Is Organic Food Better For You?

September 8, 2014 10:28 PM

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Is Organic Food Better For You?

A new study by Newcastle University on organic versus conventional crops confirms that organic farming methods do have a positive impact on health. Results found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic crops versus conventional crops. Antioxidants have been linked to a lower risk of cancer and other diseases in humans. Plants naturally produce antioxidants to defend themselves against pests and diseases. But when pesticides are applied, plants lose the need to generate antioxidants for their own defenses.

Dr. Charles Benbrook, professor at Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources and co-author of the study, says, "Our results are highly relevant and significant and will help both scientists and consumers sort through the often conflicting information curre...

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