthier

July 31, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study finds organic food offers no nutritional or health benefits over conventionally grown food.Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said there was a slight difference in nutrient content between the types of food. But they say those differences are unlikely to affect public health.

Researchers reviewed dozens of papers published over the last 50 years. They say many people buy organic simply because of public perception that it's healthier.

Results are published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Critics say the study shouldn't be a reason to give up organic altogether. They say organic products have benefits, including a lack of pesticides.

Americans spent $23 billion last year for organic food, a sharp climb in the last two decades.

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