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Organic Food

Volume 622: debated on Monday 12 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the Food Standards Agency has any scientific means of determining the difference between foodstuffs grown organically and those grown conventionally. [HL498]

There is no universally applicable method of distinguishing organic food from that conventionally produced. The Food Standards Agency is funding research to explore ways in which this might be achieved for vegetables.