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Soil Association comments on cancer research study

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Women who always or mostly eat organic foods are no less likely to develop cancer than women who eat a more conventional diet, according to a new Cancer Research UK study. Peter Melchett, director of policy at the Soil Association, launched a wide-ranging attack on the study. He said it was strange that the 21% decrease in non-Hodgkin lymphoma among women who reported usually or always eating organic food was being "so readily dismissed" by Cancer Research UK. He also said the reasons for buying organic foods varied, and ranged from the benefits to wildlife to the fact that organic standards prohibit GM crops and ingredients, harmful hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours and additives. "People also buy organic to reduce their exposure to pesticides – 320 of which can be routinely used in non-organic farming," Mr. Melchett explains 
 
Compared to other epidemiology studies, this one seemed to have a number of weaknesses. Important confounding factors like a women’s BMI and the amount of physical activity they partake in were only measured once during the eight year study, and the researchers admit other confounding factors which were not controlled for may have influenced the findings. It’s widely accepted that studying the relationship between diet and cancer is very challenging, given that processes that lead to development of cancer can operate over a lifetime and are hard to separate. The full statement of the Soil Association is available here: http://www.soilassociation.org/

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