Well, of course, certain people were not going to take this finding lying down:
In the most comprehensive study ever to be carried out into the nutritional content of organic food compared to ordinary fare, scientists found no significant difference in vitamins and minerals.
Me, I am absolutely certain that at least some organic* meat tastes better: but that\’s to do with slower growth and their diet, not the \”organic\” part. I\’ also entirely happy to agree that certain organic fruits and vegetables taste better: but I tend to think that this is because they are different varieties rather than because they are organic.
The splutters about why this report must be wrong don\’t quite ring true though:
But celebrity chefs and organic farmers said the studies failed to take into account the health impact of the \”cocktail of chemicals\” left on conventional food and the environmental benefits of growing organic food on wildlife-friendly farms.
Environmental benefits? Meh….offset those against teh need for more land and not sure there are any. But anyway, that\’s not what this report was looking at. On the pesticides, well, there have been any number of reports into pesticide residues and the most important fact from all of them is that 99% of the pesticides found in the food you might eat are naturally occuring ones, created by the plants themselves to fight off predators. The 1% or less is simply trivial by comparison.
Lord Melchett, Policy Director of The Soil Association, argued that the small differences in minerals and vitamins found in the study do benefit health.
\”The FSA study does show generally that there are beneficial nutrients in organic than non-organic, but the researchers have concluded these are not important – for example, flavonoids and beta carotene. We think they are and more recent studies back these up. \”
We could do a nice little test there actually. What is the increase in these \”nutrients\” (what the rest of us would call chemicals actually)? 10%? 20%? And the price increase for organic is 50%? More? So you get more of them by buying the non-organic and eating a little more at a lower price.
One predicton: this will run and run…..
*Yes, yes, all food is organic but that\’s not what people mean here.