Nutrition notions.Organic believers have been claiming superior nutrition from the very beginning. Yet decades of research have proven otherwise.
The U.S. Organic Trade Association's Web site includes a "Nutritional Considerations" page that states, "There is mounting evidence that organically grown fruits, vegetables, and grains may offer more of some nutrients."
What is the "mounting evidence"? The first study the OTA (Over The Air) Refers to any wireless system such as AM/FM radio and network television that uses open space as its transmission medium. cites was written by a graduate student and published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM JACM Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery
JACM Just Another Code Monkey ), hardly a mainstream scientific journal.
After reviewing 41 previously published studies dating back to the 1940s, the author, who runs a "naturopathic" clinic in Washington, D.C., says organic foods have 13 to 30 percent higher levels of vitamin C vitamin C
or ascorbic acid
Water-soluble organic compound important in animal metabolism. Most animals produce it in their bodies, but humans, other primates, and guinea pigs need it in the diet to prevent scurvy. , iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Yet most of the studies reviewed cannot be trusted as scientifically reliable.
Twenty three of the 41 "studies" reviewed were published in junk science Junk science is a term used in U.S. political and legal disputes that brands an advocate's claims about scientific data, research, analyses as spurious. The term generally conveys a pejorative connotation that the advocate is driven by political, ideological, financial, and journals such as Biodynamics biodynamics
the scientific study of the nature and determinants of the behavior of all organisms, including humans.
biodynamics The formal study of vital forces, physiological interactions and behavior , a publication devoted to promoting the extreme theories of mystic organic founder Rudolf Steiner Noun 1. Rudolf Steiner - Austrian philosopher who founded anthroposophy (1861-1925)
Steiner . Five of the "studies" were merely presentations at international organic farming conferences.
The second "study" listed on the OTA's nutrition Web page is also a review of previous studies, commissioned by none other than the Soil Association, the organization that hides its own research that shows no nutritional differences. The author of this review runs an organic food company in Australia and has no formal nutrition training. To come to the weak conclusion that "there is indicative evidence suggesting nutritional differences" he had to reject as invalid 70 of the 99 studies he reviewed. Most of the 70 rejected studies were the reliable sound science ones. Again, garbage in, garbage out (humour) Garbage In, Garbage Out - (GIGO) /gi:'goh/ Wilf Hey's maxim expressing the fact that computers, unlike humans, will unquestioningly process nonsensical input data and produce nonsensical output. .
Editor's note: Third in a series of excerpts from author Alex Avery's book "The Truth About Organic Foods". To order a copy, go to www.AgriMarketing.com.
by Alex Avery, Director of the Center for Global Development, Hudson Institute