Organic vegetables 'not any healthier'

26th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Vegetables cultivated in the traditional manner are just as healthy as their organic counterparts, according to the findings of new research

26 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — Vegetables cultivated in the traditional manner are just as healthy as their organic counterparts, according to the findings of new research

Dutch consumer group Consumentenbond said its study found organic vegetables scarcely contain more vitamins, minerals or antioxidants.

The finds will be published on Friday, the organisation confirmed to newspaper 'De Volkskrant' on Thursday.

The study looked at 15 vegetables, including broccoli, chicory and cucumber. The researchers also looked at the tomato, which is technically a fruit. There was hardly any difference in the amount of healthy materials in the traditional and organic varieties.

Biologica, the organisation of organic farmers, said in reaction the benefits of organic farming for the environment were incontrovertible.

Maintaining there is evidence organic produce does contain higher concentrations of "healthy matter", the organisation said its members never made a direct claim about their products being intrinsically healthier.

It is more important, Biologica said, that organic farming does not make use of chemical pesticides. As a result organic produce contains practically no residue of pesticides.

There have been hundreds of studies worldwide into the difference between the nutritional value of organic and traditional products, Biologica said. More than half of the studies found organic fruit and vegetables did contain more healthy elements, such as Vitamin C.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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