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This weekend’s column: Eating for other people’s health ...

First Published Sep 10 2012 12:14 pm • Last Updated Sep 10 2012 12:14 pm

- Eating for other people’s health - By George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

My father was not a religious man. He did not say grace before meals. He would, though, frequently pause to contemplate his favorite dessert.

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"I don’t know why the Good Lord couldn’t have made pecan pie and ice cream a health food," he would declare, mournfully, before downing it.

Maybe that’s why he wasn’t religious. Too many design flaws.

The issue of what does and does not qualify as a health food is always an interesting and fluid one. ...

... The latest in this to-and-fro was last week’s release of a study that concluded that foods properly labeled as "organic" are not appreciably more nutritious than the more common, and often considerably less expensive, foods that do not qualify for such a designation. ...

... But, as The Atlantic online noted the other day, "That isn’t the point." ...

- Happy cows, healthy food - By Nicholas D. Kristof | The New York Times

YAMHILL, Ore. — Food can be depressing. If it’s tasty, it’s carcinogenic. If it’s cheap, animals were tortured.

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But this, miraculously, is a happy column about food! It’s about a farmer who names all his 230 milk cows, along with his 200 heifers and calves, and loves them like children. ...

- Organic Food vs. Conventional: What the Stanford Study Missed - Robyn O’Brien | The Huffington Post

- Is organic food worth it? - Baltimore Sun Editorial

- Thinking outside the processed-foods box — health and safety advantages of organic food - Bangor (Maine) Daily News

- What’s in a label? Conflicting studies over organic food - By S.E. Smith | Think Progress

- Why I’m still going to buy organic - By Terry Boyd | The Christian Science Monitor

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