From Friday's Daily Mail (UK)
By Allan Hall
Last updated at 10:08 AM on 28th May 2010
Organic food has no health, taste or nutritional advantages over conventionally manufactured or harvested food.
That is the damning verdict of a study by Berlin based consumer watchdog group Stiftung Warentest.
The results, from one of the most respected consumer groups in Europe - backed and funded by the German government but totally independent - is a massive embarrassment for the organic food industry.
Damning verdict: Organic food has no health, taste or nutritional advantages over conventionally manufactured or harvested food, according to a new study
It said it carried out 85 investigations over eight years to come up with an overall assessment on bio food.
The foundation said that organic products were 'not necessarily healthier, or even better-tasting, than regular groceries.
'Despite being on average 30 percent more expensive, there was little overall difference in quality.'
Of 13 organic baby food products tested, they all rated only in the 'satisfactory' range.
The reason was that they actually contained too little fat and often too little iron for babies’ nutritional needs.
Some 45 percent of ecological products got a 'good' or 'very good' nutritional rating, compared with 41 percent for conventional foods.
Some 15 percent of organic foods were rated 'poor' – slightly higher than the 14 percent of regular products given such a score.
There was considerable variation among products, with organic performing well in some areas but poorly in others. Organic rape seed oil did not score well.
Only on the pesticide front did the bio products come out far ahead - some 75 percent were completely pesticide free compared with just 16 percent of conventional groceries.
The Soil Association dismissed the German research as 'irrelevant'
It emerged that the German consumer group only surveyed the nutrient content of processed and packet foods, rather that raw produce and meat.
Consequently, the association said it would be unable to provide a definitive picture of the quality of organic food.
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