Human Health and Organic Foods – Refuting an Earlier Study

Abstract: The article reports that experts in the environmental health sciences criticized the study conducted by the researchers of Stanford University for overlooking the growing body of evidence on the adverse effects of pesticides. The author notes that the researchers conclude that there is little difference in the healthfulness and safety of conventional and organic foods. The author states that the commenters felt that the Stanford team ignored risks to broader public health.

Reference: Holzman, D. C. (2012). Organic Food Conclusions Don't Tell the Whole Story. Environmental Health Perspectives, 120(12): A458. Available online at:

Related study: Crystal, Smith-Spangler, et. al. (2012). Are organic foods safer or healthier than conventional alternatives? A systematic review. Annuals of Internal Medicine 157(5): 348-366. Available online at: