Organic Grown, Nutritionally No Better Than Commercially Grown Vegetables

Put your clubs, hatches, spears, pitchforks and knifes away! Don’t kill the messenger!
UK Study Finds – Organic grown vegetables ‘has no nutritional health benefits’
Please Note that this study only looked at nutritional value of Organic verses Commercially grown vegetables. This study does not mean that people should not eat organic food. What it does shows is that there is little, if any, nutritional difference between organic and conventionally produced food and that there is no provable evidence of additional health benefits from eating organic food. This study is neither pro nor anti organic food and recognized there were many reasons why people choose to eat organic, including animal welfare or environmental concerns.

UK researchers said “our review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority”. He added that better quality studies were needed.

Although the researchers said “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.”
There is not sufficient research on the long term effects of pesticides on human health researchers added. Overall the report, which is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found no differences in most nutrients in organically or conventionally grown crops, including vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

Spreading manure

Spreading manure

Organic Gardening for your health? or Your Backyard Stinks!
Healthy plants are better able to survive insect and disease attacks.
Manure is the key to having a healthy Organic garden. Well composted manure does not smell bad if it has any smell at all. Fresh Manure should be applied before planting and be tilled into your garden soil before planting. This will eliminate any oder and act as a soil builder for your garden plot.

You should add and till fresh manure into your garden after your last harvest. This should be done in early fall through early spring months. The fresher the manure the earlier you should get it spread and tilled into your garden. As with any fertilizer more is not always better.

Too much nitrogen in your garden soil can cause lush over size plants with little or no fruit set. To little nitrogen can cause stunted small unhealthy plants. Phosphorus is important for flower and fruit formation and potash is helpful in root development and plant hardiness. The fertilizer industry uses a number rating system for rating the percentage of nitrogen{first number}, phosphorus{second number} and potash{third number} in fertilizers. Gardens need a fertilized with a medium first number like 10, higher middle number like 15 and a low third number like 5. Fertilized rated {10-15-5} is a good selection for most gardens.

How do manures rate? I have attached a chart to help you determine what manure best fits your gardens needs.


You may also wish to read one or more of the links I have provided.
University of Florida report:
Manure Matters:

I might add that there is 43,265 square feet in 1 acre. A garden plot 50 feet by 100 feet is only 5,000 square feet and the recommended application rate for gardens is only about 100 pounds per acre. A little go’s a long ways!

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11 responses to “Organic Grown, Nutritionally No Better Than Commercially Grown Vegetables

  1. We have two rabbits that we keep specifically to use their poo in our garden. It isn’t as hot as other fresh manures, very easy to spread, and it has made a huge difference in our garden. I have no idea what its breakdown is. I’m going to have to research that. Enjoying reading your blog!


    • Re: lilypadandjulibees – Thanks for taking time to stop and visit my tiny humble blog.
      Rabbit is as good as ti gets. It’s almost impossible to over dose your garden with rabbit manure.
      Happy Spring Gardening


  2. marieandtheappletree

    you could try crushed egg shells for slugs and snails, i have found cow poo to contain too many weed seeds and we use rabbit manure and chicken manure in small amounts…organic gardening, other factors are at play, like transport for all the pesticides and herbicides and oil based products, flavour of food, nourishing the earth not just our bodies. in saying that i have had insane trouble with the African grass kikuyu….there is a ‘natural’ herbicide found here…I dont need any insecticides as if you provide the right habitat nature will do that for you


  3. For my tiny garden it will have to be the household compostings. But I add a load of topsoil that has compost mixed with it, that I buy and bring in with my small pickup truck. Small time gardening here just for (back breaking) fun.


  4. How curious that the researchers looked only at nutritional compounds and overlooked the pesticides etc. After all, a lot of the argument in favor of organic and/or natural foods hinges on what the foods DON’T contain.
    As for the garden slugs, we’ve been using crushed chicken eggs as part of our rotation, along with diatomaceous earth. But maybe your angle about ducks and hens is the tilting factor for my elder daughter’s argument for raising chickens here in our small-city plot.


  5. How weird you liked my post and I found this. While sat in the garden yesterday I was talking about getting some horse poo in quickly. Also thanks for putting the numbers on I heard about them on gardeners question time but couldn’t remember the details.
    Will it be okay to put horse poo on the garden this late? Do you have any pet friendly ways to get rid of slugs?


    • Re: mumsthewordintheuk – Thanks for taking time to visit my Tiny Humble Blog.
      Horse manure is not as hot as chicken or even cow manure, but go lightly this time of the year, and till it in well and deeply.
      Good luck and happy gardening


    • Ooops, slugs, hand pick at night using a flash light, or better get a duck or chicken or two to patrol your garden. 🙂
      Grin …. Slugs in my dry climate are not a problem, I was 19 years old before I saw my first slug…
      Good luck


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