Regarding “An end to organic confusion” (Oct. 16): As the Department of Agriculture’s new organic-food regulations begin to take effect, the public still runs the risk of buying into the myth that organic is better.

Some people mistakenly imagine that organic food is especially safe or nutritious, or even that it is entirely pesticide free. It’s none of those things. And it makes no difference whether the organic food comes from a local farmer or a sizable company.

The US Department of Agriculture points out, correctly, that the new label “makes no claim that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food.”