From the UK's Sunday Times:
The biggest study into organic food has found that it is more nutritious than ordinary produce and may help to lengthen people's lives. The evidence from the GBP12m four-year project will end years of debate and is likely to overturn UK government advice that eating organic food is no more than a lifestyle choice... the evidence of the nutritional differences has been mounting. Last summer a 10-year study by the University of California comparing organic tomatoes with those grown conventionally found double the level of flavonoids - a type of antioxidant thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. Other studies show milk having higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, thought to boost health.
Thanks to GM Watch for this! GM Watch comment: The Food Standards Agency, which, since its inception under John Krebs, has been vigorously pro-GM and anti-organic, is still trying its damnedest not to admit that organic is better. Andrew Wadge, the FSA's chief scientist, said the agency had now ordered a review of the evidence on differences between conventional and organic food, but said that even if the review found significant differences, the government would still need to assess any possible impact on health. In a letter to the journalist who reported this story, the FSA refused to release details on how they arrive at their policy on organic food: "the balance of the public interest test favours non-disclosure"!
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