"Harris, Craig" wrote:
> perhaps it would help to clarify why the organic/conventional nutrition
> question is being asked . . . i can think of two reasons . . .
> first, if one wants to know whether the average consumer can expect to get
> higher nutritional values from food labeled organic or from food not labeled
> organic (and thus presumably conventionally produced), then eric kindberg's
> research design will work very well . . . more samples in more outlets in
> more locations will make the finding more robust, but basically the design
> will work very well
> on the other hand, if one wants to know whether using organic techniques to
> produce food will result in higher nutritional values than using
> conventional techniques, then one has to decide what are organic and
> conventional techniques for the crops/commodities of interest, and one has
> to implement those techniques in as comparable a way as possible . . . this
> need not necessarily imply test plots on university campuses, but it does
> imply some control of agroecological conditions -- soil type, weather, pest
It's good to clarify this. I was thinking of your first suggestion, basically to
counter ABC's 20/20, Dennis Avery report. Your 2nd suggestion is valid as well
and should be done, but it is totally different.
-- Steve Groff
"Enhancing the Environment" http://www.cedarmeadowfarm.com/ Cedar Meadow Farm 679 Hilldale Road Holtwood, PA 17532 USA
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