New groundbreaking research shows nutritional benefits of organic
A new groundbreaking study from the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom finds conclusive evidence that organic crops and the food made from them are nutritionally superior to their conventional counterparts. The paper, which will be published in the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition
, also shows that organic crops have lower rates of pesticide residue and lower levels of the toxic metal cadmium than their conventional counterparts. The international team of researchers conducted a meta-analysis on 342 peer-reviewed publications examining the health benefits of organic agriculture. Their findings create the most sound, complete evidence to date for the health benefits of organic.
To help people understand the study and its significance, The Organic Center has put together some helpful resources covering a wide variety of topics from the importance of antioxidants to why this study succeeds where others have failed.
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The Organic Center put out a press release
informing the public about the importance of the Newcastle study. The press release
goes over the importance of the findings, and how the study relates to society and past studies on the topic. It is filled with great quotes from the study authors!
Non-technical summary of the study
The Newcastle study shows some significant health benefits of eating organic, but the scientific paper is dense to read. This summary
takes the reader through the scientific paper using non-technical language to explain the methods, findings, and broad impacts of the results. Think of this as your cheat sheet to scientific understanding of the technical document! Find the non-technical summary of the study here
Newcastle study Q & A document
is the most thorough look at the study, and details the most common questions that you might have about it. It covers issues such as the main study findings, the nutritional benefits of organic crops, why antioxidants are important, and what those benefits mean to your health. It also covers food safety issues, such as the benefits of eating organic when it comes to toxic metals found in food and differences in rates of pesticide residues in organic versus conventional crops. The Q & A
explains why the study found the results it did, and how the methods used differ from previous studies examining this topic. Read the full Q & A document here
Newcastle study talking points
In case you’re interested in being a spokesperson for the study, or if you’d just like to have some guidance for when you talk with your family and friends about the findings, we put together some talking points
that cover the main findings of the study. The three main talking points that we cover include: (1) Organic fruit and vegetables have higher levels of antioxidants than conventional fruit and vegetables, (2) Organic crops have lower levels of toxic metal than conventional crops, and (3) The occurrence of pesticide residues in organic food is lower than in conventional food. Read our full explanations of these talking points here
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Want to share the findings of the study, but don’t know how to condense the results into Tweets or Facebook posts? The Organic Center put together suggested posts that you can share on social media.
Feel free to copy and paste them directly into your feed, or use them as guides to create your own novel statements about the research and its findings.
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For those of you who like to see data displayed in an infographic, you can download the infographic
that we put together showing the study findings in a clear, creative way. Feel free to share it with your friends, family, and entire network!