GM firms fund friendly scientists. (BBC) Biotechnology companies in
the UK are paying a group of scientists to argue their case.
speaking of funding and interests:
(taken from "organic view")
New Study Finds Organic Is Healthier
We've all suspected it. Now, a growing body of scientific
evidence is indicating that organic food is healthier than
conventional produce. Researchers from the University of
Copenhagen recently reported that organically grown produce
has higher levels of nutrients when compared with
Specifically, the organic crops had a higher concentration
of vitamins and far more secondary metabolites, which are
naturally occurring compounds that help immunize plants from
external attack. Some of these metabolites are thought to
lower the risk of cancer and heart disease in humans.
The research was funded by the United Kingdom's Soil
Association (the largest organic farmer organization in the
UK) and reported at the Association's January 8 conference.
is there really any difference between the intention of this
study and these from GM firms ???
These findings on the health content of organic food contrast with research indicating that industrial agricultural practices may be having a detrimental effect on the nutritional value of conventional produce. (Detailed in Organic View v.1 n.17, found at http://www.purefood.org/organicview.htm) Those findings included:
* In an analysis of USDA nutrient data from 1975 to 1997, the Kushi Institute of Becket, Massachusetts found that the average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables declined 27 percent; iron levels dropped 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. * A similar analysis of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980 published in the British Food Journal found that in 20 vegetables, the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent. * A 1999 study out of the University of Wisconsin found that three decades of the overuse of nitrogen in US farming has destroyed much of the soil's fertility, causing it to age the equivalent of 5,000 years. * A new US Geological Survey report indicates that acid rain is depleting soil calcium levels in at least 10 eastern states, interfering with forest growth and weakening trees' resistance to insects.
i would be very interested in finding the source of the study from the u of wisconsin ? anybody knows something more about it or knows where to find it?
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