Actually, organic food is pretty much a waste of money, according to science

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Actually, organic food is pretty much a waste of money, according to science

These people may be smug, but are they actually any healthier? (Picture Getty)

There’s no shortage of ‘wellness’ bloggers to tell you that eating organic can make you stick-thin, super-healthy – or even cure your cancer.

But there’s just one tiny problem: these claims are mostly rubbish.

Science channel ASAP Science has rounded up recent research – much of which suggests that, despite being mind-bogglingly expensive, organic food is actually no better for you, and in some cases could make you sick.

ASAP science says, ‘It’s a little bit misleading. Many consumers imagine that organic farms don’t use pesticide.

‘But organic farmers can still use pesticide, they just can’t be synthetically made – and some natural pesticides are a more serious health and environmental risk than synthetic ones. Natural doesn’t always mean better.

Previous reports have highlighted the risks of toxic copper sulfate – used by some organic vegetable growers.

There’s also little evidence that organic food is actually better for you – although it’s often up to 47% more expensive, according to Consumer Reports.

A 2012 Stanford study analysed 237 previous studies of organic foods and found that most here, ‘no more nutritious than conventionally grown foods’

‘There isn’t much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based solely on your health,” said Stanford’s Dena Bravata.

It’s also more likely to give you food poisoning, according to ASAP science – with one study suggesting that up to 10% had traces of food poisoning bacteria E Coli.

ASAP Science says, ‘Organic food has a higher incidence of product recalls. On average 1% of food products are recalled – but 7% of organic products.’

Lastly, organic food actually puts strain on the environment – because it requires more land to grow it.

ASAP Science says, ‘Yields are 25% lower than conventional crops. This puts a greater strain on the environment as more farm land is required.’