Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?

@article{SmithSpangler2012AreOF,
  title={Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?},
  author={Crystal M. Smith-Spangler and M. Brandeau and G. Hunter and J. Bavinger and M. Pearson and P. Eschbach and V. Sundaram and Hau Liu and P. Schirmer and C. Stave and I. Olkin and D. Bravata},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={157},
  pages={348 - 366}
}
BACKGROUND The health benefits of organic foods are unclear. PURPOSE To review evidence comparing the health effects of organic and conventional foods. DATA SOURCES MEDLINE (January 1966 to May 2011), EMBASE, CAB Direct, Agricola, TOXNET, Cochrane Library (January 1966 to May 2009), and bibliographies of retrieved articles. STUDY SELECTION English-language reports of comparisons of organically and conventionally grown food or of populations consuming these foods. DATA EXTRACTION 2… Expand
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