Last month, Stanford University scientists announced that organic fruits and vegetables are no more nutritious than non-organic fruits and vegetables. Both organic and non-organic produce include the same nutrients.
Non-organic food also is a fantastic way to expose yourself – and your family – to two harmful things: pesticides and genetically modified organisms.
Herbicides and pesticides
Like many other chemicals, herbicides and pesticides build up in humans as a body burden. Humans (and animals) are exposed to the toxic chemicals through contaminated ground water, public water systems, and contaminated air caused by drifting fumes.
Once the toxins start accumulating, they may cause a host of health problems, including:
- Adrenal gland damage;
- Attention Deficit Disorder;
- Birth defects, including spina bifida;
- Blurred vision;
- Burning or itching skin;
- Damaged neurons;
- Disrupted sex hormones;
- Eye irritation;
- Genetic damage;
- Heart congestion;
- Kidney damage;
- Low blood pressure;
- Lung damage;
- Muscle damage;
- Nose bleeds;
- Respiratory difficulties;
- Reproductive health problems;
- Skin rashes;
- Sore throat;
- Weight loss.
While all non-organic food sold in the United States can contain GMOs, no testing has been done to investigate the health or environmental impacts of consuming food that has cross-species gene splicing. Keep in mind, food containing GMOs isn’t required to be labeled as such. And, GMOs are illegal in many countries throughout the world. But if you’re trying to hurt yourself, your family, and your environment, does it matter?Photo credit
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