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Organic Foods May Fight Disease

Disease-Fighting Factors Fill Sustainably Farmed Foods

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Nevertheless, Mitchell says the findings have changed the way she eats.

"Yes, it changed my habits," she says. "I went into this because we do a lot of work on flavonoids. I am not a farmer. When we got the results we did, I was surprised. I have started buying organic everything. If nothing else, it did convince me."

Mitchell's findings appear in the Feb. 26 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Though the bulk of the research was funded by the University of California, Davis, some funding -- largely in the form of donated fruits and vegetables -- came from Oregon Freeze-Dry Inc. and Stahlbush Island Farms Inc., producers and/or growers of organic and sustainably farmed foods.

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