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Why choose Organic?

“Our primary health care should begin on the farm and in our hearts, and not in some laboratory of the biotech and pharmaceutical companies.”
Gary Hopkins

You deserve your food to be just how Mother Nature intended it to be - Unadulterated by the unregulated use of harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers and ionising radiations. There has been unprecedented increase in cases of reported and researched health issues surfacing from consumption of food laden with pesticides and chemicals and consumption has been linked to increased risk of Breast Cancer in Women, other forms of cancers and Parkinson’s disease in adults and variety of ailments in children. In addition, research suggests that pregnant women, infants and young kids are especially susceptible to the toxic effects.

Below is summary of some recent research on impact of pesticides and harmful chemicals on health.

  • Negative health impact of pesticides:
    • Research by scientists at the Harvard University School of Public Health published in “Pediatrics" in June 2010 discovered that exposure to organophosphates may contribute to the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Children who switch to organic produce no longer have significant levels of organophosphates in their urine, according to research by scientists at Emory University published in "Environmental Health Perspectives" in April 2008.
    • 2, 4-D, Chlordane and Malathion - these three pesticides were associated with increased risk of breast cancer in a study of Latina women recently diagnosed with the disease. The risks were highest in young women and those diagnosed with breast cancer early in life
    • DDT - While DDT has largely been banned for agricultural use worldwide, it is still used in some countries including India for malaria control and shows up in humans and animals even where it has not been used for decades. Evidence continues to mount regarding DDT's health effects, including evidence that earlier exposures to the chemical may affect risk of breast cancer risk decades later. For example, laboratory studies have found that, in addition to being directly genotoxic or carcinogenic (Canales-Aguirre, 2011), the estrogen-like form of DDT enhances the growth of estrogen-receptor-positive (ER+) mammary tumors (Robison, 1985; Scribner, 1981; Uppala, 2005).This serves as a cautionary tale regarding our use of other pesticides without full safety data.
    • Exposure to a combination of the pesticide maneb and the herbicide paraquat increases risks of Parkinson’s disease, especially in young people, according to research by scientists at the University of California in Berkeley published in the "American Journal of Epidemiology" in April 2009
  • Health impact of preservatives:Manufacturers use preservatives such as nitrites and sulfites in processed foods to inhibit growth of microorganisms and increase shelf life. Yet these preservatives increase your health risk. Nitrites are common preservatives used in processed meats and fish to prevent bacterial growth. Your body converts nitrites to carcinogenic substances called nitrosamines
    • Research by Susanna Larsson at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm published in the "International Journal of Cancer" in August 2006 found that increased nitrosamine consumption from processed meat increases the risk of stomach cancer.
    • Sulfites used to preserve dried fruits, fruit juices, wine and beer may increase the risk of asthma attacks, according to the Cleveland Clinic
  • Health impact of artificial colours: The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group, reports that caramel coloring used in many popular cola soft drinks contains two chemicals called 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimadazole that cause cancers of the lungs, liver and thyroid and leukemia. Food colorings such as Yellow No. 5, 6 and10 and Red No. 40 can increase the risk of or exacerbate hyperactive behavior in children.

Bottom-line is that the negative health effects of food containing chemicals and harmful pesticides can be quite significant. Many researchers believe we are only seeing the top of an iceberg as far as health impact is concerned as research works done on the topics are only a recent phenomenon.

References

  • http://www.livestrong.com/article/497730-bad-effects-of-chemicals-in-our-food/
  • http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/environmental-breast-cancer-links/food/
  • "Pediatrics"; Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides; Maryse Bouchard, et al.; Jun 2010
  • "Environmental Health Perspectives"; Dietary Intake and Its Contribution to Longitudinal Organophosphorus Pesticide Exposure in Urban/Suburban Children; Chensheng Lu, et al.; Apr 2008
  • "American Journal of Epidemiology"; Parkinson's Disease and Residential Exposure to Maneb and Paraquat from Agricultural Applications in the Central Valley of California; Sadie Costello, et al.; Apr 15 2009
  • "International Journal of Cancer"; Processed Meat Consumption, Dietary Nitrosamines and Stomach Cancer Risk in a Cohort of Swedish Women; Susanna Larsson, et al.; Aug 15 2006
  • Center For Science in the Public Interest; Fda Urged to Prohibit Carcinogenic "Caramel Coloring"; February 16 2011