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EU: New study shows positive implications of organic food

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The study reviews existing scientific evidence regarding the impact of organic food on human health from an EU perspective, with a focus on public health. The development of environmentally sustainable and healthy food systems is an international priority.

The study carried out by the European Parliament´s independent Research Service and published late December last year shows that organic food is better for health. The British Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett said: “Organic food sales have been growing strongly for three years, and a key reason that people buy organic food is that they feel it is better for them and their family – that is why more than half the baby food sold in the UK is organic. This new, independent, scientific review confirms people are right.”

The study is entitled Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture. According to the magazine Ecologist it “draws together existing scientific research into the differences between organic and non-organic food and farming. It is an overwhelming win for organic farming, finding that organic farming practices can help develop healthy food systems which are beneficial for public health”. The authors found a lot of benefits reviewing elder studies:

*Reduced risk of allergies in children

*Reduced likelihood of obesity in adults who ate organic

*Dietary patterns of people who eat organic are associated with health and environmental benefits, such as reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions

*Reduced exposure to pesticides through food, which can reduce risk of negative effects to children's cognitive development

*Reduced exposure to the heavy metal cadmium, which is present in high concentrations in artificial fertilisers and non-organic soils

and many more.  

The new study is a confirmation for organic farmers and the entire organic industry.


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