Small-scale study reveals vegetables grown with pesticides contain more vitamins than organic produce

A recent and small scale study from Which? Gardening has suggested that produce grown using artificial methods can be just as good for you as that which is grown organically.

The two year study involved growing tomatoes, potatoes and broccoli both the organic way and the conventional way. The research found that the non-organic potatoes contained more Vitamin C than the organic crop and the non-organic broccoli was found to have higher levels of antioxidants than the organic crop.

In addition, the taste tests on both sets of produce were similar with the conventional produce often coming out top, and in terms of appearance both crops were relatively similar.

Organic organisations have said that more conclusive research is needed in order to back the findings of this small trial, as a recent and more comprehensive study has found that artificial fertilisers depress the nutrients in fruit and vegetables.

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