There is a difference between organic food and conventional food. Despite what people may tell you. According to organic.com, organic food is “grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.” (https://organic.org/faqs/). As a result, organic food is better for humans and the environment. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of eating organic.
Pesticides are chemicals that kill pests. It sounds like a great idea. We have a way to prevent bugs from eating out food. Unfortunately, pesticides don’t just harm pests. They also harm humans. We must ask ourselves: Is the convenience of pesticides worth the inconvenience it causes to people? First, we must know what are the dangers of pesticides?
Short-term risks according to Pesticide Action Network UK
- respiratory tract irritation, sore throat and/or
- eye and skin irritation
- nausea, vomiting,
diarrhoea headache, loss of consciousness
- extreme weakness, seizures and/or death
Long-term risks according to PAN-UK
- Parkinson Disease
- Depression and anxiety
- cancer: leukaemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Furthermore, many pesticides are carcinogenic (meaning they cause cancer).
Organic Animal Products
If you want to start adding organic products into your life, the best place to begin is with animal products. Organic meat is expensive. Next week, I will be writing a post on how to eat organic on a budget. When you eat non-organic meat or other non-organic animal products, you are eating antibiotics, hormones, and thousands of chemical additives. What are the dangers of having these in your food? You are what you eat. And you are what your food eats. Antibiotic-laden food has contributed to the spread of antibiotic-resistant diseases. Among these, is the MRSA staph bacteria (Nearly Half of U.S. Meat Tainted With Drug-Resistant Bacteria). You’ve probably seen milk that is “hormone-free”. Hormones in animal products are being linked to hormone-dependent cancers.
Along with eating organic meat, you’ll also want to do your best to eat organic fruits and veggies. When you eat conventional produce, you are eating: pesticides, herbicides, sewage sludge, ionizing radiation, growth hormones, and antibiotics. Organic foods are also Non-GMO. GMOs have many health risks. Even if you can’t eat fully organic, I would suggest eating fully Non-GMO. In 2015, IRAC classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. I encourage you to do further research on GMOs. You may have to dig a little.
People will try to tell you that eat organic doesn’t matter. Many organizations and people fight to try to convince you that it doesn’t matter what you put into your body. It does though. Do the research for yourself. Research the people and organizations and see who is sponsoring them.