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Birds prefer non-organic.

Dr Ailsa McKenzie found that wild birds offered wheat seed in winter preferred the non-organic type.

In 30 gardens across the north of England, feeding stations were set up with twin feeders, one containing organic wheat, the other non-ogranic, both of the same variety of wheat.

The birds ate up to 20% more of the non-organic type.  And when the feeders were switched around, they soon moved on to the non-organic source.

Due to the different growing methods, the non-organic type contains about 10% more protein, a key advantage in getting through the winter.

This study in wild birds backs up lab studies on canaries, which found they also preferred non-organic.


May 19, 2010 - Posted by | Ailsa McKenzie, Nature, Science

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