Organic Foods No Healthier Than Conventional Foods | You Decide

Head-lining recent health news is a study claiming 
"Organic foods no healthier than conventional foods"

The recent "study" was actually just a review conducted at Stanford University and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. And the review actually showed the organic is indeed better than conventionally grown foods in many aspects.
 For the sake of sensationalism, it seems many journalists have deceived the public with their false reports.


Natural News explains it well in their recent article,


The study actually concluded:
• Exposure to chemical pesticides was significantly lower in organic foods 
(roughly 30% less than conventional foods).
• Exposure to "superbugs" in meat (antibiotic-resistant bacteria) was also significantly lower in organic foods (roughly a 33% risk difference).
• The study conclusion says, right out, that "Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria."



So what makes organic better?

First of all lets look at how a plant grows...Plants need to get fluids and nutrients from the ground which is carried up through their stems to their parts that are above ground level. Plants have complex vascular tissues, which transports water and minerals up from the roots to the leaves.

So essentially plants "drink up" whatever is in the soil.

Soil is the plants food, so plants growing in soil contaminated with sewage sludge, pesticides and heavy metals, drink these up into their tissues. This is why you can not wash away the toxins. Contamination can occur throughout the entire cells of the plant. Factory farms (conventional) mostly farm using monoculture practices, meaning they grow massive fields of only one crop. This never occurs in nature and because of this, the soil is often lacking nutrients, as are the plant growing in them.

The three biggest health differences in organic vs conventional growing are:


1. The use of toxic sewage sludge
2. Pesticides on the plants and in the soil
3. GMO's

The use of toxic sewage sludge:

Probably the most disgusting, dangerous and least talked about conventional farming practice is the use of toxic sewage sludge. Sewage sludge is NOT permitted in organic agriculture. Used under the veil of "biosolids", conventional farms spread both waste from households and treated sewage plant waste on their fields.

Sewage sludge not only contains human waste such as feces, urine, vomit & blood, it also contains pretty much everything that has been flushed down the drain from prescription drugs and chemical cleaning agents.

Disposal of hazardous waste has been a challenge for both industry and governments for decades. Being touted as eco-friendly "organic" matter (not to be confused with organic growing, but confusing indeed) and having a “beneficial use”, falling under these greenwashing key words because in a way, it's recycling....What the Heck? Yuck! 

This sludge is being legally marketed to farmers who spray it or plough it into soil as "organic fertilizer" (meaning organic matter and not at all permitted in organic farming) which is sucked up by every cell of the plant as it grows.


THIS HAPPENS IN CANADA TOO.

Organic farming relies on the principals of building healthy soil which will produce naturally healthy plants. Using composted plant matter, clean, natural ocean based fertilizers such as seaweeds and fish and cover crops. A much safer and healthier way to properly build soil to grow healthy plants.

Pesticides on the plants and in the soil: 

While it is true that washing conventionally grown fruits and vegetables can remove some of the surface pesticides, many are sealed in by waxes. Even peeling will only remove a portion of the pesticides while losing vital antioxidants that are present in the colorful peels.

All that said, pesticides can be absorbed by plants through the leaves and roots. Pesticides that are taken up by plants can move (translocate) to other parts of the plant and can never be washed or peeled away. Pesticides and toxins are also being embedded directly into the plant through genetic modification which can no way be removed from the plant.

Organic farming uses less toxic methods of pest control and supports a healthy soil thus reducing the likelihood of the plant being contaminated on the surface and through the flesh.

GMO's: 

Altering the genetics of a plant in a laboratory with everything from other plant and animal DNA, bacteria, viruses, is common practice in conventionally grown factory farmed foods. GMO's will monopolize the seed industry giving power to large corporations over or foods. Contrary to what industry would like for the public to believe, GMO's are not the way to feed the world. Not only do GMO's have environmental consequences as well as food supply consequences, GMO's have health risks and companies are not required to label your foods GMO, you don't know what you could be eating. Even FDA scientists, warned that GMOs can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.

The use of GMO's is NOT permitted in organic agriculture. Organic farmers focus on plant diversity by using heirloom varieties of seeds which are naturally stronger and more pest resistant. The original varieties often are more colorful, unique and higher in antioxidants & nutrients.

So what do you want to eat? 

Factory farmed foods fed with toxic and gross sewage sludge, food that has been living off of depleted soils laden with pesticides, chemicals, toxic waste and plants with unknown genetic mutations? 
Or 
Foods grown in a cleaner environment in healthy soil by people who care?
Healthy plants = healthy food = healthy people


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