Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Report on Organic Food

People often claim that organic food is healthier and that this justifies paying higher prices for it. The organic food industry is now a rapidly growing multi-billion dollar industry. But are these proposed health benefits actually true? Does the scientific evidence support these claims?

It appears not. This recent report for the Food Standards Agency, which was a systematic examination of 162 articles published between 1958 and 2008, and involved 3558 comparisons of nutrients and other substances in organically and conventionally produced food, found that "organically and conventionally produced crops and livestock products are broadly comparable in their nutrient content".