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Sep 3, 2010
A major strawberry fruit quality study by a team of scientists based at Washington State University has been published in the prestigious journal PlosOne.
The new study is entitled "Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems" and concludes that organic strawberries contain higher concentrations of vital phenolic acids and antioxidants, like Vitamin C, are more shelf stable, lack residues of synthetic pesticides, and benefit from more diverse soil microbial communities.
The study is generating significant media coverage from all over the world. The findings reinforce a growing body of literature in peer reviewed journals that shows that, on average, organic production systems produce more nutreint dense, tastier, and more shelf-stable fruits and vegetables.
The Organic Center provided part of the funding for the study. The bulk of the resources were provided by the USDA and other government research grants.