food

Consider four more reasons to buy organic

Friday, July 15, 2011 by: Susan Lynn Peterson
Tags: organic food, benefits, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Talk to someone about organic versus conventional food. What's the first topic to come up? Pesticide residue. Pesticide residue is, however, only a small part of the reason to buy organic.

Synthetic Fertilizers
Conventional agriculture spreads enough synthetic fertilizer each year to cover one-eighth of the country. Plants absorb some of it, but the rest runs off into streams, lakes, rivers and eventually the ocean. Algae feed on these fertilizers and grow into giant "blooms." These blooms consume huge amounts of oxygen and choke out fish and other marine life. The Gulf of Mexico alone has a 3,000 to 8,000 square mile dead zone, where nothing can live but fertilizer-fed algae. That's an area roughly the size of Los Angeles County, now completely dead. Buying conventional produce contributes to the death of our waterways.

Farmer Health
Pesticides have been linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemia, skin cancer, miscarriages, neurological problems, and a host of other ills. Methyl iodide, which is sprayed on strawberry fields in California to kill fungus, is used to induce cancer in laboratory animals. Conventional agriculture asks farm workers to live and work in a pesticide-saturated environment. Studies show that every child, who lives and works on these farms, carries these toxic, carcinogenic chemicals in his/her body. Buying conventional produce is hiring farm workers and their families to absorb poisons and carry them within their bodies.

Antibiotic Resistance
Conventional agriculture routinely adds antibiotics to farm animal food. In fact, 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are fed to healthy animals. This practice is breeding antibiotic-resistant bacteria at a record pace. Bacteria become resistant to antibiotics by being exposed to them steadily over a long period of time. It's like any other form of natural selection; the weak bacteria die when exposed to antibiotics, and the strong survive and pass down their genes to the next generation. Half of all U.S. meat and poultry is now contaminated by antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus bacteria. Federal regulations prohibit organic producers from adding antibiotics to the feed of healthy animals. Buying organic says, "no" to the current dangerous way of handling antibiotics on conventional farms.

Other Contaminants
Pesticides are only one of a long list of contaminants in foods. Artificial coloring, flavoring and synthetic dyes are all allowed in conventional food but prohibited in organic. Genetically modified ingredients are also not allowed in food labeled organic. Right now, given current GMO labeling laws in the United States, if you want to be sure that your food isn't growing its own Bt toxins, your only recourse is to buy organic. If you feel GMOs aren't being tested sufficiently before being released for human consumption, buying organic says, "I won't eat that stuff until you prove it to be safe." Organic food minimizes your chance of being exposed to some of the worst contaminants allowed in conventional food.

Organic food is not a panacea. Organic food can be poorly handled. It can become contaminated just like conventionally grown food. It is, however, considerably more humane and more environmentally friendly than conventionally grown food.

Read More:

Scientific American; How Fertilizers Harm Earth More Than Help Your Lawn; July 20, 2009.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cf...

Change.org; Some Strawberry Farmers Won't Use Cancer-Causing Pesticide, Methyl Iodide; Sarah Parsons; March 28, 2011.
http://news.change.org/stories/some-strawber...

Natural Resources Defense Council; Trouble on the Farm; October 1998.
http://www.nrdc.org/health/kids/farm/farminx...

GPO Access; National Organic Program; June 13, 2011. http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-id...

The Translational Genomics Research Institute; Nationwide study finds U.S. meat and poultry is widely contaminated; April 15, 2011. http://www.tgen.org/news/index.cfm?newsid=19...

Pew Charitable Trust; Human Health and Industrial Farming. http://www.saveantibiotics.org/ourwork.html


About the author

Susan Lynn Peterson is the award winning author of "Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes" and "Clare: A Novel." Learn more about Susan and her writing at www.susanlynnpeterson.com.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.