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Organic food – is it better for you? Experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 14th, 2014.

In contrast to earlier research, a new study has found that organic crops may have measurable health benefits: they appear to be higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals than their conventional counterparts.   The new meta-analysis, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, compiled and crunched results from 343 earlier studies. It claims that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to […]

Controversial GM study republished – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on June 25th, 2014.

A controversial retracted study on the toxicology of genetically modified corn and pesticide has been republished in a new journal. In 2012, a study was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology by Séralini et al. titled “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize.” The authors of the study claimed […]

Is ‘organic’ food healthier? – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 4th, 2012.

New research, based on an analysis of several hundred studies, has cast doubt on arguments that organically grown foods are more nutritious than conventionally grown foods. The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine,  is the most comprehensive meta-analysis to date of existing studies comparing organic and conventional foods. Researchers analysed 237 separate studies which compared […]

End debate on 1080 – NZ Herald Editorial

John Kerr posted in on June 13th, 2011.

An editorial in today’s New Zealand Herald acknowledges the shortcomings of 1080 but ultimately recognises the findings of the comprehensive 1080 report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. The report was released last week by by Dr Jan Wright, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and supports the use of 1080 poison as pest control […]

Long term exposure to pesticides may be linked to dementia

Peter Griffin posted in on December 2nd, 2010.

Long-term exposure to pesticides could raise the risk of developing dementia, a study published today in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine has revealed. In a study involving vineyard workers, the intellectual capacity of over 600 people was measured for up to six years. Researchers found that those who had been directly exposed to pesticides […]

ODT/NZPA: Residues in food “pose no safety concerns”

Peter Griffin posted in on April 21st, 2010.

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority has released its report into the chemical residues and contaminants found in common kiwi foods, and found no levels which posed safety concerns. More than 250,000 analyses were carried out on 123 commonly eaten foods. An excerpt: (read in full here) “It is part of a project to estimate […]

Experts on safety of pesticide residue in foods

Peter Griffin posted in on December 15th, 2009.

Safe food campaigner Alison White has compiled a list of commonly consumed foods that contain pesticide residue and claims there are “various serious long term effects associated with particular pesticides found in our food”. The list, which found celery to be the most likely food to contain pesticide residue, ranked foods based on “the percentage […]

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