Organic Foods

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The benefits of consuming an abundance of conventional produce or soy foods likely far outweigh the risks of pesticides, but why accept any risk at all when you can choose organic. There are also broader benefits for the environment.

Rinsing our produce under running water may only take off around 15% of pesticides, but one can make a fruit and vegetable wash that works better.

Test tube studies suggest organic produce may be more health-promoting.  Organic berries, for example, appear to suppress the growth of cancer cells better than conventional berries.

Organic and conventionally grown produce have little difference in the level of vitamins and minerals, but higher levels of phenolic phytonutrients have been found in organic produce.  Also, organic produce may present less of a food safety riskPoultry that is raised organically may be less contaminated with arsenic-containing drugs and multidrug resistant bacteria, and organic pork may present less of a Yersinia risk. In general, eating lower on the food chain may reduce exposure to chemical residues.  To avoid fungal toxins, it may be better to consume organic rather than conventional apple juice

The hormones naturally found in even organic animal foods may help explain why women eating vegan are five times less likely to give birth to twins. The hormones in dairy may contribute to disease by bypassing our body’s natural feedback systems. 

Monsanto’s Roundup has been demonstrated to have adverse effects on human placental tissue, and GMO soybeans have substantially more pesticide residues than organic or conventional non-GMO soy. Yet BT toxin is considered so non-toxic that it is sprayed on organic fruits and vegetables.

Children raised on largely organic, vegetarian diets may have a lower prevalence of asthma and allergies. The U.S. presidential cancer panel report recommends choosing organic, especially for children, the most vulnerable population for increased environmental cancer risk.

Topic summary contributed by Emily.

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