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Peter Melchett, policy director at the Soil Association, said: "We are disappointed in the conclusions the researchers have reached. The review rejected almost all of the existing studies of comparisons between organic and non-organic nutritional differences.
This was because these studies did not meet particular criteria fixed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which carried out the review. Although the researchers say that the differences between organic and non-organic food are not 'important', due to the relatively few studies, they report in their analysis that there are higher levels of beneficial nutrients in organic compared to non-organic foods."
He also expressed the Soil Association's disappointment that results of a European Union-funded study were not included. There are limited studies available on the health benefits of organic versus non-organic food. Without large-scale, longitudinal research, it is difficult to come to far-reaching clear conclusions on this, which was acknowledged by the authors of the FSA review.
"Also, there is not sufficient research on the long-term effects of pesticides on human health.
"Organic farming and food systems are holistic, and are produced to work with nature rather than to rely on oil-based inputs such as fertilisers."
For me the main point of organic food was always the environmental benefits. So even if a study such as this does point to nutritional benefits, it's missing the point.
A key report commissioned by Obama as part of his efforts to close the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay is being delayed, raising doubts about promise to close the US prison camp in Cuba.
Top professions such as medicine and law are increasingly being closed off to all but the most affluent families, a report into social mobility has said.
A sailing race to Holland takes place every year from the sailing club at Pin Mill as a tribute to the book, "We didn't Mean To go To Sea".
I followed the path as described in "Adventure Walks" - along a footpath up the estuary of the River Orwell which led to "the warmth of the pub and the chinking of the boats of Pin Mill" - I bought a pint and chose to sit outside in the warmth of the sun, which was better than the warmth of the pub. The boats did chink though.
"As many as 50,000 birds from as far away as the Arctic Circle spend winter here" which is nice, but I was here in summer
Butt and Oyster pub, phone, 01473 780764. Reasonably good beer, food which I can't vouch for, but was a little on the expensive side...at high spring tides you can order a pint through the window without leaving your boat. Open 11 am to 11.30 pm every day. Food served 12 to 2.30 pm and 6.30 to .30 pm.
the story of the Nancy Blackett www.nancyblackett.org
the Arthur Ransome website www.arthur-ransome.org
Pin Mill Studio - art gallery and shop selling the work of local artists and photographs, tel: 01473 780 130
Pin Mill Sailing Club www.pmsc.org.uk day boats and cruisers, mooring available, tel: 01473 780 271
After one beer I continued eastwards. It wasn't long before I was treated to a view of Felixstowe docks across the Orwell. I continued into Harwich.
Harwich Ferry - working today