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OTA Explains Benefits of Organic in Light of Study Release

In response to recent publicity concerning an article in-press for the next issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reminds consumers that organic has a great story to tell.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition's release of the study, “Nutritional quality of organic foods: a systematic review,” stating that no significant differences exist between the nutritional content of organic and conventional foods resulted in widespread coverage in the media.

OTA staff worked in coordination with The Organic Center to provide a one-two response. OTA has taken a 30,000-foot view and addressed the broader questions about what is health and what is nutrition, reminding emphatically that a food system that avoids the use of pesticides, synthetic growth hormones and antibiotics while building healthy soil and protecting natural resources absolutely promotes health and nutrition. OTA has posted its press release online.

Meanwhile, The Organic Center’s chief scientist Chuck Benbrook completed an analysis of the study and reminded everyone that the Center conducted a similar review of the literature and found different results. The Center’s discussion of the issue is posted online. 

To get more information about the original study and the organic sectors response to this study click here.

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