3 Good Reasons To Eat Organic Food!
(POR) There are a lot of reasons to eat organic rather than conventionally produced foods. But one of the biggest is concerned with pesticide residue. Dr. Philip Landrigan, the dean of Global Health and director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine was asked the following question: “Why should parents feed their children organic fruits and vegetables and the conventionally grown produce that is known to have lower pesticide residues?”
Here was his answer: “Strong and well conducted studies published in leading peer reviewed journals have shown that families who consume an organic diet have 90% lower levels of pesticides in their bodies than families who consistently consume ‘conventional’ pesticide-treated foods.”
Dr. Landrigan has been studying the risks to children of pesticide and chemical exposures since the early 1970s. His work was largely responsible for the removal of lead from paint and gasoline. And he was the principal author of the pivotal 1993 National Academy of Sciences study, “Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children,” that led The United States Congress to pass the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act that set safety standards for pesticides on foods in the United States. Here is what else he had to say:
“Organic farmers use far fewer pesticides, and the pesticides that they use are for the most part safer than conventional pesticides.”
Here are some the differences between conventional and organic farming, and why it is therefore so important to choose organics whenever possible – especially with products like juice…
In conventional farming…
- Farmers plant extensive fields of a single crop (a practice called mono-cropping), which leads to soil nutrient depletion. And less nutrients in the soil equates to less in the plants – which applies to the following: antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
- To maintain the soil nutrient balance, they add synthetic fertilizers.
- To control the field environment, they spray hundreds of millions of pounds of chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides onto the fields each year (826,700 tons, Brazil, 2012).
In organic farming…
- Farmers plant a multitude of crops, which work together to maintain soil nutrient balance. Either this, or crops are rotated yearly to ensure that the land doesn’t become depleted.
- Farmers use natural (as in, derived from Nature) forms of pest control, including natural compounds, friendly insects and compost-based fertilizers. As a result, organic fruits and vegetables contain much lower concentrations of pesticide residues – levels that are often between 10 and 100 times lower than those found in conventional produce.