The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies presents:

Organic Food Quality: What does Science say?
It depends who the scientists are working for!

Dr Raymond Auerbach (Rainman Landcare Foundation)

This seminar will show that food nutritional quality has steadily declined over the past hundred and thirty years, while crop yields per hectare have increased dramatically. It will then look at a review of research comparing conventional and organic food quality, which draws on research findings of the last twenty years (1980 to 2007) and finds that organic food is significantly more nutritious than conventional food.

The results of the recently completed “Quality Low Input Food” project, which ran over the five years from 2003 to 2008 involving 31 institutions and funded by the European Union to the tune of Euro 18 million also found major differences, most (but not all) in favour of organic food quality. Finally, we examine the controversial outcome of the UK Food Standard Agency review, which came to rather different conclusions, and try to understand how scientific reviewers could come to such apparently opposite conclusions, from the same body of published research results.

Quality Low Input Biscuits and Tea will be served.

Date: Monday, 12 October 2009
Time: 13h00 – 14h00
Venue: PLAAS Boardroom (2nd Floor, Main Hall, University of the Western Cape)
Presenter: Dr Raymond Auerbach
Director: Rainman Landcare Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal

Please note: this is a Special Seminar, therefore instead of on the usual Thursday its on a Monday.

Please confirm your attendance with Nandipha Makatesi by no later than Wednesday (07 October 2009)
Tel: 021 959 3754 Email:

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