While taste and quality may spur some consumers to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, it appears their benefits to the natural world are clearly less appealing. This, according to a new study by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which noted that after reviewing more than 150 organic products there is quote “no evidence that organic farming provides any overall environmental advantages.” The 200-page report found that organically grown tomatoes, for example, use six times as much space to grow, nearly double the energy, and generate 100 times more carbon dioxide. With similar findings for milk, chicken and other organic items, it appears that nature itself isn’t necessarily so hip on consumers going all natural.
May 25, 2007 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.