Organic food is no better, says minister

UK - Organic food may be no better for you than mass-produced farm food, according to the cabinet minister responsible for the industry.
calendar icon 10 January 2007
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David Miliband, the environment secretary, says organic produce, which is usually more expensive, is a “lifestyle choice” with no hard evidence that it is healthier.

His comments will be a blow to the organic food industry, which is pressing for government recognition of what it describes as the nutritional and environmental benefits of its produce.

Sales of organic food jumped by 30% last year, with the industry now worth £1.6 billion. A growing number of shoppers believe that it tastes better and is safer.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Miliband said: “It’s only 4% of total farm produce, not 40%, and I would not want to say that 96% of our farm produce is inferior because it’s not organic.”

He insisted that ordinary food should not be thought of as “second best”, although he described the rise of organics as “exciting”.

Source: The Sunday Times

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