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Archive for the 'Organic foods' Category

Health effects of organic vs conventional foods

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Organic food is grown without using synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides and insecticides, growth hormones, or antibiotics. It cannot be irradiated, contain genetically engineered organisms or genetically modified organisms, and cannot be grown using sewage sludge fertilizer.

Researchers at Stanford University, in California, reviewed the evidence that farming by these criteria is better than conventional methods. (more…)

Reviewing the nutritional quality of organic foods

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

There’s no difference in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced foods, according to reviewers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in the UK. (more…)

Are organic kiwis healthier to eat?

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

A study by Dr. Maria Amodio from the University of California, Davis compared the nutritional profile of conventional and organic kiwis (aka, Chinese gooseberries).

Here are the results.


No differences in organic vs conventionally grown crops

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Another study fails to find nutritional benefit from organically grown crops.


Is organic food healthier?

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

According to Claire Williamson, a nutrition scientist for the British Nutrition Foundation, “There appears to be a perception among many consumers that organic foods are more nutritious… However, to date there are limited data to support this view.”

But, there are some exceptions. (more…)

Organically grown tomatoes contain higher levels of flavonoids

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

So far, demonstrating a nutritional advantage of organically grown food has been difficult.

Here’s a study that supports the added nutritional benefits of organic tomatoes. (more…)

Are Canadian academics opposed to organic farming?

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Earlier this year a report from the University of Alberta concluded that the environmental impact of food-miles racked up by organic produce when making the trip from farm to grocery store cancels out the benefits of growing it according to organic principals.

Now, there’s this from a technician at Malaspina University College in British Columbia, Canada. (more…)

Nutritional comparison of organic and conventionally grown wheat

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Scientists at Germany’s Federal Research Centre for Nutrition and Food compared wheat grown organically to wheat farmed conventionally with chemical fertilizers.

Here’s a summary of a report in the Toronto Sun based on an article published in the journal Agricultural & Food Chemistry.