Fact-checking against Organic Food
A while ago an article came out with the title that “organic foods offer fewer health advantages comparing to conventional”. However, it is quite strange how the content of the article contradicts and disproves its title. Let me explain.
The title and heading of the article suggest that “Organic foods offer few health advantages comparing to conventional". When eating organic foods, the exposure to pesticides and chemicals is minimized, however conventionaly grown foods have much higher level of chemicals and pesticides. So the article heading is agreeing that organic foods have ADVANTAGES compared to “conventional” foods.
Most conventional foods are exposed to pesticides and antibiotics--- that much we are in agreement. But the debate is about the amount of exposute to pesticide and antibiotics in conventional foods. But we can all agree that it is much safer to be exposed to lower level of chemicals and pesticides by eating organic foods.
Most of the chemicals, pesticides and herbecides used in non-organic crops are dangerous carcinogens and can result in many health problems and chronic illnesses.
FDA itself has admitted on many occasions that while they had suggested a food product, additive or drugs safe at one point, they later discovered that its level was not adequately tested under proper conditions and hence they were deemed hazardous to the public health.
In fact, GMOs are toxic to public's health:
For instance, many scientists and activists are concerned and deeply troubled that GMO can cause irreparable damage to human DNA and yet, these scientists are not allowed to conduct intensive studies before the release of GMO products. In most cases the independent scientists have even been threatened and warned from speaking publically regarding GMOs dangers.
But how could anyone know about the long term harmful effects of GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, MSGs, HFCS and other toxic foods when there are no long term studies? The smart and prudent thing to do, is to wait and test these contaminants and chemicals until we know 100% that they are safe for public consumption. Let’s not risk people’s lives and their saftey for the corporate profit.
The article also states, “Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides - often a concern when feeding children - but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits. This is again an admission that organic foods and vegetables offer lower or no exposure to pesticides, which addresses the concern when feeding children that have lower immune system. Measurement of safety limits have been proven to be dubious at the very least, and sometimes even dangerous to the health of children, pregnant women, elderly or those with weaker immune system.
There is a limit on how much poison can be tested on human beings:
For instance, Monsanto’s toxic PBC plant was within the range of safety limits before it got banned. The main Monsanto’s PBC plant was in the state of Illinois and up to this day, the Illinois residents suffer from the highest rate of premature birth, birth defects, cancer, lower immune system and fatal death.
Another statement made in the article addresses that “Specialists long have said that organic or not, the chances of bacterial contamination of food are the same, and Mon-day's analysis agreed”. Well, if bacterial contamination in food is a real concern here, then this statement is an oxymoron since it supports some contamination rather than no contamination.
The statement is quite misleading since any food can be contaminated with environmental pollution and bacteria. That does not mean people should go and look for foods sparyed with dangerous chemicals and pesticides. Also, organic foods like any other foods can be contaminated, depeneding on the manufacturer, shipping or handling.
As a metter of fact, a recent study suggests that eating organic foods can lower the exposure to pesticides by 89%. 89% less pesticides sounds good enough for me to stick to organic foods.
Keep in mind that according to a recent research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), non-organic strawberries are on the top list of “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables. According to EWG, about a third of all non-organic strawberries have at least 22 pesticide residues, with these pesticides being banned across Europe. Spinach (non-organic) was second on the list of “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables and others happens to be (all non-organic), nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celeries, potatoes, sweet bell papers and hot peppers.
Keep in mind that an earlier report by EWG shows that 80% of non-organic apples in US are contaminated by a dangerous carcinogen banned in Europe. Most conventionally grown produce in US (including non organic mushrooms) are sprayed with more than dozens of dangerous and toxic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, with some of them being driven from strong nerve agent such as Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War.
A handful of these compounds are so dangerous that some were further developed before and during World War II into chemical warfare agents. As a consumer you should be aware that Agent Orange herbicides, organophosphate and triazinic pesticides are heavily used in conventional agriculture across the country.
The only way to protect yourself and your loved ones (especially children, those with lower immune system and elderly) is by eating USDA certified organic foods. In fact, a recent study suggests that eating organic foods can reduce the level of pesticides and herbicides by 89%. These toxic herbicides and pesticides have been linked to a wide range of health issues such as autism, ADD, ADHD, infertility, cancer, leukemia and Parkinson’s disease.