Many of us worry about pesticides in our food and try to eat organic food. Maybe you’ve even tried to grow your own crops. But in the back of your mind, did you ever wonder whether the expense and effort are worth it? You’re not alone. Even scientists have had a hard time assessing the health benefits of organic food.

Cynthia Curl, a food scientist at Boise State University, explains why determining whether organic food improves health has been hard – and how a new study from her research team could get us closer to an answer.

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Freshly harvested organic foods such as these radishes may seem to be healthier, but it is difficult to say for sure. Fedorovacz/

Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change

Cynthia Curl, Boise State University

Because of the way scientific studies are conducted, it's been hard to health benefits from eating organic food. A new study suggests, however, that there are ways to find out.

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