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Random Thu Jul 30 2009

Cheap Eats

I saw a story last night on the news that said Chicago's groceries are on average cheaper than Los Angeles's or New York City's; however, we pay the most for organic foods (L.A. pays the least). But apparently that is not a big deal, as a study published today states that organic food is not any better for you compared to non-organic food.

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Nicole / August 3, 2009 10:08 AM

Yeah, it's not better for YOU, but it is better for the environment.

Donny B / August 3, 2009 11:54 AM

"Our review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority."

Which is interesting, but nutrients are not the only reason to buy organic. Later in the piece they get to this:

"Melchett also pointed out there was not sufficient research to assess the long-term effects of pesticides on human health."

For me and a lot of people I know, THIS is one of the main reasons, if not the main reason, for buying organic.

Marcella / August 4, 2009 12:16 PM

I'd have to agree with the comments above. The negative impact on the environment IS well documented (as in, the peregrine falcon almost becoming extinct). Also, there's the exposure of farm workers to pesticides, when they may not always have full skin or respiratory protection. So, I think the high price we pay is a big deal.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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