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Observation: Organic Food -"better than ordinary produce " ?

1 November 2007

Organic Food -"better than ordinary produce

November 07

We expect that a good number of you read about the latest research reported in The Telegraph at the end of last month that organic food is ‘better than ordinary produce’. There are clearly so many different findings on the great organic subject, but we thought that there were a few points of particular interest in Prof. Carlo Leifert’s study through Newcastle University.

Researchers on the Quality Low Input Food (QLIF) project grew fruit and vegetables and reared cattle on a 725-acre site at Nafferton Farm, Northumberland. They grew both organic and conventional test crops - including cabbages, lettuces, carrots, potatoes and wheat - side by side and compared factors such as nutritional quality. The scientists found that antioxidant levels in organic milk were up to 90 per cent higher than in conventional milk, as well as finding up to 40 per cent more antioxidants in organic vegetables.

The Telegraph goes on to report Prof Leifert as saying that the health benefits were so striking that moving to organic food was the equivalent of eating an extra portion of fruit and vegetables every day. Food for thought indeed…