Why should we bother to buy the more expensive organic products when we can get the cheaper conventional products? Because there is a serious health and environmental threat linked to the use of chemicals in food production.
68% of all conventional products (sold in Denmark) contain traces of pesticides, drug residues, dioxins and straw shortener (1). This disgusting cocktail effects our hormones, we get allergies and it can cause cancer. Girls enter puberty much earlier than before and we see girls down to the age of 9-10 starting to grow breast. Pesticides like nitrate and nitrite are proved cancer provoking. And pesticides seem to impact especially children negatively leading to memory loss, difficulty concentrating and decrease in IQ.
Can we let this happen when we can just take a stand and turn to organic food?
Chemical exposures have become a serious public health threat, costing the U.S. more than $340 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity. In the EU - where regulations are more stringent and exposure is less severe than in the U.S. - medical expenses associated with hormone disturbing chemicals exposure are estimated at $177.5 billion annually (2).
Strangely enough there are no "approved" studies saying that organic food is better for our body and health. But even though governments tell us that there is no risk of eating food with pesticides, drug residues, dioxins and straw shortener, we believe it is important to use common sense. Do we really want to eat and expose ourselves to these chemicals? Do we know all the effects yet of the 'cocktail effect' of all the chemicals? Probably not.
See what happens to your body when you eat organic food
COOP in Sweden made a simple test for pesticides in the urin of a family, who normally ate only conventional food. After eating only organic food during two weeks they were practically free from pesticides in their bodies.
Watch the short video of the experiment and learn about the shocking result of how many pesticides were found in their urin.
So what does pesticides do to the body?
It is a fact that we see a dramatic increase in food allergies and food intolerances. According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011 (3).
When we were kids we hardly ever heard about allergies and now it seems to affect many families. Why is that? Are we just being more vulnerable or could there be another reason?
There is growing evidence that pesticides can cause food allergies and the increased use of pesticides might be one reason for the increased number of allergy cases. People exposed to higher levels of certain germ- and weed-killing chemicals are more likely to develop food allergies. 1 in 13 kids in the US has food allergies and it's a rising number (4). In Europe the number of allergies in children has doubled during the last 10 years . Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year. Apart from the obvious unfortunate impact on the people suffering it is also a huge cost to our society.
Another important factor for food allergies might be the use GMO seeds. Food allergies occur when your body sees food protein as foreign and launches an inflammatory respons to drive out the "invadors". In the 1990th in the US a number of new proteins were launched by the food industry. Although they were never tested in humans they were launched nevertheless. In Europe GMO's have been banned until the impact has been proven. (5)
Genes from bacteria and viruses have been forced into the DNA of soy, corn, cotton, and canola plants, which are used for food. Ohio allergist John Boyles is one of a growing number of experts who believe that these genetically modified (GM) foods are contributing to the huge jump in food allergies in the US, especially among children (SOURCE). For instance growth hormones in cattle which can't be broken down and these anabolic steroids are transferred directly to the consumer who buys meat from this cattle. A study in the US shows that men eating large amount of beef have less sperm production than their counterparts.
The problem here is that innocent until proven guilty is a risky approach. We have no real knowledge of the impact of Genetically modified products and therefore can't prove that they are harmful. But the extreme increase in Food intolerances could indicate that there is a link between these new proteins and the increase in food allergies. Anyway it would be fair to make proper studies on the long term effects of GMO - don't you think?
Another important reason for choosing organic food is that organically grown food contain 13-29% more of the important vitamins and minerals (Vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus) concludes a study from The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (6).
By producing organic we keep are nature free from pesticides. As mentioned we don't know the long-term impact on nature of our use of pesticides but it's hard to believe that we don't abuse nature by our excessive use of pesticides and other synthetical products.
In Europe there has been cases of swine filled with antibiotics and other medicine residues. It just doesn’t sound like something we wanna eat, does it?
As you can read there are many good reasons to choose organic. And organic food simply tastes better!!!