Organic Fruit & Veg
Organic is Different
How we farm affects the quality of the food we eat and organic IS different.
The most up-to-date research shows that organic crops are of a much higher nutritional quality than their non-organic counterparts. The peer reviewed research, a 'meta-analysis' of 343 previous studies by Newcastle University, and published in the British Journal of Nutrition, has found significant differences between organic and non-organic farming.
The research presents strong evidence that switching to food produced organically can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants, without increased calories, as well as a reduced intake of potentially harmful cadmium and pesticides.
The key findings of the study were:
More of the good stuff.
- Switching to food produced using organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants, without increased calories.
- There are between 18% and 69% more antioxidants than food produced using non-organic methods.
Less of the bad.
- Choosing organically produced foods can lead to a reduced intake of potentially harmful cadmium and pesticides.
- The analysis detected 48% lower concentrations of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in organic crops.
- The frequency of occurrence of detectable pesticide residues is four times higher in non-organic crops.
- Non-organic fruit had the highest pesticide frequency (75%), compared to non-organic vegetables (32%) and non-organic crop based processed foods (45%).
- By contrast pesticide residues were found in 10% of organic crop samples.
Read the full paper, as published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
The best way to reduce your exposure to pesticides in all foods is to buy organic. Certified organic food including all fruits and vegetables will overall contain fewer pesticides. Many people don’t realise over 320 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and these are often present in non-organic food.
Switching a few of your food items to organically grown or produced products can increase your daily intake of nutrients and antioxidants. Knowing the origin of your produce and that it is pesticide free is very re-assuring.Adam Gray Michelin Starred Chef