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Are Organic Foods Safer?


The established principles of organic farming are “health, ecology, fairness and care”.

However, if you ask people why they buy organic food, the strongest indicator was concern about their own health or about the health of their family members. People can spend more on organic food for selfish, rather than altruistic reasons.

Although organic foods may not contain more nutrients per unit currency, their consumption can reduce the rate of exposure, residues of pesticides and bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

In general, no risk was identified from a food safety point of view. Contamination by bacteria causing food poisoning, Both organic and conventional animal products were commonly contaminated eg, salmonella or Campylobacter. Most chicken samples were found to be contaminated either Campylobacter or about one-third salmonella, But the risk of exposure to multidrug-resistant bacteria resistant to multiple groups of antibiotics was lower in organic meat, So both can carry a similar risk of getting sick, but food poisoning from biomass. It may be easier for the doctor to cure And what about pesticides?

There is ample evidence of a connection between exposure to pesticides and increased rates of chronic diseases such as various types of cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, and ALS, as well as birth defects and reproductive disorders.

However, this is about people who live or work with pesticides, For example the Salinas Valley in California, where they spray a quarter of a million kilograms. If a woman dares to get pregnant in such an agricultural community, it can impair the development of a child’s brain, so much so that pregnant women who had the highest levels in their bodies, measured according to urine samples children with an average deficit of around 7 IQ points, were born. 26 of the 27 studies showed negative effects of pesticides on the development of children’s brains. These were problems with attention, developmental disorders and short-term memory problems.

If you compare newborns to those they had in the umbilical cord higher levels of a common insecticide in the blood, then those that have been exposed to higher levels were born with brain anomalies and they were children from the city.

So it was probably caused by pesticides used in households.

Exposure of the population to pesticides such as the use of insecticides inside your home, it can be a contributing factor for various cancers, such as childhood, leukemia, This suggests that the population has increased awareness, that pesticides have a potentially negative impact on the health of their children. Although I can’t imagine most agricultural workers having too much choice. Pregnant women working on farms are twice as likely to that their child will get leukemia And the risk of developing brain tumors is increasing.

So traditional crops can be harmful for pregnant women who harvest them But what about our own family when we eat them Spraying pesticides on crops in the fields? It does not necessarily mean that it will end up in our body when we eat these crops, So at least we didn’t know until this study was published in 2006, Researchers measured the levels of two pesticides occurring in the bodies of children by measuring specific degradation products Of pesticides in their urine Here is the level of pesticides circulating through the body, children aged 3 to 11 years in a few days on a regular diet. Then they changed their diet to organic for 5 days and then again on a normal diet. It is clear that organic foods provide dramatic and immediate protective effect against exposure to pesticides commonly used in agricultural production. The study was subsequently expanded.

Can you guess, in which case the children ate organic food You don’t even need the markers in the chart to answer, But what about adults It wasn’t known. …

Until now, Thirteen men and women ate seven days of food, consisting of either at least 80 % organic food or conventional food.

Then their eating plans were changed. There were no surprises During the week, mostly on organic food. Pesticide exposure has been significantly reduced. So not just a little bit! There was an almost 90 % decrease in exposure, So it can be stated that the consumption of organic food provides protection against pesticides, but does it also mean protection against disease?

We don’t know, studies just haven’t been done yet, However, until then, it makes consumption of organic food a logical, preventive approach.

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