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Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture: a comprehensive review

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Health, October 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
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19 news outlets
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4 blogs
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211 tweeters
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9 Facebook pages
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6 Wikipedia pages
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2 Google+ users
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Title
Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture: a comprehensive review
Published in
Environmental Health, October 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12940-017-0315-4
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Authors

Axel Mie, Helle Raun Andersen, Stefan Gunnarsson, Johannes Kahl, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot, Ewa Rembiałkowska, Gianluca Quaglio, Philippe Grandjean

Abstract

This review summarises existing evidence on the impact of organic food on human health. It compares organic vs. conventional food production with respect to parameters important to human health and discusses the potential impact of organic management practices with an emphasis on EU conditions. Organic food consumption may reduce the risk of allergic disease and of overweight and obesity, but the evidence is not conclusive due to likely residual confounding, as consumers of organic food tend to have healthier lifestyles overall. However, animal experiments suggest that identically composed feed from organic or conventional production impacts in different ways on growth and development. In organic agriculture, the use of pesticides is restricted, while residues in conventional fruits and vegetables constitute the main source of human pesticide exposures. Epidemiological studies have reported adverse effects of certain pesticides on children's cognitive development at current levels of exposure, but these data have so far not been applied in formal risk assessments of individual pesticides. Differences in the composition between organic and conventional crops are limited, such as a modestly higher content of phenolic compounds in organic fruit and vegetables, and likely also a lower content of cadmium in organic cereal crops. Organic dairy products, and perhaps also meats, have a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional products. However, these differences are likely of marginal nutritional significance. Of greater concern is the prevalent use of antibiotics in conventional animal production as a key driver of antibiotic resistance in society; antibiotic use is less intensive in organic production. Overall, this review emphasises several documented and likely human health benefits associated with organic food production, and application of such production methods is likely to be beneficial within conventional agriculture, e.g., in integrated pest management.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 969 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 216 22%
Student > Master 141 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 86 9%
Researcher 78 8%
Other 45 5%
Other 145 15%
Unknown 258 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 139 14%
Nursing and Health Professions 121 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 85 9%
Environmental Science 55 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 45 5%
Other 224 23%
Unknown 300 31%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 333. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 June 2022.
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#72,121
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Outputs from Environmental Health
#29
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#2,154
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Outputs of similar age from Environmental Health
#7
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