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Organic Food On Trial!


A recent study found little evidence of health benefits from organic foods, challenging organic’s reputation as the healthy alternative to conventional  agribusiness.  But others say researchers did find some vital differences around  pesticide levels and that the study was too narrow, ignoring  vital environmental and ethical reasons for eating organic.  Today we'll look at the arguments on both sides.


  • Steve Savage – Stanford-trained biologist with a PhD in plant science from University of California in Davis. He’s a consultant for the agriculture industry and a prominent critic of those who make big claims on behalf of organic agriculture.
  • Bill Duesing – Executive director of the Connecticut chapter and interstate council president of NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association.

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