Tastes better, has lots more goodness, fewer pesticides and herbicides
and other toxic chemicals but is it really any better than the one on a
shelf in the supermarket costing almost half the price???
Yes definitely - We
knew it all along time despite what the food industry was telling us --
Organic Food is more
Nutritious. The food lobby strongly denies that there are
more vitamis, minerals and nutrients in organic food. This is patently
nonsense. Not only are the common minerals such as magnesium and
calcium more plentiful but so are the less common trace elements. No
credible research has been done to prove the food industry's
assertions, but healthier, more attentive adults and children are the
obvious result of going organic.
People Who Eat Organic
Food are Healthier Government sponsored research carried out
in the European Union in 2007 has shown a reduction of almost 40% in
the incidence of eczema in children fed with organically grown food.
The Danes banned hydrogenated fats several years ago and since then
have had a reduction of deaths due to heart disease by a similar
amount. The 40% reduction in deaths is due to several factors but other
countries who have imroved living conditions in a similar manner have
not experienced such dramatic improvements. Eating wholefoods has been
proven to stabilize body weight. It makes sense that the body, if fed
nutritionally deficient food will demand more of it to compensate for
the lack of nutrients.
Problems. I and many others suffer from migraine attacks and I
became aware in my teens that certain foods brought it on. Examining
the food packets after an episode taught me to avoid monosodium
glutamate. Now I read advice on the internet from trusted sources
saying the same thing. Monosodium Glutamate is also considered by some
to be a neurotoxin.
A UK Government standards
organization conducted research that proved what many parents already
know; that some additives cause hyperactivity in children.
means Healthy People. Animals that are not pumped full of
antibiotics, steroids and toxin-containing feedstocks produce better
quality meat, with up to ten times as much Omega 3 fatty acids which
are essential to mental and general health. The meat of organic, free
range chickens is considerably lower in fat which is a very good thing
with those living the western lifestyle.
Antibiotics from low grade
meat is creating a problem in that both the bacteria affecting
livestock and humans are developing antibiotic resistances.
The kind of farmers who
produce organic food are generally those who attempt to keep their
livestock happier as well as healthier. The majority of the Martin
household are not yet vegetarian but we do prefer to eat animals that
have had a reasonably pain and anxiety-free existence.
Pesticides are Poisons. It is pretty obvious that the insects
and plants that we are killing respond to the toxicity of certain
chemicals. Are those substances harmless to humans? Definitely harmless
say the producers, but not everyone agrees, even when relatively modest
amounts of independent research is done on the harmful effects of
agrochemicals then we see that the picture presented by the
manufacturers is flawed or sometimes downright dishonest. Such research
recently forced the chemical giant Monsanto to remove the description
'Biodegradeable' from their 'Roundup' herbicide, the chemical that
justifies the production of their genetically modified maize. Organic
farmers very rarely spray their crops and only four types are approved
compared with the hundreds of types in use.
So far there is no conclusive
scientific evidence that there is a correlation between the dramatic
drop in human fertility over the past two decades and pesticide use,
but the cause of this must be something in our environment and the main
suspect has to be an agrochemical. The food industry must not be
allowed to monopolize scientific research into the safety of our food.
Other advantages of
Organic Farming. Better performance in drought years, a
reduced dependence on imported nitrogenous fertilizers,
28 2007 (Xinhua) -- A study into organic food has found that
it is more nutritious than ordinary produce and may help to lengthen
An EU-funded project that
cost 12 million pounds (some 24 million U.S. dollars) showed that
organic fruit and vegetables contain as much as 40 percent more antioxidants, which are
believed to help fend off cancer and heart disease. They also contain
more beneficial minerals such as iron and zinc, the Sunday Times
Researchers grew fruit and
vegetables and raised cattle on adjacent organic and non-organic sites
on a 725-acre (about 290 hectare) farm attached to Newcastle
University, and at other sites in Europe. They found that levels of
antioxidants in milk from organic herds were
up to 90 percent higher than those from conventional herds.
Organic tomatoes from Greece
were also found to have significantly higher levels of antioxidants,
including flavonoids, thought to reduce coronary heart disease, said
Prof. Carlo Leifert,
coordinator of the four-year project, said the differences were so
marked that organic produce would help to increase the nutrient intake
of those people not eating the recommended five portions a day of fruit
The Food Standards Agency
confirmed over the weekend that it was reviewing the evidence before
deciding whether to change its advice. British ministers and the agency
said earlier that there were no significant differences between organic
and ordinary produce. - - China View
We in the developed word
(Japanese partially excepted) are simultaneously overfed and
undernourished. An answer is to this is not use additives but to go
organic. Food produced in rich soils contains considerably more
antioxidants, bioflavonoids and other useful nutrients. According to
Association it takes as many as ten supermarket tomatoes
to deliver the goodness of just one 1930s tomato. - Davina Martin
Update Nov 2009 - Junk
Food Fuels Depression; according to a study published in the
British Journal of Psychiatry, there is a 58 percent higher risk of
depression if you eat processed foods, refined sugars and grains,
processed meats and dairy products with a high-fat content.