ACCORDING TO research from Stanford University published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, whilst organic food could cut your exposure to pesticides, it will not make you healthier.
Out of 200 studies there was no identifiable difference in nutritional content between organic and non-organic food. Fruit and vegetables contained comparable amounts of vitamins and organic milk the same amount of protein and fat (although findings showed that organic milk contained more Omega 3) as non-organic. Higher nitrogen levels identified in organic foods are believed to be due to differences in fertiliser use and timing of harvest.
Although the evidence supports the findings in a review of organic food claims commissioned by the Food Standards Agency, critics maintain the research is inconclusive and call for more studies. The Soil Association has said the study is flawed.