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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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How is this TECH?
By sleepeeg3 on 9/7/2010 12:28:46 AM , Rating: 3
Strawberries? Siriusllly??

Hippie tree-huggers do realize that in order for people to use all organic crops, we would have to find more arable land to make up for the losses from insects, most likely by mowing down the rainforest? It also leads to fewer crops, higher costs and starvation. You know, cause and effect, that whole shebang? ...or is economics not required for environmental science? Don't answer that.

I imagine the thought process goes something like this:
organic = good
trees = good
oxygen = good
solar/wind = good
Starbucks = good

pesticides = bad
climate change = bad
carbon = bad
nuclear = bad
Waffle House = bad

Anytime someone introduces evidence that would totally shatter any of these brain brandings, their minds are like the Far Side cartoon on what we say to cats vs what they hear.

I leave you with these mind benders:
-Trees are made of carbon.
-Oxygen also kills us.
-World has 10x less CO2 than it did during the Jurassic and it is only 0-2°C cooler.
-Solar/wind cost 3x as much money as nuclear. Money takes work. Work requires input. Input comes from CO2 producing people. Input costs increase 3x. People compete with other people and lose jobs/lives, because of costs.

RE: How is this TECH?
By nstott on 9/7/2010 1:20:59 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot to inlcude the mind bender that organic chemicals include benzene, dioxin, and all pesticides.

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