Science, Organic Food and Toxicity
Science is catching up what organic eaters have known all along – organic food not only tastes better, it’s better for us. Organic products contains higher concentrations of minerals and nutrients essential for our health and well-being.
And the taste test? A no-brainer. Every time you go to a farmers market and buy organic, you’re eschewing conventional food. Why? Because organic tomatoes, organic strawberries, organic peaches and organic everything tastes fresher and so much better.
Science is also seeing the link between non-organic and cancer. While the occasional indulgence in non-organic is not a big deal, a diet that consists of mostly non-organic produce will affect your health and your family’s health because toxins accumulate, and our bodies simply can’t keep up with the levels of toxins in our world we are exposed to, and the added load of a toxic diet. When we choose grocery store conventional food laden with synthetic pesticides instead of USDA organic label food, we choose to bombard our bodies with an additional synthetic load: some bodies can handle it, whereas others simply can’t keep up.
Eating organic is an easy way to reduce toxins in your body.
According to a National Institute of Health study, an organic diet “Significantly Lower[s] Children’s Dietary Exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides.”
Research is showing us that harmful pesticides and herbicides such as Glyphosate, present in most conventional food, are directly linked to Lymphomas such as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The media has dubbed this the “weedkiller cancer,” and a simple Consumer Safety Watch search reveals multiple lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer, the makers.
Gut Biome Crucial for Health
We are also increasingly learning the importance of the gut-brain connection.
Our gut is our second brain, and the seat of our immune system. A healthy gut requires nutritious, wholesome food and is crucial for overall health and wellbeing. There is significant research that links changes in the diet to decreasing signs and symptoms of inflammatory diseases and significantly decreasing reactionary states from children with certain behavioral disorders. WebMD reports that, “ a healthy gut microbiome may even ease the symptoms of autism.”
What Does Organic and Local Really Mean?
In chemistry, the term “organic” refers to substances having carbon. In farming practices, however, organic refers to “ agricultural production systems that do not use genetically modified (GM) seed, synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. … Organic farmers use biological methods and management practices such as diversified crop rotations that improve soil quality.”
The American public has become increasingly more and more interested and supportive of local, organic produce. The trend began in the 1990’s, when Farmer’s Markets began popping up on University Campuses and in progressive communities all over the United States. At first, the Farmer’s Markets only attracted “hippies” who brought their own shopping bags and searched for the best produce available. Nowadays, local organic farmer’s markets attract individuals from all walks of life, all of us interested in supporting natural farming techniques and getting the freshest, best tasting food available.
Organic Standards Support Sustainable
Lovers of local, regional organic farms are also inadvertently supporting sustainable farming practices for future generations. Conventional agricultural practices and large scale farms are some of the biggest polluters of our soil and water supplies and result in depleted soil. In an interview in Scientific American, a senior UN official reveals:
“We are losing 30 soccer fields of soil every minute, mostly due to intensive farming…Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years.”
The only way we are going to maintain the human race is by radically shifting our way of life. Eating organic is a simple, easy step in that direction, with far-reaching positive affects.
ORGANIC WORDS TO KNOW
Literally, “life variety”: the large range of plants and also pets that exist within any kind of offered geographical area.
A substance that is toxic to plants and used to destroy undesired plant growth
A substance used to kill insects and other organisms that harmful to cultivated plants. Pesticides are also used on animals, such as cat and dog flea/tick killer.
Farming that utilizes no man-made chemicals or genetically crafted pets or plants.
A compound or substance that has been purified or prepared, especially by artificially means.
Practices that maintain the equilibrium in between human demands and production viability.
Organic Food Act:
In 1979, California passed the California Organic Food Act, developing a lawful interpretation of what can be marketed to customers as “natural” and also what can not.
1990, the U.S. Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act as a component
of that same year’s Farm Bill. The 1990 act called for the federal government
to begin a National Organic Program that would specify as well as implement
requirements for the development and handling of “natural” items.