The media needs hype to sell advertising. It has nothing to do with facts. Wheat, grown without chemical fertilizer, is of a darker colour, and even has more flavour. Pigs can be raised on it without vitamins, minerals and antibiotics. But chemical fertilized wheat requires all three for hog raising.
Chemical fertilizer causes faster growth, more carbohydrate and about the same mineral and vitamin absorption. The nutritional density is higher. And then there is flavour, but if it is two day or a week old, all the flavour is gone anyway.
Pesticides are a different issue. Brassica, without pesticide is near hopeless. Other things are often deformed without it. It comes down to what can be sold, and is it profitable. Organic is labour intensive, and fresh, taste much different. If it is at the end of it’s shelf life, the taste is the same.
Everybody’s got an opinion. It just does not matter. Until we test it for ourselves, and it makes a difference in our life it is just noise.
But then, some people think sugar, wheat, grains, and manufactured oil produces are foods.