3 Top Reasons to Choose Organic Food for your Family

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Reason One for Choosing Organics

Organic food is produced without the use of antibiotics, hormones, synthetic fertilizers, and artificial pesticides. Why is that so important?

Food that comes from antibiotic treated animals.

The main concern about consuming food products that come from antibiotic treated animals is not only that the antibiotics that are transferred into the human body after consumption may harm us (farmers not only use antibiotics to treat illness in animals, but also use them to fatten the animals), but that ingesting these antibiotics may also increase antibiotic resistance. In other words, consumers are concerned that if they are ill due to some harmful bacteria, the antibiotics the doctor might prescribe to them might not work. Experts warn that there are already many strains of bacteria that no longer respond to antibiotics. Antibiotics have also  been found in vegetables grown in soil that was treated with animal manure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture funded a study in which scientists at the University of Minnesota found that corn, lettuce, and potatoes grown in soil that had been spread with animal manure containing the veterinary antibiotic sulfamethazine also contained the antibiotic. Sulfamethazine is regularly used to treat diseases caused by bacteria and advance growth in poultry, pigs, sheep, and cattle. As you may know, the more an antibiotic is used, the more the bacteria will become resistant to it. The American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Public Health Association, and the Union of Concerned Scientists have all taken a stance against giving antibiotics to animals that aren’t sick. This is a good start, but this practice continues today and we can only hope that this is seriously regulated, and hopefully eliminated, in the near future.

Best choice: Organic Food that is free from antibiotics (and that means not just “natural” and “free range”)

Question for you, mama: What effects do you think antibiotics (through the food) have on our children if they cause rapid growth in large animals?

Food products that come from animals who were treated with hormones:

These foods can have various negative effects on the human body. There are two hormones that are of most concern: the rBGH growth hormone (approved and massively used in animals since 1993) and the sex hormone estrogen (used since the 1950s). The rBGH hormone may raise the levels of another hormone, the insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which could mimic the effects of the human growth hormone in dangerous ways. High blood levels of IGF (despite what may cause it) has been linked with an increased risk of breast, prostate, and other cancers in humans beings. In a 2004 study, patients with above-average IGF levels had almost a 50% higher risk of prostate cancer and a 65% higher risk of hormone-dependent premenopausal breast cancer than people with below-average levels. On the other hand, the sex hormone estrogen (main sex hormone in women and essential to the menstrual cycle) has been associated with early puberty in children (boys and girls). In 2009 a study was done in Germany, at the Research Institute of Child Nutrition, that found that children who ate the most protein from non-organic animal sources (meat, cheese, milk, etc) entered puberty about seven months earlier than those who consumed the least.

Best choice: Organic animal products, because organic beef and dairy products certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) come with the guarantee that the cows were not treated with rBGH or sex hormones.

Question for you, mama: How do you feel about your young boys consuming loads of female sex hormones? What impact do you think it can have in both your boys and girls?

Synthetic Fertilizers:

Now let’s talk about foods that have been in contact with synthetic fertilizers. First of all, non-organic farmers use it because our soils are depleted of the minerals and nutrients it needs to produce a good harvest. Synthetic fertilizers are known to replenish only nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous in the poor quality soils of our country, while at the same time depleting other nutrients and minerals that are naturally found. Studies have proven that synthetic fertilizers kill a large percentage of soil’s naturally occurring microorganisms.

Best choice: Organic produce, because organic farmers DO NOT USE these synthetic fertilizers.Synthetic fertilizers are banned from USDA’s organic production standards, but are still massively used in conventional food production. Over 13 million tons of synthetic nitrogen were spread over American farmland in 2008 alone, covering about one-eighth of the continental land mass, according to the USDA.

Question for you, mama: Did you know that there are many alternatives to synthetic fertilizers? Do you know of any? I will go more into this question in a future post, but if you want to share info about this please leave your knowledge in the comment area. Thank you ♥

Pesticides:

Did you know that a commonly-used category of pesticides called organophosphates was initially developed as a toxic nerve agent during World War I? When they were not needed in warfare any longer, pesticide companies adapted them to kill pests on foods. Many pesticides are still considered neurotoxins, meaning that they have a direct toxic effect on our nervous system.

Best choice: Organic produce, simply because organic farmers who produce these foods DO NOT use pesticides. Not there at all. Sounds good to me.

Question for you, sweet mama: How do you feel about feeding your kids with foods that have a high probability of damaging their nervous system?

 

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one of many reasons for choosing organic foods

Organic Food is not Genetically Modified (non-GMO). What’s the big deal about that, you might ask?

First of all, GMOs are genetically engineered organisms in which a fragment of DNA from one species is incorporated into another. You might think that this only happens using plant species. Think again.

GMO plants have higher levels of estrogen: Glyphosate is applied to make crops resistant to weeds, which causes the estrogen level in the plants to significantly raise. Estrogen affects all mammals (that means US humans too), and our children are very susceptible to higher estrogen levels in their little bodies, which can have very negative effects in their health later on in life.

18% of all genetically-modified seeds (which includes the foods that grow from them) are engineered to produce their own pesticides. Research studies have shown that these seeds may continue producing pesticides inside your body once you’ve eaten the food grown from them. Scary stuff.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) recently released its position paper on Genetically Modified foods stating that “… GM foods pose a serious health risk”.(read more about that here)

NO research has shown that GMOs are safe: The only feeding study done with humans showed that GMOs survived inside the stomach of the people eating GMO food. No follow-up studies were done. The first “lifetime” feeding study published by French Scientists on September 19th, 2012, found, without a doubt, that GMO corn causes massive tumors, organ damage and early death in rats. (read Dr. Mercola’s report on this important discovery)

75% – 85% of all processed, non-organic foods contain GMOs. But you can’t avoid them because they aren’t labeled. (if you want to learn more about the fight to label foods that contain GMOs go HERE)

For a NON-GMO shopping guide go Non-GMO-Shopping-Guide.

 

organic apples

one of many reasons for choosing organic foods

Buying Organic helps our Environment

EPA (The US Environmental Protection Agency) has estimated that pesticides pollute the primary drinking source for half of the American population. Organic farming is the best solution to the problem. Buying organic helps reduce pollution in our drinking water. Organic methods of building soil fertility do much more than just increase yields. They, in addition, build up minerals and micronutrients for healthy, nutritious plants. Organic farmers protect their soil and local waterways through a variety of conservation practices.

 

Dear mama,

I hope this article has been useful to you and that you feel the need to do further research on this very important topic. After all, it directly affects our family. If you would like to contribute or just share your thought about this very important topic, PLEASE leave a comment bellow. Your opinion matters very much. Thanks for reading! ♥

Nayyan

 

Resources:

Mothers for Organic

Why Organic? by Organic Valley

The Health Wyze Report

The Huffington Post 

Dr. Joseph Mercola

 

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