While it is generally acknowledged that pesticides residues in food and drinking water may be bad, the conventional wisdom still holds that organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown food. What is behind claims about the nutritiousness of organic food and how does biodynamic food stack up against the rest of the pack? The following questions – how often is organic better? how much better is organic? Does organic food make you healthier? Is there any more evidence? - will help answer this question.
We have seen a pattern of better nutrient composition in organic crops, better health in animals consuming organic food and the existence of known mechanisms explaining observed differences between organic and conventional crops. Biodynamic crops performed extremely well on the most important measure, the health of consumers. The body of evidence at the minimum provides strong indications that organic crops are more nutritious.
Worthington, V. (1999). Nutrition and Biodynamics: Evidence for the nutritional superiority of organic crops. Biodynamics v. 224, Jul/Aug99. http://www.mindfully.org/Food?organic-Crops-Superior-WorthingtonJul99.htm. Or: http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/Arun/V%20Worethington.pdf.