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Vijver, L.P.L. van de, L.A.P. Hoogenboom, N.J.G. Broex, J. van der Roest, J.G. Bokhorst, M. Northolt, D.J. Mevius and J.A.C. Meijs. 2006. Contaminants and micro-organisms in organic and conventional food products. In: Joint Organic Congress. Odense, Denmark. 30-31 May 2006.

Number of pages: 2

Type of document: Conference Paper

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More information on authors/freelancers connected to LBI :
Jan G. Bokhorst MSc.;
Lucy P.L. van de Vijver Ph.D.


Language of document: English

Title in English: Contaminants and micro-organisms in organic and conventional food products

Abstract / summary in English:

In the Netherlands we investigated animal and plant products on potentially hazardous contamination with heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticide residues, patho-genic micro-organisms and nitrate. In most cases, the organically produced foods had equal or lower amounts of contaminants than conventionally pro-duced products.  These results conflict with a common idea that organic farming theoretically increases food safety risks. For many contaminants organic food showed a large diversity in the amount of contamina-tion. Experience with organic farming, managing and manure use partly explain these differences. Understanding of these cultivation parameters can help in further improvement of organic cultivation practices