Why Organic

organic label 2So what’s the big deal about eating organic? Its becoming more and more popular for many reasons. Are you wondering if its a good idea for you and your family? Read on to find out.

  • No Poisons

    A Harvard study says that 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides could cause cancer.. A study among farm workers showed exposure to pesticides increased the risk of Parkinson’s Disease by 70%. Like apples? If you eat a conventionally-grown apple, even if you washed it, you eat 20-30 different kinds of poisons.

  • No Hormones

     Six different kinds of hormones are put into meat, and rBGH is in milk. There have been no studies to determine if they have an effect on the hormone balance in the humans who consume the meat. The European Union has decided this is unacceptable, and has banned the importation of U.S. grown beef due to questions about its safety. We however continue to eat it. The rBGH, or bovine growth hormone, in milk is linked to infection, sores, and disease in cows. And high levels if IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor) have been found in the milk of cows treated with the growth hormone. IGF-1 has been linked to colon and breast cancer.

  • No Antibiotics

    Animals used for the food industry receive a cocktail of antibiotics to prevent infections that they would get due to other chemicals put in their systems combined with unsanitary quarters. The widespread use of antibiotics is causing bacteria to evolve and become more resistant to these drugs. This means that when we get sick the antibiotics no longer kill the bacteria. For example, MRSA is a term for a specific type of resistant bacteria. In 2000 the average resistance level in the US was 29.6%. By 2009 that number has jumped to 52%. This means that the drugs we have that can save our lives are slowly no longer working. This is partly due to overuse in agriculture. To watch the spread of the resistance go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov3G9GQo0fg .

  • Not Genetically Modified

    Organic foods cannot contain GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). The number of problems potentially caused by GMO’s is shocking. Food allergies, autism, gut and bowel issues, high blood pressure, the list goes on and on. However the companies that make and sell them have been given top positions in the FDA. The agency that is supposed to keep food safe is run by people high up in companies who sell possibly toxic food. Because of this it is hard for studies to be done. There has been a study in Canada showing that the toxins in GMO’s are in the blood of pregnant women and their fetuses. This toxin breaks open the stomachs of bugs, killing them. It is likely eroding the lining of our stomachs, causing disease.

  • Better for the Environment

    Chemicals used in agriculture enter the water table. Hormones in the manure of animals enters lakes and streams where they alter the reproductive cycles of fish. According to the EPA half of Americans drinking water supply has been contaminated with pesticides. We our poisoning our own water.

  • No Additives, Preservatives, Flavorings

    Various additives in our food have been linked to things like food allergies, asthma, hyperactivity, high cholesterol, liver and kidney damage, heart defects, cancers, birth defects, vitamin deficiency, heart attack, and stroke.

  • Safer for Children

    If you have kids you have an even stronger incentive to eat organic. Children are more sensitive to toxins. Since they are smaller the toxins in their bodies are more concentrated. A small amount that my barely affect an adult can wreak havoc on a child. They are still developing so their bodies are more susceptible to damage. Exposure to pesticides doubles a child’s risk of developing ADHD.

So, have I convinced you yet? Organic food is not just a passing fad. It is not an attempt to cheat you of your money. Eating organic is necessary for the health of ourselves, our children, and for future generations.

Sources:

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/issue-1/why-eat-organic.php

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-reasons-to-eat-organic-food.html?page=1

http://www.organicconsumers.org/organlink.cfm

http://www.naturalnews.com/z022264.html

http://www.toxicsaction.org/problems-and-solutions/pesticides

http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/hormones/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov3G9GQo0fg

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/dangers-of-food-additives-and-preservatives.html

Genetic Roulette Movie Review

You can watch the movie for free at geneticroulettemovie.com until October 31, 2012. (Be sure to take a look at the sponsors and thank them by buying their products.)

UPDATE (Jan 29, 2013)  There is another free screening here until February 3rd.

UPDATE (Nov 2, 2013)  Watch it free this week here!

 

Before I watched this movie, I knew GMOs were bad but I rationalized it. I figured if it was on the shelves it must not be that bad. It was easier not to know.

This video does an amazing job at explaining what a GMO (genetically modified organism) is, and why they are so, so, very dangerous. I don’t get angry or riled up often, but this movie got my blood boiling. For those of you just learning about GMOs, they are any living thing that has had their genes messed with by modern science. 88% of all corn and 94% of all soy products have been genetically modified. One example is Bt corn, corn that has had the genes of a bacterium grafted into it’s own DNA. This gene makes a toxin that splits open the stomachs of insects that eat the corn, killing them. There has only been one study done in humans. It found the pesticide produced by the corn in the blood of women, pregnant women, and their fetuses¹. I cannot express how angry this makes me. While there have been no studies that show the long term affect this has on humans, it is very likely that it leads to food allergies, auto immune diseases, and many other gastrointestinal problems. Since I suffer from these myself, this information struck a chord with me.

The video goes into the many illnesses that have been linked to GMOs, from food allergies to autism to heart disease. They do a much better job with it, so I will let you watch it and see for yourself. I know it is long, and in our busy lives time is a precious commodity. However, I cannot say how helpful this movie has been. It clarified many things, and convinced me to never buy or eat genetically modified foods. I found the first part to be the most eye opening. The second half, well, it was also eye opening. But the first half talks more about what the GMOs are doing to our health. The second half is more about the politics and how the big companies are getting away with pulling the wool over our eyes. If you didn’t manage to get to the end (I didn’t the first time I watched) there are some resources given to help find non-GMO food. I know I will be using them. Nongmoshoppingguide.com has a categorized list of safe foods, and they have an iPhone app so you can take it with you. Nongmoproject.com is a movement to certify and label products of being free from genetically modified ingredients. ThRey currently have 400 brands enrolled, and they are growing. The only way we can convince companies to not use GMOs is to refuse to buy them. If there is no profit in using genetically modified ingredients they will no longer be on our grocery store shelves. Our options as a nation are to spend a little more on groceries and live healthy productive lives, or spend a lot more on medical costs and be weakened by chronic illness and disease.

 

  1. Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada” by A. Aris and S. Leblanc [Reprod. Toxicol. 31 (2011) 528-533]. [Reprod Toxicol. 2012]