The Soil Association is calling on the Food Standards Agency to re-think its position on organic food in the light of new research which suggests it could bring health benefits. Last year FSA head Sir John Krebs said organics were no healthier than conventional food, but research conducted by scientists at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and the University of Strathclyde on organic vegetable soups show they contain almost six times as much salicylic acid as non-organic vegetable soups. The anti-inflammatory acid combats hardening of the arteries and bowel cancer. Soil Association director Patrick Holden said: "Previously, two independent studies have shown organic crops to contain higher levels of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and iron, as well as other minerals." {{NEWS }}