Organic Food Gets High Marks in New Study

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_c5e9a2ddab.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It turns out that all the hype about organic foods being better for your health may be true after all. Europeans and U.S. researchers at Newcastle University in Britain analyzed more than 320 studies that compared organic to other crops, and their findings were that foods from organic farming contain more antioxidants and far less pesticide residue. Chuck Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University who participated in the study, says that he hopes the study will result in the growing of more "nutritionally rich food."

There are a couple of caveats to the Newcastle study, however. It was funded by the European Union and the Sheepdrove Trust, which promotes organic research.  Also, previous studies in Britain and at Stanford University say there was no nutritional difference between organic and conventional crops. Currently, sales of organic foods in the U.S. are at $35 billion annually.

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