Dr. Oz Agrees With Health Experts - Eat More Conventional and Organic Produce

Dr. Oz Agrees With Health Experts - Eat More Conventional and Organic Produce

11/12/2013 10:18 AM

Despite his segment last week about pesticide residues which was clearly designed to scare viewers and raise produce safety concerns, Dr. Oz’s own viewpoint regarding consumption of conventionally grown produce appears to agree with health experts everywhere who recommend consuming more of either conventionally or organically grown produce for improved health.

Following the airing of the segment “What the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know,” the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) reached out to the Dr. Oz Show for clarification on the doctor’s recommendation for consumers.  Our main question in the outreach concerned a Time Magazine editorial by Dr. Oz which ran a year ago and seemed to be in direct contrast with the content from last week’s show (and previous shows).  Among Dr. Oz’s statements in Time:

“After several years of research and experience, I have come to an encouraging conclusion: the American food supply is abundant, nutritionally sound, affordable and, with a few simple considerations, comparable to the most elite organic diets. Save the cash; the 99% diet can be good for you.”

So the AFF asked the show’s spokesperson to please clarify Dr. Oz’s position – The answer:  The Time Magazine editorial represents the doctor's viewpoint.

In fact, Tim Sullivan, Director of Publicity for the Dr. Oz Show stated that after reading the Time Magazine story “there should be no remaining questions” and “Dr. Oz is long on the record with his position on fruits and vegetables in one's diet, there is no ambiguity.” Pretty definitive, but also frustrating.  Why Dr. Oz and organizations like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) continue to promote and carry inaccurate, fear-based messaging that even they don’t truly believe is a looming question. (EWG has confirmed that they believe conventionally grown produce is safe to eat.)

At the AFF, we won’t speculate on why they do it because the result is the same – unfairly disparaging our farmers’ products undermines the work of health experts everywhere to improve the diets of Americans and increase consumption of fruits and veggies.  And, we will continue to inform consumers about what Dr. Oz and EWG have stated on the record when the AFF has pushed for answers because consumers deserve truthful, fact based information about the safety of conventional and organic fruits and veggies.  

Read, learn, choose, but eat more conventional and organic produce for better health and a longer life.

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