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French Government Agrees: Organic Food is More Nutritious

French Government Agrees: Organic Food is More Nutritious

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 […]

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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.

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2 Comments

  • Hi Raine,

    Thanks so much for your feedback!! I greatly appreciate it.

    I am glad you posted a link to your article, which is a very good one.

    The only thing I can say is that we have to keep doing our work and spreading the word about organic food. As long we continue providing valuable information, people will get it — others slowly, others much faster.

    There is no doubt that the massive lobbying that takes place in Washington against organic remains a formidable foe. But given the tremendous growth rates of organic food vs. conventional food, consumers seems to be making a statement with their wallets. Furthermore, movies like Food, Inc. will only help raise awareness.

    Thanks for your fantastic work!

    Live well,
    Max

  • Max – I agree about the dishonesty that has to do with people who won’t admit organic foods are more nutritious. I have come across this multiple times in my professional life, and I’m very weary of having to defend it and produce “reliable” sources to prove myself to these individuals, only to have each of them say at the end that he or she still devalues the merit of organic food nutritionally. Here is a link to the article I wrote last summer about the American Dietetic Association’s outright refusal to support organic as more nutritious.

    http://www.agriculturesociety.com/?p=1368

    I had a number of RD’s respond to this post and state that they were in dismay about this position, but it seemed like many of them overall, felt sort of powerless to do anything about it. I told them that since they are members of this organization, it is their responsibility to stand up to the organization they disagree with an make attempts to get this position changed, especially since it is patently false.

    Thanks for this post! Great job on your web site.

    -Raine Saunders
    http://www.agriculturesociety.com

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