Is Going Organic Really Worth It?

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We’ve all heard about how superior “going organic” is to sticking with a heavily-processed diet. But just what is so awesome about organic food? According to one recent study from Stanford University, organic foods might not be as healthy as we all thought.

Regardless, critics of the research believe the study doesn’t properly address the massive amounts of public health benefits organic food provides. “The study highlighted the lack of nutritional differences between organic and conventional foods. We think this is a misleading framework for evaluating the benefits of organic foods,” says Sonya Lunder, senior research analyst at Environmental Working Group. “The nutritional component is not the reason most consumers choose organic.”

More specifically, let’s look at the pesticides non-organic foods are carrying around today.

Non-Organic Food: Pesticides

Though a supplemental point of the Stanford study, researchers did say that organic food contained decreased levels of pesticide residues– which could help protect children from contracting autism and ADHD, previous research indicates. The United States Department of Agriculture has also consistently found pesticide residues that aren’t safe for children on conventionally grown produce samples, like blueberries, peaches, plums, pears, apples, grapes, strawberries, and even raisins. “Parents don’t want their children to serve as human guinea pigs for chemical corporations,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, director of farm and food policy for organic group The Cornucopia Institute.

In truth, consuming organic foods means experiencing a monumental decrease in disease-causing pesticides floating around in your body. “The enormous benefit of eating organic produce is that it reduces pesticide exposure by 90 percent. This has been proven in studies conducted at Harvard, the University of Washington, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” declares pediatrician Phil Landrigan, MD, professor and chair of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “Reduction of exposure to pesticides reduces risk of neurological injury and certain cancers. I advise my patients to choose organic whenever possible.”

 

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