Some Canadian doctors want food treated like tobacco, but the nation’s largest national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, is having none of it. They lay out the case against the scatterbrained scheme: “The current mania for healthy foods high in antioxidants and friendly bacteria is the flip side of the wrong-headed notion that a potato chip or a slice of pizza is an edible form of death. Food is food, and the only proven road to good health is a combination of moderation and exercise.” Read the whole thing.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has weighed in on organic foods, and the ruling is that there’s not much to gain for your pretty penny. The bottom line: “Current evidence does not support any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits from eating organic compared with conventionally grown foods, and there are no well-powered human studies that directly demonstrate health benefits or disease protection as a result of consuming an organic diet.” After all, as British organic movement leader Peter Melchett said, organic is more about “go[ing] on feelings” than science.