I believe it is intellectually dishonest to say that organic food and non-organic food have the same nutritional value.
Soil quality directly impacts nutritional levels, and I find it impossible to believe that soil, which has been ravaged by toxic chemicals and mono-cropping, cannot suffer any nutritional consequences as a result.
The French government has come to a similar conclusion, albeit from a more empirical perspective.
A recent report by the French Agency for Food Safety (AFSSA) has found that organic foods are better for you and contain fewer pesticides and nitrates, which have been linked to a range of health problems including diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
The key points of the study include:
– More dry matter in organic vegetables, which means more nutrient dense
– Higher level of iron and magnesium in organic vegetables
– More polyphenols in organic fruits and vegetables
– Higher number of polyunsaturated fats and acids in meats and milk, lower number of saturated fatty acids in meat
– Increased level of nutrients in organic wholegrain cereals
The study, which was presented in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development, also said that toxic residues were mostly absent from the organic food that it tested.