There are currently 9,700 agricultural toxins approved by the FDA for agricultural use. They are poisoning the insects, the weeds and our nations' soil and groundwater.
Organic farmers replace toxic chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers with different agricultural methods that improve soil fertility and biological diversity. They control weeds and insects with techniques such as crop rotation, cultivation, mulching, manure spreading, and beneficial preditor insects. Organic farms do not plant genetically engineered crops (GMO's). In addition, organic food processing has no preservaties or additives to degrade the quality of the crop.
Dr. Jon Dunn, Licensed Naturopathic Physician
Natural Health News
Recenty, the Food and Agricultural Organization reported that "organically produced foods have lower levels of pesticide and veterinary drug residues and, in many cases, lower nitrate contents...In addition, the organic label provides assurance to consumers that no food ingredient has been subject to irradiation and that GMO's (genetically modified organism) have been excluded".
According to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), federal produce tests show some fruits and vegetables are so likely to be contaminated with pesticides that you should always buy them organic. Others are so consistently clean that you can eat them with less concern. The OCA website has a Shoppers Guide to tell which is which. It's called the Dirty Dozen list.
What's Good about Organic?
No synthetic pesticides
No synthetic herbicides
No GMO ingredients
Nutrient rich soil
Less soil erosion
Less groundwater pollution
Improved farm biodiversity
The Dirty Dozen
Federal testing data found peaches and apples topped the Dirty Dozen list. Almost 97 percent of peaches tested positive for pesticides, and almost 87 percent had two or more pesticide residues. About 92 percent of apples tested positive, and 79 percent had two or more pesticides. The rest of the Dirty Dozen include sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes.
Onions, avocados, and sweet corn headed the Consistently Clean list. For all three foods, more than 90 percent of the samples tested had no detectable pesticide residues. Others on the Consistently Clean list include pineapples, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, and papaya.
Even though many health statistics have been improving over the past few decades, a few illnesses are rising mysteriously. From the early 1980s through the late 1990s, autism increased tenfold; from the early 1970s through the mid-1990s, one type of leukemia was up 62 percent, male birth defects doubled, and childhood brain cancer was up 40 percent. Some experts suspect a link to the man-made chemicals that pervade our food, water, and air. There's little firm evidence. But over the years, one chemical after another that was thought to be harmless turned out otherwise once the facts were in.
There is evidence that eating nutritionally sound food will help all the major bodily functions as well as mental and emotional. Many people have been cured of 'non-curable' cancer by using the Gerson diet, which includes eating only organic foods. For additional information on this diet, go to www.gerson.org.
Local Organic Produce
Several markets are increasingly aware of the advantages of organic produce. They include Henry's and Jimbo's. An alternative is Be Wise Ranch, a community supported agriculture program. They deliver fresh, seasonally available boxes of produce weekly to locations in the North County area. This provides a convenient method of obtaining fresh organic vegetables as well as supports the local organic farming community. For more information on Be Wise Ranch, see bewiseranch.com.