Roanoke, VA - A new study published by the Stanford School of Medicine is stirring up quite a bit of interest. Researchers in the study say there is little evidence of health benefits from organic foods.
It is a debate that has raged for years, and Tuesday's news will likely do little to end it.
Businesses whose entire business plan revolve around the organic lifestyle, say regardless of this report, nothing will change with them.
According to the Stanford School of Medicine, an extensive analysis of existing studies shows little difference between organic and conventional foods based on health.
Diane Elliot, who owns Local Roots, a Roanoke restaurant that serves nothing but organic food, thinks the study won't change the minds of pro or anti organic consumers.
She thinks the fence-sitters may be affected most.
"I don't want to convince anyone, but let's look at it and talk about it. Let's look at what the good choices are for us and our health and the earth," she said.
Dennis Hooder agrees. He's eaten organic only for nearly a decade now and doesn't need a scientist to tell him there isn't a difference.
"In my lifestyle, I've noticed tremendous benefits when I switched over. I have some health issues, and I noticed when I switched over... went organic and natural that things improved for myself," said Hooder.
"You intake something over decades and it accumulates in your body, then you're probably going to look forward to problems down the road," said Dave Tribble, who eats organic food.
It's that big picture that counts to those that are already choosing organic. While there may be continued disagreement about the benefits of eating organic vegetables versus conventional, organic supporters point out that the movement also has to do with the Earth itself and the cycle of life.
"When we harm the earth and we eat the food that's grown that way, we harm ourselves," said Elliot.
Who funded the study is important to help ensure objectivity. According to Stanford's communications department, the dozen researchers who worked on this project received no outside funding for their work.