Study Claims To Find No Evidence Of Organic Food Benefits

July 29, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) A study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has reported that there is no significant nutritional value of organic food over conventionally produced food.

The study was conducted by researching 50,000 papers published over a 50 year period, where the benefits of organic versus conventional food was cited. Of those papers, 162 articles were chosen that the researchers felt contained more relevant information or sources.

From those papers, the studies were analyzed based on the claims made, the sources they were made from, whether the sources could be verified, how the studies were performed, and other information.

“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,” Alan Dangour, one of the researchers on the project, was quoted in EurekAlert.

“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. Research in this area would benefit from greater scientific rigor and a better understanding of the various factors that determine the nutrient content of foodstuffs.”

Despite being cited as the largest and most in-depth study on the topic, it seems a little far-fetched, given the way the research was conducted. Since it was done on published material, rather than on food itself, it is sure to leave some still skeptical of it’s accuracy.

The study has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


5 Responses to “Study Claims To Find No Evidence Of Organic Food Benefits”

  1. Vince on July 29th, 2009 1:51 pm

    Right then, no benefits… Unless of course you consider NOT HAVING TO CONSUME PESTICIDE a benefit. The whole point of organic is fewer poisons not more nutrition.

  2. uri on July 29th, 2009 2:19 pm

    Dear London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Thank you for conducting research in order to tell us what the galactically stupid already know. No one is debating the nutritional content vis-a-vis conventionally grown products. It’s about not eating poison and growing food that is sustainable, and safe for the environment and humans; not for some company’s bottom-line.

    I would like to feel sorry on behalf of all British citizens for wasting tax payer pounds but honestly can you just tell us which companies paid for your research. You can’t make enough Kool Aid to drink this garbage. Good grief, you all must be tenured. Truly cutting edge research, cutting edge…

  3. Student Microscopes on July 29th, 2009 7:10 pm

    While there may be no nutritional differences that are visible under a discount student microscope, there are definitely other differences. The biggest difference between organic and regular produce is the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides. Not only do these additives impact the healthiness of the foods that are produced, but they also impact the quality of the local soil and water table.

  4. Ronk on July 30th, 2009 5:00 pm

    You are my new hero Uri. Who paid for this study anyway?

  5. OrganicTrade on July 31st, 2009 9:25 am

    It is important to remember that consumers purchase organic for a wide range of reasons. Some choose organic because it enables them to minimize their exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones, genetic engineering, and artificial ingredients. Others choose organic because in doing so, they support a system of sustainable agricultural management that promotes soil health and fertility, fosters species diversity, helps combat climate change, prevents damage to valuable water resources, and protects farmers and farmers’ families from exposure to harmful chemicals.

    Whatever their reasons, more and more consumers are recognizing that organic is worth it.

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