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Organic Produce Doesn't Have Higher Levels of Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are toxins produced by moulds that can cause disease and death in humans and animals. They can colonise crops and thus regulators worldwide set limits for the amount that is allowed to be present in food and feed.

For years, pro-Big Ag lobbyists have claimed that organic produce is more likely than chemically grown produce to contain mycotoxins, since organic farming uses less, or less “effective”, fungicides.

But a new study finds that not surprisingly, this is nonsense. The authors measured mycotoxins in organic vs conventionally produce. They found that “Despite no use of fungicides, an organic system appears generally able to maintain mycotoxin contamination at low levels.”

This study did not look at mycotoxin levels in GM crops.

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