“The quality, cleanliness and purity of a child’s food and diet are critical.” – Dr. Murray Clarke, ND., D.Hom., L.Ac.
There is a rising trend in the media questioning the value of organic food. It has created confusion for consumers who wonder if paying extra for organic foods is really worth it.
You might be surprised to know that between 2009 and 2013, a reported $126 million was spent to convince you that “organic is no better than conventional and not worth the money.”
Friends of the Earth identifies these groups whose names would make anyone think they’re providing information that’s trustworthy: Coalition for Safe & Affordable Food, Center for Food Integrity, Center for Consumer Freedom, International Food Information Council, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and Council for Biotechnology Information. However, their affiliations are reported to include companies such as Monsanto, Chevron, Dow Chemical, and DuPont.
Wonder why the video below is no longer playing?
The video went viral and brought a lot of attention. This week, the Swedish Crop Protection Association (“Svenskt Växtskydd”) is suing for “for misleading and inaccurate advertisement.” The association consists of nine separate companies that produce pesticides.
But now, there’s irrefutable evidence that choosing organic foods is one of the best ways to ensure your family’s health…and worth every penny.
EU Landmark Announcement
On June 3rd, the European Union came out with the announcement that pesticides can cause brain damage: “At least 100 different pesticides … [are] known to cause adverse neurological effects in adults and all of these substances must therefore be suspected of being capable of damaging developing brains as well.” Professor Ewa Rembiałkowska, of Warsaw University, said: “There are indications that organic crops have a lower cadmium content than conventional crops due to differences in fertiliser use and soil organic matter, an issue that is highly relevant to human health.”
And, the organic food demand continues to increase with sales totaling about $47 billion in 2016. And, the statistics from 2016 are nearly a $4 billion improvement on the 2015 showing, which was the first time that the organics eclipsed the $40 billion threshold.
Restaurants like Chipotle are enjoying growth while mainstream chains like McDonald’s are closing stores and testing if kale will catch on. Food manufacturers such as General Mills are also getting in the game with proclamations of removing artificial flavors and colors.
Real-World Study: A Revelation to a Hardcore Conventional Diet Family
What if you found a family who had been eating only conventional foods, tested them for chemicals, changed their diet to 100% organic food for 2 weeks, then tested again. What would you find?
A research organization in Sweden (IVL, the Swedish Environment Research Institute), wanted to find out the answer to this hypothesis. For a family whose priority was saving money on food, see why they did a complete turnaround in their thinking:
Note: This viral video is no longer available due to lawsuit mentioned above.
What the video doesn’t tell you, are 2 very important additional results researchers found. The full study is available for your reference.
- Currently, there is no approved method for making an overall assessment of the effect of multiple chemicals and how they are interacting with one another.
- The children’s chemical load decreased more than the adults, probably due to their higher food intake relative to their body weight. That means, the same exposure to chemicals results in higher concentrations of chemical residues in the bodies of children than in adults. (Swedish Chemicals Agency 2014).
- The pesticides found included: MCPA, Atrazine, Chlorpyrifos, Thiabendazole, Boscalid, Pyrethroids, such as cypermethrin and esfenvalerate,
2,4-‐ dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), Propamocarb, Chlormequat chloride (CCC), and Mepiquat.
And, there is another pesticide that is now in the spotlight and changing world opinion because of its ubiquitous use on food.
1. Glyphosate – Reason Enough to Always Choose Organic
In March, 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that the herbicide glyphosate may contribute to non-hodgkins lymphoma and labeled it 2A, probably carcinogenic to humans. According to Aaron Blair chair of the IARC review committee, “the studies found glyphosate in farmworkers’ blood and urine, chromosomal damage in cells, increased risks of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in some people exposed, and tumor formation in some animal studies.
Glyphosate has also been directly linked to other major health issues, including: birth defects, nervous system damage, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, various forms of cancer, and kidney failure.
When the WHO announcement came out, some countries immediately started banning glyphosate. The first was Sri Lanka who decided that it was the main reason for their 5-fold increase in the deadly chronic kidney disease, CKDu. It was followed by bans in the Netherlands, Colombia, Bermuda and France (glyphosate banned from garden centers). Other countries expected to announce a ban are: Brazil, China, Germany (advocating an EU-wide ban), and Argentina (30,000 doctors are demanding it be banned).
Glyphosate is used worldwide on genetically modified crops as well as on vegetables, tobacco, fruit trees, plantation forests of pine and eucaluptus, in urban gardens, flowerbeds and along railways.
Across America, growers sprayed 280 million pounds in 2012…that’s nearly a pound per person. That same year, some five million acres in California were treated with glyphosate to grow almonds, peaches, onions, cantaloupe, cherries, sweet corn, citrus, grapes and more.
Shocking news: Glyphosate is NOT included in the U.S. government’s testing of food for pesticide residues or the monitoring of chemicals in human blood and tissues. As a result, there is NO information on how much people are exposed to from using it in their yards, living near farms or eating foods from treated fields.”
Joao Pedro Stedile, leader of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) says, “We can no longer accept the use of these poisons because they destroy biodiversity, aggravate climate change, destroy the soil’s fertility, and contaminate the water and even the air. And above all, they bring more illness, such as cancer. “
Glyphosate is sold under the names Roundup, Cosmoflux, Baundap, Glyphogan, Panzer, Potenza and Rango.
In the United States, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is preparing to release its new risk assessment of the herbicide in July.
Impacts on Children
A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics (May 2010) conclusively linked children’s Attention Deficit Disorder with the amount of pesticides found in their urine samples. The higher the pesticide amounts, the higher the incidence of ADD and ADHD.
Another study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics (August 2010) shows the link between increased exposure to pesticides and the alarming trend of early puberty in American girls. Fifteen percent of the girls studied showed the beginnings of breast development at age seven. The average age of breast development was eleven years of age in 1991 (Journal of Pediatrics, 2009).
How can you avoid these chemicals? Choose to buy organic.
2. Serious Issues with GMOs
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering.
If you’re purchasing conventional foods, chances are very high that there will be GMOs in them. About 80 to 95 percent of the processed foods in supermarkets would need labels to identify that a GMO was involved in some aspect of its manufacture. Vermont, Connecticut and Maine have passed mandatory labeling laws for GMO foods with 15 more states ready to follow.
One of the serious issues with GMO’s include the ever-increasing need for stronger and higher doses of pesticides because crops become resistant.
Dr. Murray Clarke, in his book “Natural Baby, Healthy Child” writes: “Obviously, these genetic mutations and splicings would never occur naturally and they are described by many prominent scientists as playing “Russian roulette” with our most important commodity, our food. GMOs are unlike any other form of pollution ever created by humans, and we have no way of knowing what the long-term consequences of altering our food sources this way may be.”
Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, set out to discover if Monsanto’s GM soy leads to problems in growth or reproduction. Here are the startling results his research uncovered: “After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results.”
The offspring of the first generation had a slower growth rate and reached their sexual maturity later than normal. Results from the offspring of the second generation were disturbing with a fivefold higher infant mortality rate compared to the 5 percent normal rate of the control group.
By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and had a high mortality rate among the pups.” Institute for Responsible Technology, April 2010).
Another study with pigs who were fed a GMO diet resulted in a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs who were fed a comparable non-GMO diet. Dr. Judy Carman concluded, “Humans have a similar gastrointestinal tract to pigs, and these GM crops are widely consumed by people, particularly in the USA, so it would be prudent to determine if the findings of this study are applicable to humans.” Institute of Health and Environmental Research, Kensington Park, SA, Australia June 2013
You can avoid GMO foods by buying organic. USDA Certified Organic foods are also non-GMO.
3. Significant Nutritional Difference – The Unseen Benefits
Another contention about organic versus conventional foods that is often made is that they there is no nutritional difference between them.
But, in July 2014, the British Journal of Nutrition published its breakthrough findings that organic crop foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants. Their analysis of 343 studies showed that “a switch to eating organic fruit, vegetable and cereals would provide additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day.”
Antioxidants have been shown to help reduce risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and cancers.
They also determined that there were lower levels of heavy metals. Astonishingly, the level of cadmium was found to be almost 50% lower in organic crops. Cadmium, lead and mercury are the three metal contaminants for which the European Commission has set maximum permitted contamination levels.
Professor Carlo Leifert Professor of Ecological Agriculture at Newcastle University, who led the study added: “The organic vs. non-organic debate has rumbled on for decades now, but the evidence from this study is overwhelming – that organic food is high in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals and pesticides.”
Recently the Environmental Working Group created a Food Scores App with weighted scores for nutrition, ingredient and processing concerns. Ratings are from 1 (best) to 10 (worst). You can download the app to help you choose better foods while you’re at the store.
Coming soon: TellSpec Food Sensor which will allow you to test and analyze your food to know exactly what in it. It’s a game-changer we’re looking forward to.
Every time you eat organic foods, you’re contributing to a positive effect on your health. For children, the impact of that choice is even greater. Every time you choose to buy organic food, you are choosing to nourish your child and avoid chronic diseases. In the long run, you are giving them the gift of lifelong health.
Part 1: The Truth About GMO
Part 2: Why Babies and Children are Most Vulnerable to GMO
The GMO Food Industry Has Been Giving False Claims That Their Food Is Safe
Start An Organic Garden With Your Child And Plant Life