This shopping choice got even more confusing after the recent and highly publicized findings from Stanford University's Center for Public Health Policy which concluded that when it came to certain nutrients there wasn't much difference between organics and conventionally grown produce.
But that's not why I am putting more organic foods into my shopping basket. It's not about the nutrients, it's about the pesticides! The study also found that organic foods have lower levels of pesticides, fewer food-borne pathogens, and cancer-fighting phenol than the conventionally grown counterparts.
So when it comes down to a choice, I'm going for the organic version most of the time. My colleague at Consumer Reports, Jamie Hirsh, interviewed some of our own health and food safety experts and wrote an excellent overview of this issue which put the study findings in better context (http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2012/09/dont-give-up-on-organic-food-our-experts-urge.html).
And please write and let me know your views; are you buying more or fewer organic foods and why?