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Thursday, August 07, 2008

The truth about organic foods...

Aha...same amount of nutrients as non-organic food...
Shoppers can pay up to a third more for organic produce, but the researchers said that with no more nutrients, it was a "lifestyle choice".

Dr Susanne Bugel and a team at the University of Copenhagen's Department of Human Nutrition, studied fruit and vegetables on most families' shopping lists, including carrots, peas, apples and potatoes.

The team found no clear evidence of any difference in the vitamin and mineral content between the organically and the chemically grown crops.

Their findings are published in the Society of Chemical Industry's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

Dr Alan Baylis, from the society, said: "Modern crop protection chemicals to control weeds, pests and diseases are extensively tested and stringently regulated, and once in the soil, mineral nutrients from natural or artificial fertilisers are chemically identical.

"Organic crops are often lower yielding and eating them is a lifestyle choice for those who can afford it."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! I had already crossed tofu off my list because it is linked to Alzheimer's - never liked the stuff anyway.

What's next - home-made bread causes cancer?

9:10 AM  
Anonymous David Brown said...

"Aha...same amount of nutrients as non-organic food..."

Well, what else would one expect from foods grown in identical in nearly identical soils.

Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association, said the study is “an interesting piece of research”.

He drew attention to the fact that analyses were made on a dry weight basis, since the foods were freeze-dried straight after harvest. Organically grown produce often has a higher content of dry matter than non-organically grown, meaning that nutrients on a dry weight basis are not comparable.

This means that comparisons would be more relevant on a fresh weight basis as, except for convenience foods like crisps and soups, the fresh weight usually defines portion size.

“This means that the study may tell us something about the nutrient content of powdered soup and similar foods, but not about comparisons between organic and non-organic fresh fruit and vegetables, meat or dairy products.”

Melchett added that another weakness of the study was in growing the majority of the non-organic fruit and vegetables in soil that had previously been under organic, rather than non-organic, management. This, he said, makes it “quite unlike actual non-organic systems”.

Finally, Melchett referred to another study published by the same Danish research team earlier this year, which indicated “differences between dietary treatments composed of ingredients from different cultivation methods caused differences in some health-related biomarkers".

“In other words,” he said, “the animals fed an organic diet were actually found to be healthier than the animals given a non-organic diet.”

11:15 PM  
Blogger Rain said...

I don't care with the price as long as i can have my favorite fresh fruits,.. I always have an organic food delivered in our small restaurant. we are using organic vegetables here due to public demand...

4:16 PM  

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