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Organically managed soils are more genetically diverse and healthier as well

A study published last year claimed that organic food has no additional health benefits over non-organic food. But now, a new study not only shows that organic strawberries offer more nutritional value than conventional strawberries, but they also make soil healthier. 

The study from last year, which was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and led by Dr. Alan Dangour, claimed that organic chicken, beef, milk, fruit and vegetables do not provide any additional nutritional advancement to a person's diet. According to Dangour and his team, there is a small number of nutritional differences between organic and non-organic foods, such as the fact that organic foods have more phosphorous. But Dangour insists that phosphorous is available in everything people eat and is "not important for public health."

"Acidity is also higher in organic produce, but acidity is about taste and sensory perception and makes no difference at all for health," said Dangour. "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."

Now a new study challenges Dangour's research, but only where strawberries are concerned. According to the new study, which was published in PLoS One and lead by Washington State University, organic strawberries are more nutritious and flavorful than those that are grown through chemical-laden farming. Also, organic strawberries leave soil genetically diverse and healthier. 

Ninety percent of the U.S. strawberry crop is grown on farms in California, so the Washington State researchers analyzed 31 biological and chemical soil properties and soil DNA as well as the quality, nutrition and taste of three types of strawberries on 13 chemical farms and 13 organic farms.

The results of their research were that organic strawberries had a longer shelf life, much higher antioxidant activity, more dry matter and higher concentrations of ascorbic acid and phenolic compounds than non-organic strawberries. In addition, anonymous testers were asked to taste the different kinds of strawberries, and many of them found that one type of organic strawberries has sweeter and better flavor than the others, as well as a better appearance.

When analyzing the soil these organic strawberries were grown in, the researchers found that this organically managed soil had greater genetic diversity, and also beat the non-organic soil in terms of carbon sequestration, micronutrients, microbial biomass and enzyme activity.  

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RE: Soil DNA?
By Mitch101 on 9/6/2010 10:23:57 AM , Rating: 2
For me its the same when they label something 97% fat free but when you do the calorie math you find out its closer to 30% fat.

Im sure there are some very legitimate organic producers out there but there is a lot more scam out there than legit and the government cant keep up with the fraud that takes place.

RE: Soil DNA?
By xsilver on 9/6/2010 12:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
My pet peeve is stupid labeling

candy that is labeled "99% fat free"
peanut butter labeled "low in sugar"
sugar that is labeled "low GI" WTF?!

Even low fat milk to me is a bit of a gimmick - normal milk only has 3-4% fat in it - low fat milk is going to save you 2-3%. You have to drink a CRAPLOAD of milk for that to make a difference, and if you're having it with cookies/chocolate sauce/whatever just makes no sense.

RE: Soil DNA?
By ekv on 9/6/2010 12:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
chocolate chip cookies w/o milk?! that's just hell.

RE: Soil DNA?
By FITCamaro on 9/6/2010 1:01:50 PM , Rating: 3
Remember the "Got Milk?" commercials in the late 90s?

"Where am I....."

Loved those. I can't eat cookies without milk.

RE: Soil DNA?
By BadAcid on 9/6/2010 1:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
"oh I'm sorry, times up"

...Awwon Buww :(

RE: Soil DNA?
By xsilver on 9/7/2010 8:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
sorry, yeah what I meant is that people saying that they are on a diet so they drink skim milk - but then they dig in to half a box of cookies. Just have full cream milk and 1 cookie less. Makes more sense to me?

RE: Soil DNA?
By ekv on 9/7/2010 9:51:22 PM , Rating: 2
"1 cookie less" totally agree with what you're saying. You opened the door for the 'got milk' follow up though. Had to take it 8)

RE: Soil DNA?
By Spivonious on 9/6/2010 5:49:40 PM , Rating: 2
Well, whole milk is 8% milkfat. I drink skim because it's the cheapest. Did you know that they skim all of the fat off, and then add it back in for the 1%, 2%, and whole?

RE: Soil DNA?
By NullSubroutine on 9/6/2010 11:30:50 PM , Rating: 2
Eh, no. In the US and UK whole milk is ~4% or 3.25%.

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