Special Issue "Organic Farming: Impacts on Food Quality and Human Health"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert
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Guest Editor
1. Faculty of Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University, East Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
2. Centre for Organics Research (COR), Southern Cross University, East Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
3. Stocksbridge Technology Centre (STC), Selby YO8 3TZ, UK
Interests: soil management; crop protection; crop breeding for low input systems; ‘low input’ and organic agricultural systems development; nutritional quality of organic and low input dairy production systems; food quality and safety assurance; food processing technology; nutritional control of gastrointestinal diseases in monogastric farm animals (pigs/poultry)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global demand for organic foods has increased rapidly over the last 20 years, and a main drive has been consumer perceptions that organic production and processing methods improve the nutritional quality of food and human health. Recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses have shown that there are significant differences between organic and conventional foods. However, there is still considerable scientific controversy about whether and to what extent these composition differences result in tangible health benefits.  

This Joint Special Issue of Nutrients and Agronomy aims to present current knowledge regarding:

  • nutritionally-relevant composition differences between organic and conventional foods
  • why organic farming methods affect the nutritional composition of foods
  • potential impacts of organic food consumptions on animal and human health, and
  • potential trade-offs or synergies between food quality, safety and security impacts of organic food production

The Special Issue will include both reviews and primary research articles that focus on majors gaps of knowledge.

Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • organic food
  • nutritional composition
  • diet
  • food quality
  • pesticide residues
  • mineral nutrients
  • toxic metals
  • phytochemicals
  • fat composition
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • obesity
  • health impacts
  • cohort studies
  • food safety
  • food security

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Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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