Organic food gives no health benefits to consumers, according to research for the British Food Standards Agency of published July 30.
Shoppers pay more for organic fruit, vegetables, chicken, beef and milk but the food gives no nutritional enhancement to people's diet.
The watchdog stopped short of advising consumers that buying organic produce was a waste of money but its message was clear: choosing to eat organic food will make no important difference to a person's overall health. Eating a healthy balanced diet is the only important thing, the report concluded.
The research-the first and biggest study undertaken of scientific papers published in the past 50 years on the health and diet benefits of organic food-will come as a blow to the organic food industry, which is now worth billions a year.
The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also threatens to put the FSA on a collision course with organic champions. Vermont is a national player in the organic foods market.