Organic Vs Conventional: A study confirms our crops provide more nutrients through organic farming

The organic vs. conventional debate: Organic onions boast more antioxidants after a six-year study found more antioxidant activity and higher flavonol content in #organic onions over #conventional onions. The question of whether organic food is any more nutritious than conventional has been a long-running and heated debate.

One of the latest developments in this ongoing debate, however, suggests it is. Researchers in Ireland have found in an experiment that onions grown organically contained higher antioxidant levels than their non-organic counterparts. It’s a relatively narrow finding, but significant because of the duration of study, which is said to be the longest-running focused on the organic vs. conventional question.

For the study, published recently in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the research team grew two onion varieties—“Red Baron” and “Hyskin”—in a variety of conditions between 2009 and 2014. They analyzed levels of antioxidants and other compounds associated with various health benefits, and found higher antioxidant levels in both types of onions when grown using organic practices. The organic onions also had up to 20 percent higher flavonol content than the conventional crop. The researchers attributed the differences mainly to different soil management practices.

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