Is organic more nutritious?

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The scientific evidence is mounting that organic foods are nutritionally superior to non-organic foods.

A 2008 review of nearly 100 published studies confirms that organic foods are more nutrient dense, with more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, than their non-organic counterparts.

At the same time, research reveals that the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in non-organic, chemically based farming over the past 50 years — emphasizing yield or ease of transport — has caused significant nutritional declines in important nutrients in non-organic crops.

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The "Dirty Dozen" (Plus)

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) offers a Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

The "Dirty Dozen" (Plus) lists produce highest in pesticide residues and the "Clean 15" contains produce lowest in pesticides.

If you have to pick and choose, the Dirty Dozen are the ones to buy organic. Learn more at EWG's website.

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