Thursday, January 9, 2014

Are Pesticide-Drenched Foods Really as Healthy as Organic? The “Experts” Say So…

Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton
Activist Post

Pesticides are made to kill things. People who don’t want to eat pesticides often choose organic foods to avoid them. But does that really make sense?

… Well yeah, it kind of does. Duh.

The public has been repeatedly given the impression that “organic” foods are essentially no different than conventional or genetically modified foods.

Many of those promoting that perception are obviously interested in maintaining public confidence in the existing food system, including ingredient lists dominated by GM corn and soy staples and grocery stores made possible by heavy applications of pesticides.

A 2012 Stanford study claimed that there was no evidence that organic foods were any better for you, and the Academy of Pediatrics followed suit with recommendations that organic was no better for children. “…The needed long-term studies do not yet exist to show that eating pesticide-free food makes people healthier,” said Joel Forman, an associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital and co-author of the Pediatrics report.

But do we really need a long-term study just to decide whether or not we should eat regular doses of pesticides with our breakfast, lunch and dinner?

The impact of pesticides in growing your food – which isn’t allowed in certified organic crops – provides more than enough reason to consider avoiding as much GMO and conventional food products as possible. But of course, it is your choice!

Here’s a look at just how many pesticides are used in growing typical crops – like the soybeans used in this chart – by ordinary farmers, depending upon which cultivation method they ascribe to (GMO with Roundup Ready soy; conventional soy; organic soy):

Compare the average number of pesticides used to cultivate GM soybeans and conventional soybeans vs. organic soybeans. (And don’t forget that Roundup is often applied multiple times in a season).

Pesticide Residues in Conventional vs. Organic Produce

Scientists have tracked pesticide residue samples collected from produce sold in grocery stores over many years – analyzing data sets from the USDA, California’s Dept. of Pesticide Regulation and the Consumers Union – and determined that organic produce has, on average, one third of the pesticide residue levels as compared with conventional produce, while the latter often has traces of multiple pesticides. The worst offenders showed residues from 14 types of pesticides; don’t forget that these toxic agents are also taken up by the plant and may be expressed inside foods as well.
While organic foods may not be perfect, they verifiably do expose consumers to less pesticides in their diet – something that may be worthwhile, particularly for children.

Pesticides: Hazardous to Humans and Other Living Creatures

After all, many types of pesticides are outright neurotoxins, potential carcinogens and/or endocrine disruptors. It might just be a wise idea – under the precautionary principle (ya know, until the evidence comes in through those long-term studies) – to minimize your intake of things marked with a skull & crossbones on the warning label.
Roundup Upsets Photosynthesis in Plants

Studies have found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup, accumulates in plants and adversely affects photosynthesis – which, in turn, may well affect the nutrition of your food, since photosynthesis is what makes all the good stuff happen in plants.
Glyphosate Even Affects Glyphosate-Resistant Crops

This remains true in glyphosate resistant (Roundup Ready GMO) crops as well, with studies pointing to a decline in the plant’s metabolic functions, including photosynthesis, due to the uptake of glyphosate.
Good thing the EPA – ya know, the Environmental Protection Agency – just raised the allowable limits for glyphosate by 3,000%… happy eating!

Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton created, where this first appeared, as an outlet to examine the news, uncover the deceptions, pierce through the fabric of illusions, know the real enemy, unshackle from the system, and begin to imagine the path towards taking back our lives, one step at a time, so that one day we might truly be free...

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nccowboy said...

Where do the delegates in Washington get their vegetables from? are they eating the same insecticide laced food as we are?

joanofark06 said...

They must be eating the same laced foods...otherwise how could they say that pesticides are fine?? Their brain dead.

Anonymous said...

Right. And those same scientists probably eat foods free from pesticides just like the doctors who push vaccines and flu shots but don't shoot up their own families (or themselves).

Another double-standard, another "do as I say, not as I do" load of crap. Tired of being fed lies and untruths by a cabal with an agenda to kill most of us off. Guess What? Some of us still have the ability to reason, think and choose for ourselves even when we are being sold a load of bullshit...

brad said...

Danish (?) study in the early 90s showed EXACT correlation btwn amount of pesticides in a human male and the damage to their fertility as measured by motility (ability of sperm to move/navigate) and number. More toxins = less sperm. Hmmm.

Think of this other, ignored, aspect. We use at least 4,000 times more poison to "solve" our pest problems. These are primarily 3-fold; plant, animal, and disease pests. Technically, a solution would stop a problem or decrease it's damages. In REALITY our toxic pesticide "solutions" have allowed the problem to become over 400 times worse in the same time frame in which we've increased usage by 4,000 times.

There is NO WAY you can pretend that these damb things are effective in what they claim to do.

Jenny said...

Great information!
Of course, there's been always controversy about these facts, but the reality is that organic products (including others than only food, as for example cosmetics) do have less chemical products involved. What is sure is that chemical products are not beneficial, so if I can easily switch to organic products, I don't see any reason not to do it... But it is only my opinion :-)

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