The case is building for real, quantifiable data on the nutritional benefits of organic food. From the USA and across Europe experimental data is piling up to challenge doubters – such as the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Defra – who argue that buying organic is merely a lifestyle choice.
Early results of a £12 million, four year EU study on the nutritional qualities of organic food suggest that some of them, such as fruit, vegetables and milk, are more nutritious than “conventionally” produced food and may contain higher concentrations of antioxidants, so useful in fighting cancer and in maintaining heart health. There were also higher levels of beneficial minerals such as iron and zinc.
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