A new study claims to have found significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic food. Organic food is defined as “produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals.” More info can be found on the Soil Association website.
A team of scientists at Newcastle University found that organic crops contain up to 69% more antioxidants (linked to a reduced risk of cancer and chronic diseases) than conventionally grown produce, and claims that switching to organic fruit and vegetables would equal eating two extra portions of fruit and veg a day. Organic food was also lower in toxic heavy metals and pesticide residues.
Other organizations, such as the Crop Protection Association (CPA), which promotes the use of pesticides, see no reasons to switch to organic foodstuffs. CEO Nick von Westenholz said: “Tests show that no consumers are exposed to pesticide residues at levels that threaten their health. Over 97% of UK farms are conventional and these farms produce crops that are healthy, affordable and safe. “
What do you think – do you believe organic food is better for you than non-organic?