Organic food is tremendously healthy, and now we can prove it. Forget the fertilizer and pesticide and let’s get scientific about improving the organic production of all crops.
Polyphenols, phenolic aids, flavanones, flavanols and flavones, stilbenes and anthocyanins are all "substantially higher" in concentration in organics. The foods based on organic crops also benefit from this raised concentration of anti-oxidants. You ca check the percentages in the paper's abstract. What do these antioxidants do? They are heavily linked to reduced risks of chronic diseases that we currently suffer from such as CVD and neurodegenerative disease, and several cancers.
And the conclusion.? The scientific team here suggest the results of between 19 and 69% higher antioxidant levels are so meaningful that they represent one or two additions to the healthy 5 fruit and veg-a-day recommendations of health experts. So now we can relax with our 7-a-day with no extra effort! If you consider populations in the past and present who lived off the land and had few of the "modern diseases," it tends to make a ot of sense.
Probably just as important would be the dangers in absorbing toxic substances. Cadmium is a heavy metal used in pesticides and found here to be four times more concentrated in non-organic food, along with several other substances. Minerals and vitamins generally were distinctly different in concentration. If farmers use non-mineral fertilizers (ie. organic), the high eves of antioxidant and lack of cadmium seem to be maintained.