New Meta-Analysis Identifies Three Significant Benefits Associated With Organically Grown Plant-Based FoodsMonday, July 14th, 2014
Washington State University
by Chuck Benbrook
There have been four progressively rigorous meta-analyses published since 2009 focusing on differences in the nutritional quality and safety of organic versus conventional food. The latest comes out July 15, 2014 in the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN). I was the sole American scientist on the mostly European research team that produced the BJN paper:
Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. Baranski, M., D. Srednicka-Tober, N. Volakakis, C. Seal, R. Sanderson, G. B. Stewart, C. Benbrook, B. Biavati, E. Markellou, C. Giotis, J. Gromadzka-Ostrowska, E. Rembiałkowska, K. Skwarło-Son, R. Tahvonen, D. Janovska, U. Niggli, P. Nicot and C. Leifert.
I have been asked by the team to help disseminate our study’s results in the U.S. Toward this end, we have posted on the M2M website an extensive set of resources on the study including:
- The abstract and links to the full, open-access paper;Press releases from WSU and Newcastle University in the U.K., home to several of the co-authors and study leader Carlo Leifert;
- Extensive FAQs covering major findings, methodological details, and why this study’s findings are more robust than earlier ones;
- Discussion of the findings, limits, and flaws in earlier reviews;
- A set of graphics and tables summarizing methods, data sources, and major findings (available as a downloadable Powerpoint), and
- Links to other resources on the study.