"Any Apple Is Good For You"

1/19/2012 1:31 PM


Whether it’s a statement on our website, an answer to a consumer’s question, or in comments to reporters, the Alliance for Food and Farming is consistent in our response to this question:  “Should I eat organic or conventionally grown produce?”  Our answer, “choose either, both our very safe, but choose to eat more fruits and vegetables.”

While many nutritionists and health experts agree with our answer, it was gratifying that a well-known author and “foodie” recently responded to a very similar question in a very similar manner.  In a January 9 Boston Globe article, Michael Pollan was asked, “Do you recommend eating organic.”  His response:

“ You don’t have to eat organic to eat healthily. Eating real food, whether it’s organic or not, is going to do a lot for your health. Any apple is good for you.”

Hopefully, Mr. Pollan’s statements will be reassuring to consumers who have been frightened away from safe and healthful fruits and vegetables due to fear-based messaging from activist groups that has permeated throughout mainstream and social media outlets for over a decade. 

Pollan joins a “cast of thousands” (toxicologists, nutritionists, physicians, government agencies and health experts) who agree with his “any apple is good for you” message, but maybe Pollan’s singular voice of reason will finally reach and positively influence consumers.

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