Is organic food better for health

This is exactly how Mark Smallwood, director of the Rodale Institute, summed up the situation in an interview with the Huffington Post:

If we want to feed the world for the next 50 years, then we can do that very well with conventional agriculture. But if we want to feed the world for the next 1,500 years, then we should better focus on organic farming.

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