Health benefits of organic food highlighted

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A new editorial published in the medical journal The Lancet highlights some important details from the recently commissioned European Parliament report on the human health benefits of organic food. The editorial emphasizes the benefits of an organic diet as a means to reduce exposure to synthetic pesticides (many of which are considered neurotoxic, endocrine-disruptive, or carcinogenic), toxic heavy metals, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. “Large, prospective, long-term studies are needed as well as deeper examination of agricultural policy and health,” the author concludes.