The Organic debate   



The Organic Debate

 
The last decade has seen the organic food industry boom around the world. But does consumming organically grown produce make a difference to our health? These findings appear in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:

1. The Organic Center (TOC), a pro-organic non-profit research organisation in Rhode Island, US, concluded that organic foods offer 25 percent more nutrients than conventional foods.

2. Researchers at University of California claim to have found higher levels of nutrients in organic tomatoes, kiwifruit, corn and strawberries grown side-by-side with conventional versions.

3. A review commissioned by Britain's Food Standards Agency (FSA) and conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, studied 50 years of published data and concluded that organic food contained no more nutritional value than food grown traditionally.

So who do we believe? Gill Fine, the FSA's director of consumer choice and dietary health, said the study was about ensuring people have accurate information in order to make informed choices about the food they eat.

"This study does not mean that people should not eat organic food," she said. "What it shows is that there is little, if any, nutritional difference between organic and conventionally produced food and that there is no evidence of additional health benefits from eating organic food. "What all findings forget to mention is that the lack of pesticide use –the main reason people buy organic- in organic food was not taken into account for the purpose of these studies.
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Evelyn


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