Tuesday, November 20, 2007

London Times Says "Organic Really Is Better"

At last it looks like people might to take the organic vs. non-organic issue seriously.

An article entitled "Official: organic really is better" appeared in the October 28, 2007, Sunday edition of The London Times.

According to results from a $25-million study on organic food, the largest of its kind to date, this four-year, European-Union-funded study found that:

• Organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 40% more antioxidants
• Organic produce had higher levels of beneficial minerals like iron and zinc
• Milk from organic herds contained up to 90% more antioxidants

The researchers obtained their results after growing fruit and vegetables, and raising cattle, on adjacent organic and non-organic sites. They say that eating organic foods can even help to increase the nutrient intake of people who don’t eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency, which has formerly said that there is no difference between organic and conventional foods, is reviewing the research findings.