Thursday, July 30, 2009

Organic Food Not Healthier, Study Finds

LONDON - According to a major study just published, organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over conventionally produced food.

As expected organic food enthusiast were up in arms and challenged the conclusions.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said consumers paid higher prices for organic food in part because they believed in the perceived health benefits, creating a global organic market worth an estimated $48 billion in 2007.

A systematic review of 162 scientific papers published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, however, found there was no significant difference.

"A small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs, but these are unlikely to be of any public health relevance," said Alan Dangour, one of the report's authors.

"Our review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority."

The results of research, which was commissioned by the British government's Food Standards Agency, were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.