Let’s have a new conversation about measuring Food Quality and question the need for labelling

Fungi Tent

Numerous studies have questioned whether organically certified food is more nutritious than conventionally grown food, with conflicting results. In 2007, it was suggested that, ’Conventional farmers who are closest to organic practices can be better than the worst organic farmer’ In 2017, the Bionutrient Food Association began developing a Bionutrient Scanner to measure food quality based on nutrient density. Preliminary results from 2019 suggest that organic, but not certified, vegetables contained higher levels of antioxidants/(poly)phenolics compared to certified organic and biodynamic crops. This session explores the concept of food quality based on nutrient density and asks, ‘Could easy-to-use measuring tools rather than labelling enable a new conversation on re-defining food quality?’