Is organic food better for you?
The Soil Association has always maintained that health cannot be defined as simply the absence of disease but rather a profound state of well-being and vitality. While considerable improvements have occurred in disease treatment, serious concerns about our overall health persist due to increases in allergies, infertility, and many diseases including cancer.
So can organic food, with fewer toxins and more nutrients, make a difference to our health?
Clinical and observational evidence in humans suggests that it can, although it's difficult to do controlled studies with people because of complicating factors like genes and lifestyle. In controlled animal feeding trials, however, the evidence is clear - animals fed organically produced feed are healthier in terms of growth, reproductive health and recovery from illness than those fed on non-organic feed, even over successive generations.