Link Love Friday: Controversy

This week I’m pondering a recent study about organic food that’s been getting a lot of attention. I’m sure you’ve heard about it, but just in case you haven’t, here’s the gist: a recent article in Annals of Internal Medicine says there’s little proof that organic foods are healthier than non-organic foods, based on a meta-analysis of existing studies that compared the two. (You can read more about it here.)

The big problem with this meta-analysis, in my opinion, is that people don’t necessarily buy organic foods because they think they’re healthier. Personally, I buy them because I want to minimize my exposure to synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and growth hormones—not because I think an organic carrot has more beta-carotene than a conventionally grown carrot or because I think an organic chicken breast has more protein than its non-organic counterpart. And I think there are many other reasons why people buy organic foods. Which means, to me, this study is fundamentally flawed. (Apparently I’m not the only one who has problems with it—check out this post from Organic Authority for a completely different point of view.)

I heard a great, thoughtful discussion about this study on NPR last week, and I’ll share it here as soon as I can find the link—but in the meantime, have you heard about this study? Do you buy organic food? Will you change your buying habits because of it?

Here’s what else I’ve been reading+enjoying lately:

  • The nail polish debate rages on, and the ladies at No More Dirty Looks (as per usual) have my favorite take on it. I’m sort of in between the No. 1 and No. 2 categories, although I’m starting to flirt with the No. 3 category. I agree that there isn’t really a nail polish out there that’s truly clean. But I also love getting pedicures, which is why I do sometimes include nail polish in the roundups I write for Indigo+Canary. Where do you fall in this debate?
  • Crunchy Betty shared a lot of great, simple pimple home remedies. My favorite? A dab of apple cider vinegar, which I happen to always have in my cabinet since I use it as a clarifying rinse for my hair. Do you have a go-to blemish fighter?
  • My friend Kari documented making her own laundry detergent. This is something else I think I’m going to try—although I’ll use something a bit more natural than Ivory soap for my soap shavings. Would you try it?

What have you been reading lately? Any good links to share? —Aleigh

(Image via ilovebutter)

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4 Comments on Link Love Friday: Controversy

  1. Aimee D said on

    That so called study is so bogus. Its not a study at all, its just a paper written by a communication major. There were no new findings, and the ‘study’ claims that non-organic food has “nearly” the same nutritional content. What is nearly? And I find that hard to believe since most of the non-organic farms are on depleted soils. (Correct me if I`m wrong on that) Anyway I am shocked that it got this much media attention to begin with. And I agree with you on the fact that most people buy organic foods because of all the other “extras” that are in non-organic.
    Nail Polish: I quit wearing it a few months before I got pregnant (which was a year ago now) because of what I had read in Sophie Uliano’s book : Gorgeously Green, 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life. I didn’t want to take any chances there! I still enjoy pedicures, just asked them not to use nail polish or the remover on me. I also have nail buffer which I use to make my nails naturally shiny.
    I love cider vinegar for my hair! And without a doubt, my go-to blemish fighter is The Purifying Blemish Gel from a line of internationally certified organic skin care products that I sell called MiEssence. I think the reason why it works so well is because they use Thyme Essential oil as a main ingredient, which is now being looked at in labs for a cure to antibiotic-resistant strains of MRSA. I have the link to the study somewhere if you are interested.
    My Laundry detergent is very simply: Washing Soda, Borax, and Oxiclean. Sometimes I add a bit of Tea Tree oil to the wash for really dirty loads. I`m sure the Oxiclean isn’t all that organic, but I do cloth diapering on my baby and it was in a recipe that was considered to be safe for cloths, and now I just use it on the rest of the wash.
    Hope this helps!

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    • indigo+canary said on

      I love everything about this comment! Thanks, Aimee. 🙂

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  2. Autumn said on

    Do you have any suggestions as to what kind of natural soap to use? Or rather what kind not to use? My only concern would be leaving a residue on my clothes due to a moisturizing ingredient in the soap.

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