I would say there is absolutely no meaningful difference between "organic
food" and "non-organic food" except the label.
Plants all want NPK etc etc are they could not care less whether they get
it from compost and cow-dung or from "artificial" fertilizers !!!
Edward C. ("Paddy") APLING
BSc, CChem, MChemA, FRSC, FIFST, MRSH
Professional Member, American Association of Cereal Chemists
Professional Member, Institute of Food Technologists (USA)
Member, Society of Chemical Industry.
Lecturer in Food Science, University of Reading, 1962-1986
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Mottley [mailto:J.Mottley@uel.ac.uk]
> Sent: 27 September 2000 19:00
> To: AgBioView
> Subject: AGBIOVIEW: organic food vs GM food - TV program
> AgBioView - http://www.agbioworld.org; Archived at
> Hi all,
> I have been asked by a researcher for a well-known and generally
> respected UK TV program to answer the following questions. I
> would like any contributions anyone can make to help me answer
> them using supporting evidence, preferably published, as soon as
> How safe is organic food?
> - Is it more dangerous than conventionally grown produce?
> - Are there any cases of food poisoning as a result of eating
> organic food, that have been scientifically traced back in the UK?
> - What is the nutritional value of organic food? It is often cited as
> being better for you than conventionally grown produce - is this
> With best regards,
> John Mottley,
> University of East London.
> ('We are born naked, wet, and hungry.Then things get worse').