Organic food and cancer

The absolute risk difference was very small. While those who ate the most organics were 25% less likely to get cancer, this actually equated to an absolute risk reduction of about 0.5% (cancer is relatively rare, read more about absolute vs relative risk here).

The results did not hold true for men, younger adults, less educated people, people who never smoked or smoke currently, or (and this one is important), those with a high overall dietary quality.

Doesn’t look like it really does work then. About the better diet part, not the organic…..like that stuff about milk and Omega 3. It’s not because it’s organic per se, it’s that organic farmers have more clover in their fields. A side effect, not the thing itself.

12 thoughts on “Organic food and cancer”

  1. My favourite part highlighted:

    The results did not hold true for men, younger adults, less educated people, people who never smoked or smoke currently, or (and this one is important), those with a high overall dietary quality.

    But it holds for well-educated people…organic food protects you against cancer but only if you have a degree!

  2. When even the Guardian is calling out your bullshit on organic food, you know your premise is flimsier than an organic souffle.

  3. people who never smoked or smoke currently,

    Depressing news for people who used to smoke but have since quit.

  4. “Depressing news for people who used to smoke but have since quit.”

    What? The fact they are going to die?. Sometime, of something.

    Would you prefer to die for no good reason at all?

    If so vote for socialism.

  5. There’s another thing will confound the study. Lies. A lot of people will tell you they “always eat organic” because it’s virtue signalling. Whether they do’s another matter. And they get lied to. Happened to pass through the market place of our small town in the Tarn et Garonne when they were setting up, one morning. Past the stall where the “we’ve a house in France, y’know” mob like to buy their authentically French, organically grown, local produce. The authentically French, organically grown, locally produced vine tomatoes the stall holder was unloading from his van were in boxes labelled from the Plastic Coast along from here in Almeria. (No doubt liberally spiked with plutonium from the H-bomb the Yanks in inadvertently dropped back in the 60s). It was May, FFS! You can probably trust Tescos when it tells you it’s organically grown. The small shops & farmers’ markets obsessive localovores prefer would make a used car dealer look like a paragon of honesty.

  6. Ecksie – you’re candidly a bit quick on the draw there.

    It’s not a question of a desire for immortality being thwarted, it’s that of the three categories – life-long non-smokers, people who have given up smoking and people currently smoking – only the middle lot need to eat organic food apparently.

  7. David Frost, That Was The Week That Was, did a skit on advertising claims, one imaginary claim being about a new tyre that skidded 90% less… then Frost added, than a banana skin.

    X% less risk is meaningless unless the total risk from all causes is known and stated.

  8. The Magic Food schtick will go on for another 20 or 30 years.

    Which will die first, Magic Food or Climate Change™?

  9. Meissner, that’s the kind of bollocks that inevitably arises from multiple subgroup analysis. The peak/trough in the middle always means “nothing to see here”.

  10. BIS- “The small shops & farmers’ markets…. make a used car dealer look like a paragon of honesty”
    Yes exactly. Its a wonder there are so few dissonance symptoms displayed by those folk. Those who rail against supermarkets with LGBTQ abandon and then handover twice as much to a mustachioed pierre/pedro/peter for some dirty carrots that they have to wash themselves.

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