Organic Farming and Human/Animal Health – A Review

Abstract: Good nutrition is vital for maintaining health and preventing diseases both in humans and animals. Organic foods are high in nutritional quality and quantity, and have no or low residues, therefore they can play an important role in promoting human and animal health.
Organic plant products have lower water content, reserve higher nutrient density, are richer in iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and antioxidants; and are more balanced also with essential amino acids.
Organically-raised animals have better overall health, more resistance to diseases and lower ratio of saturated to unsaturated fat. Organically-raised and grass fed animals have higher level of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids and favourable omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio. Essential fatty acids play an important role in promoting human and animal health, in prevention of diseases and in healing from chronic diseases.

Reference: Seregi, J. and Zoldag, L. (2011). Relation of organic production to human and animal health. Literature review. Magyar Allatorvosok Lapja 133(10): 620-629.