Organic Food Healthier for You?
foods are healthier food you if you just look at the obvious:
pesticides. Your chances of getting pesticide residues are much
less with organic food. But what about the nutritional
content of the actual food?
The biggest study ever of organic food in 2007 found
that fruit and vegetables contain up to 40% more antioxidants that
conventional equivalents, and that the figure was 90% for organic
milk. The 4-year study was funded by the European Union and was
the largest of its kind ever undertaken.
From Earth Island Journal:
Benbrook, chief scientist at the Organic Center and former executive
of the Board
of the National Academy of Sciences, maintains a database of
all the studies published since 1980 that compare the nutrient
of organic and conventional foods. His analysis of food comparison
studies shows that, on average, conventionally grown fruits and
vegetables have 30 percent fewer antioxidants than their organically
grown counterparts. This makes enough of a difference, says Benbrook,
that “consumption of organic produce will increase average
daily antioxidant intake by about as much as an additional serving
of most fruits and vegetables.”
public health implications of farming methods that restore food
density are tantalizing. Several studies
released in 2007 suggest that moving US agriculture toward organic
practices could help to reduce the incidence of some of our nation’s
most debilitating and costly chronic diseases.
defnition, Organic foods are produced according to certain production
standards, meaning they are grown without the use of conventional
pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge,
and that they were processed without ionizing radiation or food
additives. Livestock are reared without the routine use of
antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones. In most countries,
organic produce must not be genetically modified.