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Myth and Reality - Organic vs Non-organic : The Facts

This booklet examines some of the issues around organic food and its production. It takes up the challenge of answering the critics - who range from companies defending agri-business, through to the heads national food authorities and some academics. It exposes the misleading and erroneous accusations made against organic food, and provides the facts that prove them wrong.

01/01/2001
Organic Sector Development
ISBN: 0 905200 79 9 - 31pp - 2001

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This booklet examines some of the issues around organic food and its production. It takes up the challenge of answering the critics - who range from companies defending agri-business, through to the heads national food authorities and some academics. It exposes the misleading and erroneous accusations made against organic food, and provides the facts that prove them wrong.


Report contents

  • Introduction
  • Myth One Food quality and health: organic foods are no healthier than non-organic foods
  • Myth Two Food poisoning: organic farming increases the risk of food poisoning
  • Myth Three Pesticides: organic farming uses pesticides that damage the environment
  • Myth Four Value for money: consumers are paying too much for organic food
  • Myth Five Feeding the world: organic food cannot feed a hungry world
  • Myth Six Animal welfare: organic farming is unkind to animals
  • The pedlars of myths

 

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