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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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By thurston on 9/7/2010 8:29:05 PM , Rating: 2
WTF? Why has Lord666 been modded down? Whoever did the modding needs to go buy a dozen fresh eggs from a farmer. There is a huge difference in taste and appearance, the yolks are usually bright orange. Crack one after a few weeks and you get the familiar yellow yolk. While your buying your eggs buy a tomato from the farmer that has been ripened on the vine by the sun, then eat one that has been ripened by ethylene gas. If you say you cannot tell the difference then you are a liar.

By Reclaimer77 on 9/7/2010 9:27:26 PM , Rating: 2
WTF? Why has Lord666 been modded down?

Cause he's full of it?

By Lord 666 on 9/8/2010 8:46:09 AM , Rating: 2
Nah, because most ignorant people on DT rate people up and down on emotion versus actual logic. There is a noticeable difference in the taste of food items I listed. I'll try the milk test, but we only have organic milk in the house at the moment for the kids.

Tmouse agrees with what I posted; there is a difference in the quality of food. However, he disagreed with the terms "organic" versus "inorganic" and attributed the possible freshness difference to smaller quantities of food in the organic distribution pipeline. Eventually, he surmised that "organic" is for the privelaged. To a degree, I can see his point but bottom line there is a difference.

Personally refuse to compromise on taste or quality for the sake of saving .30 a pound.

By JediJeb on 9/8/2010 2:07:58 PM , Rating: 2
An even bigger difference you will find is in hybride versus heirloom(native genetics) vegitables. Try heriloom tomatos and see if they are not better than hybrids, I think you will be surprised. But don't expect nice perfect round tomatos from the heirloom plants, most are wrinkly and unsymetrical and most would not sell at all in large chain stores since the bulk of the population have been taught that a good tomato is one that is nice and round and smooth. Round smooth tomatos did not exist until the big companies needed them because they can be processed through their machines better than the irregular shaped ones. Also doesn't matter as much if orgainc or conventional growing practices are employed, the heirloom varieties taste better.

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