Organic Versus Conventional Produce - What Does The Science Say?
The BP diet recommends Organic produce over Conventional. I've held this as a belief myself, but, have recently been challenged on it by one of my clients. So want to look further into primary research sources to ensure I'm coming from an evidence based place and not from Dogma.
My clients assertion is that the science does not show any statistically significant differences in Vitamin/Mineral content for Organic versus Conventional. I've found a number of studies now on the topic some which point to a difference others which do not. Is this still an open question as far as the science is concerned? If so a strong recommendation for Organic over Conventional would seem premature.
The other area my client has challenged me on is soil quality of Organic versus Conventional. He claims Organic farming uses Copper Sulphate which is very bad for the soil and that there are also big issues with Tiling. Additionally, on the question of toxicity due to the chemicals used, he claims that Organic farming may use different chemicals to conventional, but, much of the stuff they use is old school chemicals and equally as toxic. I would be interested in finding some primary research which looks at soil health in Organic farming versus Conventional + also some research on a comparison of toxicity levels in produce from both methods. Any help would be greatly appreciated.