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Feeding trials in organic food quality and health research.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20355028     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Feeding experiments comparing organically and conventionally produced food are performed to assess the overall impact on the animals' health as a model for the effects experienced by the human consumers. These experiments are based on systems research and characterized by their focus on production methods, whole food testing and procedures in accordance with the terms of organic farming. A short review of such experiments shows that the majority of these tests revealed effects of the organically produced feed on health parameters such as reproductive performance and immune responses. Systems research is not just about simple cause-effect chains, but rather about the pluralism of interactions in biological networks; therefore, the interpretation of the outcome of whole food experiments is difficult. Furthermore, the test diets of organic and conventional origin can be constituted in different ways, compensating for or maintaining existing differences in nutrient and energy contents. The science-based results suggest positive influences from organic feeds, but there is still a need for confirmation in animals and, finally, in humans. For this purpose animal feeding trials with feed from different production systems should be conducted, with the aims to define health indicators and to establish biomarkers as a basis for future dietary intervention studies in humans.
Alberta Velimirov; Machteld Huber; Charlotte Lauridsen; Ewa Rembiałkowska; Kathrin Seidel; Susanne Bügel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the science of food and agriculture     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1097-0010     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Sci. Food Agric.     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-31     Completed Date:  2010-09-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376334     Medline TA:  J Sci Food Agric     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  175-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2009 Society of Chemical Industry.
FiBL, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Vienna, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Agriculture / methods*
Food Preferences
Health Food / standards*
Nutritional Sciences*
Nutritive Value*

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