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Time magazine flags four ‘science-backed health benefits of eating organic’

Time magazine this week ran a high-profile feature on the booming global organic market, with a particular focus on the health benefits of choosing organic.

While organic claims a whole range of benefits – from high animal welfare to increased biodiversity, low pesticide exposure to higher vitamin levels – when it comes to health benefits, says Time, there are four areas that offer the strongest scientific evidence.

Time identifies as: Fewer pesticides and heavy metals (organic outlaws all synthetic pesticides and allows only limited use of natural pesticides); More healthy fats (research has shown that organic milk contains around 50% more healthy omega-3 fatty acids); No antibiotics or synthetic hormones (while conventional livestock production employs routine use of antibiotics, organic systems only allow them in very specific cases); More antioxidants, in some cases (certain varieties of vegetables have been shown to contain up to 20% higher antioxidant than their conventional equivalents).

Main image: Cover from a 2016 Time feature on organic food

 

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Jim Manson

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Jim Manson is editor-in-chief of Diversified Communications UK‘s natural and organic publishing portfolio. He’s written widely on environment and development issues for specialist magazines and national media, including the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, and World Bank Urban Age

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