Organic Meat Not Safer Than Nonorganic Options

The Physicians Committee

Organic Meat Not Safer Than Nonorganic Options

May 1, 2015

Organic meat contains the same amount of carcinogens if not more when compared to nonorganic meat, according to a study published online in Environmental Science and Pollution Research International. Researchers analyzed 76 samples of both organic and conventional meat, including beef, chicken, and lamb, for 33 different carcinogens and compared them to average consumption rates. All samples contained carcinogens with very small differences between organic and nonorganic meats. For certain persistent organic pollutants (POPs), results showed higher levels of contamination in organic meat, particularly lamb.

Hernández AR, Boada LD, Mendoza Z, et al. Consumption of organic meat does not diminish the carcinogenic potential associated with the intake of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. Published online April 19, 2015.

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