The Organic Center responds to U.K. study

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A recent scientific literature review downplayed positive findings in favor of organic food, according to a response from The Organic Center. The study, commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency and conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is scheduled to appear in the September edition of the American Journal of Clinical Research.

The study concluded it found no important differences in the nutrition content, or any additional health benefits, of organic food when compared with conventionally produced food.

According to The Organic Center, the study downplayed significant differences between organically and conventionally grown crops in 3 out of 13 categories: nitrogen, phosphorus and tritratable acids. The study also omitted measures of some important nutrients, including total antioxidant capacity, and used data from old studies involving nutrient levels of plant varieties no longer on the market, according to The Organic Center..

The review process identified 162 articles published in peer-reviewed journals since Jan. 1, 1958, until Feb. 29, 2008.

The Organic Center added the study lacked quality controls contained in a competing study released in 2008 by The Organic Center. For example, that study matched pairs of crops grown on nearby farms on the same type of soil and from the same plant variety. The Organic Center seeks to generate peer-reviewed scientific information and communicate the verifiable benefits of organic farming and products.

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