Andrew Weil: Focus organic research on pesticides, not phytonutrients
I do in fact believe that plants grown organically do produce higher levels of key antioxidants and other phytonutrients. But the most important fact about organic food which was not addressed in that British medical journal article is what it’s not giving you. It’s not giving you toxic agrochemicals. And that’s what to focus on.When you show a slide to the general audience showing the list of toxins found in the umbilical cord blood of average babies, that makes a strong impression on everyone. And when you can show research that, if you put babies and infants on organic foods, those levels come down in the tissues and the blood, that is very dramatic and powerful…. That’s what we should focus on….So I would urge the people who are doing the scientific research in this area to work on documenting those differences rather than trying to focus on nutritional advantages of organic products at this stage of things …. That’s what will advance this movement at the present time.
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