It’s not unusual for scientists to be researching things that are completely pointless, but with the recent research on organic food they are completely missing the point.
Today’s press is reporting that organic food brings no health benefits. Not only is that no surprise, but it misses the point of why organic food is important. Organic food is about not eating the chemicals that farmers spray on their crops and at the same protecting the people who live in farming areas from the poisons that end up in the air as a result. Whilst direct health benefits would be nice, it isn’t the reason why people choose to buy organic food.
Whilst I am on the subject, I also look forward to a day when a supermarket decides that to encourage organic farming, they decide to cross-subsidise the produce they have for sale. By transferring the difference in price between ordinary produce and organic produce, to make sure that organic food is either the same price or ideally cheaper than mainstream food. I suspect there are practical difficulties to this, but it would give a huge boost to organic farming and hopefully make sure that more of it is grown or reared in this country rather than brought in from abroad, something which again will help to cut the price. It will also give a lot of very good publicity to whoever does it first.