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organic strawberries  (Source: vancityallie.com)
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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By FITCamaro on 9/7/2010 8:32:24 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly my point. Like this freaking egg scare. Well as long as you're not eating the raw egg and wash your hands after you handle them, you'll be fine. Or the freaking tomato scare was it last year or the year before.

All of it is big government nanny state bullsh*t where nothing bad is supposed to happen to anyone ever for any reason. Our parents and grandparents grew up eating food cooked in lard. Ate eggs fresh out of the chickens ass. They survived just fine. I think there' so many kids with allergies and crap these days because we coddle kids too much.

A lady here at work, who I really love talking to, says she never let her kids lick the beaters when making a cake because they might get sick from the raw egg. I say BS to that. I still to this day eat raw batter for anything I bake. I never get sick from it.


By Reclaimer77 on 9/7/2010 3:35:05 PM , Rating: 1
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A lady here at work, who I really love talking to, says she never let her kids lick the beaters when making a cake because they might get sick from the raw egg.


Man, what a bitch. She's depriving her kids of one of the true joys in life at that age.

One day, when they are too old to do it themselves, they'll see other kids licking the beaters and think "I never got to do that..."

Then they will cry and drive their car off a bridge.


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