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    Some ground-breaking research in recent years has proven that organic food is nutritionally different

Frosty cabbages

Some ground-breaking research in recent years has proven that, as well as being free from nasty chemical surprises, organic food is actually nutritionally different to non organic.

 

  • Organic crops (cereals, fruit and vegetables) contain up to 60% more antioxidants. Switching to organic fruit and vegetables could give the same benefits as adding one or two portions of the recommended ‘5 a day’. (Higher levels of antioxidants might be because plants produce them to combat pests)
  • Because the animals get lots of exercise, organic meat has less saturated fat
  • Because they roam outside and eat a natural diet, organic milk and meat contain 50% more omega3 fatty acids (this is increased when animals eat clover)
  • 40% more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) in organic milk and dairy – linked to a range of health benefits including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and obesity
  • More iron, Vitamin E and carotenoids in organic milk and dairy

Farming organically is also better for the health of farmers and farmworkers.

Riverford founder Guy Singh-Watson (twice BBC Farmer of the Year) first started farming organically because he’d frequently suffered with headaches and nausea after spraying crops, while his brother had been hospitalised with poisoning.

Many of the pesticides Guy handled in the 70s and 80s have now been banned. How many more chemicals that were previously thought ‘safe’ will be found to potentially damage human health in the future?

Guy in a field of cabbages