Naturally Rockford: Taste the difference: science proves what celebrity chef has known for years

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Chefs like Akasha Richmond, who creates A-list menus for celebrities like Billy Bob Thornton, Pierce Brosnan and Barbra Streisand, have known instinctively for years that organic produce can add flavor to their menus. Now, a new Organic Center State of Science Review reveals why organic fruits and vegetables often taste better.

Organic fruits and vegetables tend to score higher in taste because they are sweeter than conventionally-grown foods. Why? Because organic produce is smaller in size and higher in nutrient density. Conventional farming methods are designed to produce bigger fruits and vegetables, but increasing cell size generally adds more water, diluting the concentrations of both vitamins and natural flavors. Organic apples, strawberries and tomatoes showed some of the most significant differences in taste, according to the report.

Toast to Good Health Study shows organic wine can help reduce risk of heart disease and cancer

Evidence has suggested that because of antioxidant levels in red wine, moderate consumption can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Given that organic farming systems produce grapes with properties that vintners prize—smaller size, slower growth, deeper color—both scientists and growers have wondered whether organic production might reliably produce prize-winning wines.

A recent study examined levels of polyphenolic compounds and resveratrol (antioxidants known to reduce cardiovascular and cancer risks) in 15 organic and conventional red wines. This study found that among the varieties of red wine tested, organic wines had the greatest concentrations of health-promoting antioxidants—as well as the key antioxidant resveratrol. An organic wine also was found to have the highest level of total polyphenols.

Oraganic farming improves soil quality

Long-term research has documented the extent to which organic farming improves key indicators of soil quality, including soil organic carbon content and particulate organic matter.

Organic Center Dinner is huge successs: indiviudals and business support more research to fund the science behind organic

This year’s Organic Center VIP Fund-raising Dinner, March 9 during Natural Products Expo West, was the largest gathering yet, with more than 400 guests in attendance.

Featured speakers included Center board members including former Organic Trade Association Executive Director Katherine DiMatteo: organic advocate and entrepreneur Anthony Zolezzi; and Co-President/COO, Whole Foods, Walter Robb. Sara Snow from Discovery Health’s Get Fresh with Sara Snow was a featured guest speaker. The event began with a reception featuring organic wine and organic martinis. Dinner featured an incredible gourmet organic meal by celebrity chef Akasha Richmond.

New Core Truths books selling fast: A compilation of research from The Organic Center

More than 1,000 copies of Core Truths, the Center’s groundbreaking compilation of the most current research on organic agriculture, has flown out the door since it was released just two weeks ago. This highly readable and graphically-stunning 108-page coffee table book documents the verifiable health and environmental benefits of organic products. This collector’s edition was a limited print run of just 2,500—be sure to order yours now while they last.

Includes fascinating research about why:

Organic tastes better

Organic produce contains 30 percent higher levels of antioxidants

Organic farming can cut mycotoxin risk by more than 50 percent

Organic food reduces pesticide exposure

Organic farms typically use less energy

Also includes sections about:

Better tools for building soil quality

Preventing future outbreaks of E. coli 0157

Mission Organic 2010—what you can do to help grow the organic market

Perfect in your reception area, or as a vital resource near your desk, Core Truths explores the organic benefit like never before. Order yours now! Only $30 (plus $5 shipping and handling in U.S.).

Have you taken the pledge?

Join Mission Organic 2010 now. Then, tell 10 friends!

Even though the market for organic products has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade, only 3 percent of the food now purchased in the U.S. is organic.

But you can change that. Join Mission Organic and pledge to buy at least one organic item for every ten purchased. With support from you and others, the amount of organic food consumed will skyrocket to 10 percent by 2010. As sales of organic products increase, more and more farmland will be converted to organic agriculture. And more households will be introduced to organic alternatives. The day is approaching when organic food choices will no longer be the exception. They’ll be the norm.

The Organic Center

Backed by the world’s leading scientists, physicians and scholars, The Organic Center is passionately committed to two goals.

1) Research: providing free, peer-reviewed, credible science that proves the health and environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

2) Education: reaching and activating millions through Mission Organic 2010—a national campaign to increase the amount of organic food purchased from three to 10 percent by 2010.

To access free downloads of the latest in organic science or to join Mission Organic 2010, go to

from the April 25-May 1, 2007, issue

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