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Organic is different
How we farm really does affect the quality of the food we eat.
Groundbreaking research published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic farming.
In 2014, the team at Newcastle University found organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones.
A new study, released in the British Journal of Nutrition, has also shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.
The studies are the largest systematic review of their kind, and were led by Newcastle University and an international team of experts.
Good things happen when you go organic
- organic milk and meat contain around 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic.
- organic meat had slightly lower concentrations of two saturated fats
- organic milk and dairy contains slightly higher concentrations of iron, Vitamin E and some carotenoids
- organically produced crops (cereals, fruit and vegetables) up to 68% more antioxidants than non-organic.
- organic fruit and veg contain lower concentrations of pesticides and the toxic heavy metal cadmium.
The evidence from this study is overwhelming – that organic food is high in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals and pesticides.Professor Carlo Leifert - Newcastle University
Fruit & Veg Research
In 2014, research showed organically crops, such as fruit and veg, are of a much higher nutritional quality than their non-organic counterparts. The study suggested switching to food produced organically contained higher levels of some desirable antioxidants whilst reducing the intake of potentially harmful cadmium and pesticides.Find out more
Meat & Dairy Research
No system of farming produces meat or milk with higher nutrient levels or higher standards of animal welfare. The research showed organic milk and meat contain around 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic.Find out more
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This research confirms what many people have always thought was true - what you feed farm animals and how you treat them affects the quality of the food. The hard work organic farmers put into caring for their animals pays off in the quality of the food they produce - giving real value for moneyHelen Browning CEO of the Soil Association