Does Organic Food Taste Better than Conventional Food?


There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that organic tastes better. For example, when the Chicago Tribune had a panel tasting specialty chickens (Amish, Heritage, etc.), organic chickens were rated the tastiest.


We’re often told that the produce tastes better, especially tomatoes. However, since taste is subjective, it’s hard to evaluate. If the taster is consuming an organic tomato fresh from his/her own garden or from a local farmer that picked it the day before, we wonder if it tastes better because it’s so fresh or because it’s organic (or both). A real test, suggests food scientist Dr. Joe Regenstein, would be side by side plots of the same variety grown under the same conditions.



Catherine N. Cutter, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Dept. of Food Science


Joe Regenstein, Ph.D. Cornell University, Dept. of Food Science  “Shopping for Chicken: Looking for Low Price, High Quality, or Humane Care?”


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