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Is organic food healthier than conventional food? 5

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  • Valerie B. 3 months ago
    more and more glass and plastic containers come with plastic film labels & covers instead of paper labels. Should we remove film labels prior to throwing into recycling bin?
  • ALEX R. 3 months ago
    A 2009 meta-analysis (a study of other studies) said there was no nutrient difference in organic versus conventional foods. But that was one of the first major studies focusing on organic food – since then, we’ve had more and more researchers analyzing the situation… but they came up with similar results. A 2012 study found slightly higher phosphorus levels in the organic produce, and a 2014 study found higher antioxidant levels and lower cadmium levels in organic food. Those are good things, but the differences weren’t spectacular, and certainly don’t justify the price difference.

    In 2012, another massive meta-analysis was published. A Stanford team analyzed 240 studies: 17 comparing populations consuming organic and conventional diets, and 223 studies that compared either the nutrient levels or the bacterial, fungal or pesticide contamination of various products (fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, milk, poultry, and eggs) grown organically and conventionally. They report little significant difference in health benefits between organic and conventional foods, as well as no consistent differences in the vitamin content of organic products. In fact, only one nutrient (again, phosphorous) was significantly higher in organic versus conventionally grown produce. Protein and fat content were also similar, although a significant difference was reported in organic milk, which contained higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • ALEX R. 3 months ago
    Organic foods may have higher nutritional value than conventional food, according to some research. The reason: In the absence of pesticides and fertilizers, plants boost their production of the phytochemicals (vitamins and antioxidants) that strengthen their resistance to bugs and weeds. Some studies have linked pesticides in our food to everything from headaches to cancer to birth defects — but many experts maintain that the levels in conventional food are safe for most healthy adults. Even low-level pesticide exposure, however, can be significantly more toxic for fetuses and children (due to their less-developed immune systems) and for pregnant women (it puts added strain on their already taxed organs), according to a report by the National Academy of Sciences.

    Pesticide contamination isn't as much of a concern in meats and dairy products (animals may consume some pesticides, depending on their diet), but many scientists are concerned about the antibiotics being given to most farm animals: Many are the same antibiotics humans rely on, and overuse of these drugs has already enabled bacteria to develop resistance to them, rendering them less effective in fighting infection, says Chuck Benbrook, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Organic Center, a nonprofit research organization.
  • AJ C. 4 months ago
    Healthier for ... ? If you insert farm workers, then the answer is absolutely yes.
  • Laura L. 4 months ago
    Actually there is clear science showing that organic food is much healthier than conventional (or GMO, pesticide/herbicide) food. For 2 main reasons: 1-nutrition content, and 2-levels of dangerous chemicals. A scientist that was employed by Monsanto Canada for 20 years did a Ted talk about how after retiring he went over his own lab's data on GMOs and pesticide/herbicide use and on the data done by independent laboratories across the world. What he found and he describes in detail with data from scientific lab tests that is supported by many different independent laboratories, is that the use of Roundup and similar chemicals causes food to lose their minerals, and the longer shelf-life of this food causes it to lose most of the vitamins before or shortly after getting to the consumer. For those that don't know, yes vitamins do degrade over time, and as soon as the food is picked the levels of vitamins steadily decline, and if heated the vitamins degrade more rapidly. The reason why the food is low in minerals is because the Roundup chemicals are designed to choke weeds and pests by changing the membranes of their body in a way that causes them to lose all their minerals and then they die as a result. GMO foods are Roundup (and similar chemicals) RESISTANT, which means they still lose most of their minerals but they have been engineered to somehow be able to continue to stay alive and look perfect with no minerals in their bodies. So myth busted, GMO foods are not healthier and neither are food grown with commercial pesticides and herbicides.
    • Laura L. 4 months ago
      There is also a ton of science showing that the chemicals used in commercial agriculture are not only poisonous to the person that comes into direct contact with them, but they are able to be passed down through generations even without direct contact by next generations. There was a court case about farmers near by home in Plant City, Florida and the farmers were able to prove that their wives who washed the clothing of the workers who sprayed the pesticides were poisoned by the pesticides, and when they later became pregnant the pesticides went into the umbilical cord and were transferred to the babies, who were born with SEVERE birth defects such as missing or malformed limbs, and one baby was born with no brain, just a brain stem and body. The company that did not provide the workers with proper safety gear and did not warn the families of the workers of the risks were ordered to pay restitution and medical bills.
    • Laura L. 4 months ago
      However, the chemicals used were not banned and are still in use today. Eating the food with the chemicals on it and in it (the list of the Dirty Dozen shows some of the top foods that absorb the most chemicals according to multiple independent research studies that are updated every year), exposes people to much lower levels of the chemicals than the workers that breathed it in and touched it, however levels of those chemicals are still found in people's bodies and in babies that are not yet eating foods, only drinking breast milk or formula. So it has been scientifically proven that those chemicals are poisonous to humans--most often causing neurological illnesses and migraines, and it has been scientifically proven again and again that those poisons are passed down to children born to people who ate even tiny amounts of the chemicals, not just the women, but the men (through the sperm) as well. Anyone who works with these chemicals have certain rare forms of cancer known to be caused by the pesticides. But this is a billion-dollar pesticide industry with the best lawyers, trillion-dollar industry worldwide, and they have teams of lawyers and political lobbyists that work daily to make sure these chemicals are not banned and the science is not talked about. But even with that, Roundup has been banned, as well as the company that made it-Monsanto by many nations in Europe.
    • Laura L. 3 months ago
      http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-employee-admits-an-entire-department-exists-to-discredit-scientists/
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