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Effect of production system and geographic location on milk quality parameters

Butler, G.; Stergiadis, S.; Eyre, M.; Leifert, C.; Borsari, A.; Canever, A.; Slots, T. and Nielsen, H.J. (2007) Effect of production system and geographic location on milk quality parameters. Paper at: 3rd QLIF Congress: Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems, University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20-23, 2007.

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A main reason for the rapid increase in organic food consumption is the perception that organic foods have a superior nutritional composition and/or convey health benefits. However, there is currently limited scientific knowledge about the effect of production systems on food composition. The study reported here compared fatty acid profiles and levels of fat soluble antioxidants in milk from organic and conventional production systems in 5 geographic regions in Europe (Wales, England, Denmark, Sweden and Italy). Levels of nutritionally desirable mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids (vaccenic acid, CLA, α-linolenic acid) and/or a range of fat soluble antioxidants were found to be significantly higher in organic milk.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:milk quality, antioxidants, fatty acid profiles, α-linolenic acid, conjugated linolenic acid, CLA, vaccenic acid, α-tocopherol, carotenoids, omega-3 fatty acids
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Research affiliation: European Union > QualityLowInputFood > Subproject 2: Effects of production methods
International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 2 Food quality/ safety
Related Links:https://orgprints.org/10417/
Deposited By: Leifert, Prof. Carlo
ID Code:10625
Deposited On:11 Mar 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:35
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:The final version of this paper is published in:
Niggli, Urs; Leifert, Carlo; Alföldi, Thomas; Lück, Lorna and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2007) Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF). University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20 – 23, 2007. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. https://orgprints.org/10417/
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