Organic products don’t score points for their superior nutritional value, but still leave crops healthier.
This is the result of a study comparing soils and crops from 13 conventional farms with crops from 13 organic farms.
ORGANIC PRODUCTS HAVE A HIGHER NUTRITIONAL VALUE
The media are only too happy to say that there are no differences between conventional agricultural products and organic products.
A study recently published in the online edition of the journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) teaches anyone who is always happy to rub their hands when pseudo-scientists claim that organic food is neither better nor better. worse than conventional products.
The study shows that organic fruits and vegetables have a much higher nutritional value than conventional products, and they leave healthier soil behind.
Conventional products have nothing to envy to organic products “We show that it is not only possible to achieve high food quality with organic production methods, but that such quality is not achievable with common arsenal of chemicals today, ”said John Reganold, professor of soil science at Washington State Regents University and author of this study, which performed the most comprehensive analysis in this report. day of the different qualities of soil in intensive agricultural operations.
He selected farms that produce strawberries.
Strawberries are among the crops that are contaminated with high levels of pesticides in conventional agriculture.
ORGANIC PRODUCTS CONTAIN MORE ANTIOXIDANTS, MORE VITAMIN C, MORE POLYPHENOLS, MORE DRY MATTER, ETC.
Reganold and his team analyzed 31 different chemical and biological soil properties, taste, nutritional value and quality of three different strawberry species from 13 conventional farms and 13 organic farms.
They also studied the genetic diversity of fields, the results of which are fascinating.
Organic strawberries contain significantly more antioxidants, vitamin C, and polyphenols (phytonutrients) than conventionally grown strawberries.
Organic fruits also have a longer shelf life and higher dry matter content than conventional fruits.
Vitamin C simply means that organic fruit has more flavor and less water than conventional fruit.
ORGANIC PRODUCTS TASTE BETTER
Tasters who were asked to comment on the taste of the strawberries without knowing which strawberries were organic and which were conventional said organically grown ones tasted better overall.
Organic soils are alive and fertile, but that’s not all.
Soil samples have shown that organic soils are extremely rich in key nutrients, enzymes, and biological and chemical elements that are lacking in conventional soils.
This indicates that their general condition is more fertile and more stable at all times.
Without these nutrients and microorganisms in the soil, it is impossible to grow healthy products rich in bioactive substances.
ORGANIC FARMERS OBTAIN YIELDS AT LEAST AS HIGH AS CONVENTIONAL FARMERS
Professor Reganold has also found that organic farming methods produce as high yields – if not higher – than those of conventional farming.
Despite the fact that organic farmers do not use artificial fertilizers or harmful chemicals, thus protecting human health and the environment.