Apples - Getty imagesMany shoppers are willing to shell out more money for organic produce because they believe it is healthier — but a new report casts doubt on that. The Stanford University study challenges whether organic foods are more nutritious than conventional foods grown with pesticides. KQED’s Forum discusses the benefits of organic foods and the impact of ingesting trace amounts of pesticides. Do you buy organic? Will this new study change the way you eat?

Original Broadcast: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 — 10:00 AM

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Bruce Ames, professor emeritus of biochemistry at UC Berkeley and senior scientist at Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute
  • Chuck Benbrook, chief science consultant at The Organic Center, an Oregon-based research center
  • Crystal Smith-Spangler, physician and researcher at Stanford University’s School of Medicine and co-author of the study on organic foods
KQED’s Forum: Is Organic Food Healthier? 10 September,2012Wendy Goodfriend


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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