What Price Do You Put On Your Health?
Pesticides are used by farmers on produce to eliminate the population of insects, pests and vermin that feed on their crops and to reduce the risks of contamination from bacteria and fungus.
Despite assurances from governing bodies that food grown with pesticides are safe to eat, should you take the risk?
A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control showed the metabolites for the insecticide chlorpyrifos were found in 93% of the sample population that was tested.
WhatsOnMyFood.org reports the following on food treated with pesticides:
- 54 different pesticides; 5 of which are linked to cancer, were found on spinach;
- Among baby foods, peach and pears contained the highest number of pesticides at 22 and 26 respectively;
- 47 toxic residues were found on apples; 16 of which are known hormone disruptors.
If you believe washing will remove the pesticides, think again.
Pesticides used on produce are referred to as “systemic”, which means the chemicals go through the roots and distributed throughout the plant. Washing will not remove pesticides.
The alternative to pesticide-laced food is organic food.
Organic foods are grown without the use of pesticides. They are produced according to standards consistent with organic farming.
Examples of organic farming techniques include the use of natural fertilisers and crop rotation to control the growth of weeds.
Additionally, organic foods are not processed with irradiation, industrial solvents or synthetic additives.
What are the benefits of eating organic food?
1. Eliminates intake of chemicals found in food pesticides and which have been linked to cancer and other diseases.
2. Protect your environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, preserve soil quality and conserve water.
3. Improved health and general body function – maintaining the body’s delicate balance of hormones, organ function and elimination of toxins (without adding more toxins into the body)
Organic food is more expensive because organic farming practices are costlier than ‘factory farming’.
If you’re prepared to put ‘premium unleaded’ fuel in your car to ensure it runs better, why not do the same with your body?
Should you make the shift to organic food?
The question is “How important is your health?”
Even if organic food costs a bit more than pesticide-laden foods, you are investing to preserve your health for a better life in both the present and future.
You may save money by consuming pesticide-laden foods but your cost savings can easily be wiped out with a prolonged stay at the hospital due to health issues.
You can trade in your car, but you only get one body… look after it!