Which is more healthy: natural or organic?
It is not uncommon for many people to buy organic food on impulse, buying organic products at a higher price than conventional ones, said John R. Dvorak, director of food policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.
That leads to people buying fewer healthy foods and eating fewer fruits and vegetables.
And because most organic products are organic, they are more expensive, he said.
The question is whether organic foods are as healthy as conventional ones.
Organic foods are often cheaper, too.
A study released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the average organic food was nearly 20 percent cheaper than the same product made by conventional growers.
But a growing body of research has shown that organic food has a higher risk of containing pesticide residues, and some studies have found organic foods also tend to have higher pesticide levels.
In recent years, many consumer groups have also said that organic foods contain more pesticides than conventionally grown foods.
So if organic foods taste better, or they are cheaper, why do many consumers avoid them?
Some people say they don’t want to buy processed foods.
“I think a lot of people don’t really want to eat anything that is processed,” said John C. Sargent, professor of marketing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
But there are many reasons.
The organic food industry says that consumers who are skeptical about the health benefits of organic food should seek out more organic alternatives, such as organic produce.