February 3, 2014
The Truth about Non-Organic Foods
In today’s society, an individual can go into the grocery store to pick up some “fresh” lettuce and garnishing’s for a salad and think that they are doing something good for both them self and for the environment. This same person will likely purchase low calorie snacks, sugar free desserts, and perhaps even Splenda and then live under the misconception that they are in fact eating a “healthy” diet. Yet, within the so-called fresh salad and the other products mentioned above, are little secrets; secrets that most food sellers don’t want consumers to know. In fact, these types of products are what are commonly referred to as non-organic. Non-organic foods include chemicals and fertilizers and can be defined as deprived of living. As opposed to organic foods which are foods produced by using organic farming. Here, the word organic refers to the way the farmers grow and process these agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conversation and reduce pollution. Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don't use conventional methods to fertilize, or to control weeds and prevent livestock disease. For example, rather than using chemical weed killers, organic farmers may conduct more sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch to keep seeds at bay. There are, of course many supporters of nonorganic food, who argue that there is little difference between non organic and organic food. According to a recent 2012 study conducted at Harvard University, "eating organic fruits and vegetables may lower exposure to pesticides, however the amount measured from non-organic foods is still within safety limits, making it safe and still healthy for consumers to eat non organic products” (47). However, there are a growing number of critics of nonorganic food, who argue that nonorganic produce contain a larger amount of pesticides and chemicals that have been linked to cancer, problems with pregnancy, and development issues in children. These critics also argue that non organic produce have been found to contain a lot less nutrition when compared to organic produces. It seems clear after a careful consideration of all the issues that nonorganic foods are, in fact, harmful to the body.
The most harmful aspect of nonorganic foods is the presence of chemicals, many of
which are linked to cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Non organic foods are full of
preservatives, pesticides, and chemicals proven to cause cancer. Pesticides are classified as a
toxin, which means that they kill living things. These toxins are often sprayed on the
nonorganic foods available in the marketplace. The problem with these toxins is the large
amount of health problems they have been linked to. In terms of current scientific data, it is
becoming clear that these types of these toxins do in fact cause Cancer and other life
threatening diseases. Indeed, the Breast Cancer Awareness Society in
Birmingham, Alabama alerts consumers about the link between pesticides and cancer:
"Pesticides sprayed on Crops, antibiotics used on poultry, and hormones injected into cattle,
sheep and hogs expose Consumers involuntarily to contaminants that become part of our bodies.
Some of these exposures our found to increase breast cancer risk." (#) In addition, the
chemicals associated with nonorganic foods are also linked to a wide range of human health
hazards, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic effects like
cancer, reproductive issues and endocrine disruption and even acute dangers, such as nerve, and
eye irritation, as well as headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and systemic poisoning. The...
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