Organic food superior

This article was originally published in August 2014

A major study published in the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition claims conclusive evidence that organic crops &#8212 and foods &#8212 are nutritionally superior to conventional crops and foods.

An international team led by Newcastle University analyzed 343 studies, the largest research effort of its kind. It found organic crops and foods have up to 60 percent more key antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.

Pesticide residues are much lower in organic crops and organics contain significantly lower levels of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal. Researchers say the study corrects shortcomings of earlier studies.

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