Organic – is it worth it?
The benefits of organic food have long been disputed, with advocates claiming that not only does it taste better, but it is better for you, and better for the environment. This, they claim makes its higher price – at least 20 per cent more expensive than non-organic food – more palatable.
For their part, disbelievers say that a huge question mark still hangs over organically grown foods, with some sceptics going so far as to suggest the whole concept is little more than a fad for people with more money than sense.
The organic movement received a significant boost at the end of last month with reports of a major study appearing to go some way towards proving that food grown to organic standards is more nutritious than food grown using chemicals and pesticides.