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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


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