Organic family farm ruined by herbicide drift: A case study (and warning for humanity)


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Herbicide drift continues to plague millions of acres of American crops, and the experience of one Missouri organic family-run farm shows just how devastating this problem can be.

Vesterbrook Farm has been in Carol Brabo’s family for almost a century. Fed up with the prices of organic foods at stores like Whole Foods, she and her husband, Mike, decided to start working the farm in 2008 after he survived thyroid cancer.

Thankfully, it was easy to convert the farm to organic because nothing had been growing on it for the previous 15 years. The farm, which is situated an hour north of St. Louis in Clarksville, quickly began to thrive. On the 24 acres at their disposal, the Brabos planted more than 60 vegetables, including asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, kale, squash, broccoli, spinach, lettuce and beets. They also planted an orchard that boasts fruits like cherries, plums, peaches and apples.

The Brabos sell their crops to their 150-member-strong community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. They say that people in the area find it difficult to obtain organic food due to a general lack of organic farms in the area, which could explain why their sales were rising steadily by around 10 percent per year. Quite interestingly, some of the members of the CSA buying these organic fruits and vegetables work for Monsanto.

Last year, however, things took an ugly turn when wind blew herbicides that a conventional farmer on a neighboring property had sprayed on his soybean field. A devastated Mike reports that the damage caused by the herbicide drift was widespread, encompassing a 500-yard swath of property and hurting crops like potatoes, basil, fruit trees, and peppers – even ornamental trees. This was despite the Brabos posting signs that say “Organic Farm, No Spray” and registering with a communication tool called DriftWatch which uses mapping programs to help farmers and pesticide applicators avoid damaging specialty crops.

Three years and $1.6 million needed to repair damage

Tests showed that the herbicides that caused the damage were metolachlor, clethodim, and glufosinate. The issue saw their Certified Naturally Grown certification suspended, and it will take three years and $1.6 million to fix the damage and regain their certification. They’ll be planting cover crops and replenishing their soil with mycorrhizal fungi and beneficial bacteria as part of their efforts to become organic once again.

Mike says the total loss incurred by his farm is $300,000, $12,000 of which is related to the death of half the farm’s bees. While they could technically start selling their vegetables as conventional, Mike is concerned they could sicken someone because of the herbicides. As a cancer survivor himself, he said that he does not want to inflict that type of damage on anyone else.

The Brabos are currently working with lawyers to reach a settlement with the other farmer’s insurance company, but in the meantime, they are out of business and without their income. The worst-case scenario Mike says, is that they will lose their family farm.

Unfortunately, this is becoming an all-too-familiar story across the nation. While this particular case doesn’t appear to involve Dicamba, this noxious chemical has been wreaking havoc on many farms given its high volatility and tendency to spread with the wind. Known as dicamba drift, the issue is causing farmers to lose huge percentages of their yields, and federal crop insurance won’t cover the damage because it’s not considered a natural disaster. Small family farms are feeling the biggest impact of this problem, and as the Vesterbrook Farm case illustrates, it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to bounce back after a spray drift incident.

Sources for this article include:

EcoWatch.com

NaturalNews.com

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Clean your house naturally with ‘The Modern Organic Home’

Using just a few key ingredients, this book can teach you how to scour everything from dirty ovens to leather boots to ceiling fans.

The Internet abounds with recipes for homemade cleaning products, but sometimes it’s nice just to have everything in one place. A new book called The Modern Organic Home: Recipes and Tips for Cleaning and Detoxing Your Home is what every green housekeeper should have. Written by Natalie Wise, who must have one heck of a spotless house, the book is a treasure-trove of cleaning recipes.

Wise’s eco-friendly cleaning journey began when she had allergic reactions to many conventional cleaners. That’s when she discovered how many of them contain toxic ingredients. After switching to green cleaners, she grew frustrated with how ineffective they were, and how she often had to “clean up after the cleaning products.”

Eventually, in an effort to cut down on costs, Wise began making her own cleaning products. That’s when she discovered that thorough cleaning really only requires a few basic ingredients: white vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap to start. In the introduction, Wise writes:

“Making my own cleaning products invested me in the cleaning process. It invested me in the health of my own home and self. I’ll be honest my interest was also partly monetary and partly, well, vain. A bottle of the standard tub-cleaning solution is nearly $6 these days, with the commercial organic version more than that. With an initial investment, you can keep your home clean for very little. Traditional chemical cleaners come in garish containers with warning labels all over them. I prefer a small tote full of natural ingredients in glass bottles and shakers, which looks clean and calm.”

The book is divided into chapters for each room of the house. Each chapter includes recommended steps for purging, cleaning, and organizing (a lite version of the decluttering, minimalist books I’ve reviewed before), followed by room-specific recipes.

As expected, DIY recipes tend to be repetitive because they contain many of the same ingredients, just in different quantities depending on what their job is. There are all the usual all-purpose countertop cleaners, microwave and oven cleaners, glass cleaner, scummy sink and shower scrubbers, and toilet bowl cleaner.

But Wise goes above and beyond with a bunch of unexpected recipes. Have you ever wondered how to revive wooden spoons? Try her “Wonder Wax”! Or restore copper pots’ shininess with ketchup, of all things. Use aluminium foil to get rust off bathroom faucets and make a refrigerator shiny again with a dash of olive oil.

She gives detailed cleaning instructions for random household objects, such as kids’ icky lunch bags, backpacks, running shoes, and stuffed animals. Readers will learn how to clean everything from computer screens to lampshades to makeup brushes. There’s an entire section on removing stains of all kinds. In other words, when this book says it’s about the entire Modern Organic Home, it really is.

Perhaps the best thing about Wise’s book is that it’s inspiring. It has certainly infected me with the spring cleaning bug and makes me want to get to work immediately.

The Modern Organic Home: Recipes and Tips for Cleaning and Detoxing Your Home (Skyhorse, 2018) is available on Amazon, $16

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Globalist propaganda rag NEWSWEEK runs Monsanto-style hit piece on organic food, authored by discredited propagandist Henry Miller


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An anti-organic food, pro-GMO opinion piece in Newsweek allegedly has the Monsanto’s fingerprints on it.

In the Op-Ed that accuses the organic food “campaign” of being a “deceitful, expensive scam,” the author, Dr. Henry I. Miller, claims that organic farming uses pesticides and that this form of agriculture is wasteful to farmland and water resources. Among other things, he also asserts that the organic/natural food industry spends billions “to disparage modern farming methods” to increase sales of expensive and inferior products.

According to EcoWatch, Miller allegedly has or had a business relationship with Monsanto and other corporations “that need help convincing the public their products aren’t dangerous and don’t need to be regulated.” Eco Watch claims that Miller, who is a fellow at the Hoover Institution think tank at Stanford University, relied on pesticide industry sources for his assertions that organic farming harms the environment more than conventional farming and that the organic industry spent $2.5 billion in its campaign against GMO foods. His article originally appeared on the Hoover Institution website with the title “The Organic Food Hoax,” and as of this writing, has prompted 100-plus, mostly negative, responses.

“[A]ll fingers point back to the agrichemical corporations that will lose the most if consumer demand continues to rise for foods free of GMOs and pesticides,” EcoWatch added.

As Natural News has previously explained, a 2015 pro-glyphosate article under Miller’s byline published on the Forbes.com website was apparently ghostwritten by Monsanto. The article came after a report from International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), indicated that glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in the Roundup weedkiller, is a probable human carcinogen. The behind-the-scenes origin of the Miller/Monsanto-crafted rebuttal surfaced in the so-called Monsanto Papers made up of documents unsealed during litigation in the summer of 2017.

The New York Times reported in August 2017 that Forbes scrubbed the article from its website and ended its relationship with Miller because its contributor agreement requires writers to disclose potential conflicts of interest and to submit original content only.

Natural News founding editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, wrote last year that Miller, who worked as a medical researcher for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for 15 years, is a longtime propagandist for the GMO industry and a shill for Monsanto. TruthWiki.org notes that Miller previously helped found a tobacco industry front group and also tried to discredit Dr. Oz after the TV host discussed the harmful effects of Roundup and glyphosate on a 2015 broadcast.

Along these lines, Mike Adams has separately insisted that glyphosate and GMOs are a package deal promoted by the fake stream media, compromised science shills, and Monsanto-funded trolls, derisively known as the Monsanto mafia, that seek to discredit clean food activists. Over the next five years, the projection for glyphosate’s global market is said to total $10 billion. (Related: Read more about glyphosate and Roundup at Monsanto.news.)

Parenthetically, outside of dentists’ waiting rooms (and even that might be a stretch), many Americans are probably unaware that Newsweek magazine — either the print or digital version — still exists. A quick scan of its Twitter feed looks like the news outlet has made a CNN-like business decision to go all-in on anti-Donald Trump clickbait. Last November, for example, Newsweek published an article online suggesting that President Trump and murderer Charles Manson used similar language to attract followers. After Donald Trump Jr. took exception to that form of “journalism” via social media, Newsweek deleted all references to the president, while adding a note that it made the revisions because the story fell short of its “editorial standards.” The explanation didn’t address how the article made it through the editorial process in the first place, however.

Sources include:

Newsweek.com

EcoWatch.com

NYTimes.com

TruthWiki.org

Inquisitr.com

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Organic food isn’t just better for you – it tastes better too

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The organic food industry has been booming for more than a decade — and the market shows no signs of slowing down. In June 2017, reports showed that sales of organic products had doubled since 2007, with totals reaching upwards of $47 billion. And there’s plenty of good reasons why the market for organic goods continues to grow: Not only is organic food better for you, consumers say it tastes better, too.

Lecturer Dr. Adelina Gschwandtner from the School of Economics at the University of Kent recently surveyed organic purchasing habits in Canterbury, England. Data was collected from over 100 survey respondents and the results showed that two factors seemed to provide the strongest motivation to go organic: Better taste, and better health. Some respondents also cited the environmentally friendly nature of organic foods, as well as concerns about animal welfare, as motivators for their organic purchasing habits.

While proponents of the GMO-laden, pesticide-ridden “conventional” food industries are quick to dismiss the desire for organic produce as nothing more than a misleading fad, numerous studies have shown that there are clear health benefits to be had from organic foods.

Last year, a massive review of over 200 scientific studies concluded that there were substantial differences in nutrient content in dairy products and meat — differences which were contingent upon whether or not the products were being produced organically or with more industrial practices.

The science showed that organic dairy products and meats boasted significantly higher levels of valuable omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, it was shown that organic animal products contained up to 46 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional, factory-farmed animal products. And the benefits don’t end there: The researchers also noted that organic dairy and meats showcased higher levels of vitamin E and iron, too.

Even back in 2014, studies were clearly indicating that organic foods boast an array of health benefits that so-called “conventional” foods can’t touch. A peer-reviewed study, led by the European Union and the Sheepdrove Trust, looked at 343 different studies of the differences between organic and conventionally grown produce. A team of international researchers published the study three years ago in the British Journal of Nutrition. 

Ultimately, the team found that organic fruits and vegetables boasted many times more antioxidants and nutrients than conventionally raised produce. The differences in antioxidant content ranged from 19 to 69 percent more in organic foods than conventional — so much that the extra antioxidants in organic produce could essentially equate to one or two extra servings per day. The researchers contended “and would therefore be significant and meaningful in terms of human nutrition, if information linking these [compounds] to the health benefits associated with increased fruit, vegetable and whole grain consumption is confirmed.”

Of course, the benefits of organically grown produce don’t end with their higher nutrient content; there are still pesticides and other agrochemicals to contend with. The research team noted that conventionally produced fruits and vegetables were four times more likely to have pesticide residue than their organic cohorts. Further, conventional produce was significantly more likely to be contaminated with the heavy metal cadmium.

As usual, the notion that organic foods are actually better for you has been consistently dismissed or undermined by the mainstream media and industry shills. But is it really that hard to believe that food is better for you when it isn’t slathered in toxic chemicals? [Related: Learn more about the amazing health benefits of organic foods at Organics.news]

Sources for this article include:

Kent.ac.uk

NaturalNews.com

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How Organic Transit’s ELF solar-trike hybrid was born

It’s been a while since we posted about Organic Transit’s ELF—the solar-pedal hybrid which so impressed Lloyd when he visited their factory. It’s also been a while since we looked in on Kirsten Dirksen and Fair Companies, the folks whose videos on tiny houses, off-grid living, and all things sustainably simple we’ve posted on so often.

So it was a happy surprise to see that Fair Companies had visited Organic Transit. (Although I’m a little made they didn’t call in for a beer while they were in town.)

From its ultra-lightweight construction to its relative protection when hit by a car, much of the video below covers ground already discussed in other posts about the ELF. Still, I always love seeing this vehicle in action. And it’s nice to hear a bit more on Rob’s background in designing human-powered vehicles since the Seventies.

organic transit human powered racer photo© Organic Transit

Even as someone who now (sometimes) drives a plug-in hybrid minivan, I’m a firm believer in the idea that the world would be a better place if we all had access to lighter, ultra-efficient vehicles that met the majority of our daily needs.

Bike share schemes like the one that launched Monday here in Durham—and which I’m about to go test out now—get us part of the way there. But it sure would be nice if there was a communal ELF on every neighborhood street corner too…

Anyhow, check it out. All of these people do very good work.

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Urb Apothecary nourishes skin with organic botanical-infused products

From facial masks and serums to hair pomades and beard oil, these formulas from California will leave you feeling beautiful and healthy.

Urb Apothecary is a California-based skincare company that makes high-quality, organic products. From body butters and facial cleansers to charcoal masks and skin serums, the product line is interesting and diverse, made with ingredients that are recognizable and safe. The purpose of these products is to nourish and feed the body, while harnessing the power of botanicals.

Urb’s founder, Leyna Alldred, has long been fascinated by the natural world. She grew up in rural northern California, climbing trees, playing in the mud, and dreaming of living off the land, so developing an interest in the medicinal qualities of plants seemed like a natural development later in life. She “bought every herbal book she could find, completely engrossed in the simple recipes for liver tonics, healing ointments, and cleansing teas.”

This passion eventually led to the creation of Urb Apothecary, an outlet for Alldred’s knowledge and desire to bring plants’ healing power into daily beauty and grooming rituals, while minimizing the environmental impact.

All of Urb’s hair, body, and face products are sourced from local, fair-trade, and organic providers and are mixed in Alldred’s Santa Cruz studio. They are free from synthetic fragrances, chemical additives and preservatives, and SLS, and cruelty-free. While some contain beeswax, there is a category dedicated to vegan products.

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I received some samples from Urb Apothecary recently and have fallen in love with the Green Tea Serum, an intense oil blend that takes only a few drops to leave my face feeling smooth and moisturized in the mornings. I first discovered facial serums when reviewing some from Celtic Complexion, and have loved them ever since. Lighter and seemingly purer than moisturizers, these are a great way to start the day.

I’ve also tried Urb’s Charcoal Burdock mask, made from bentonite clay and burdock and willow root powders. With recent skin breakouts and a battle with blackheads (I blame London’s polluted air), the mask did a surprisingly good job at clearing things up. The morning after using the mask, I notice my skin appears smoother and tighter than it does on other days. The mask is supposed to do many things:

“Treats Acne. Purifies the Pores. Detoxifies the Skin. Exfoliates Dead Skin Cells. Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles. Firms and Tones Up The Face. Softens Up The skin. Fades Away Scars and Age Spots. Gives the Skin Brightness.”

I like that most of Urb’s packaging is glass, with cute cork stoppers in the mask test tubes. The muscle salve comes in a cardboard tube. It also offers a large zippered canvas bag as waste-free gift wrap (although these cute makeup-type bags do have a tendency to pile up, similar to reusable totes, so only take it if you’re going to use it!).

See here for a list of stockists in the U.S. (most are in California) or order online.

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Study Shows What Would Happen To Your Kids Body After Eating Organic For Just One Week







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A study conducted by researchers from RMIT university, published in the journal Environmental Research, found that following an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide exposure in adults.

Thirteen participants were randomly selected to consume a diet consisting of at least 80% organic or conventional food for seven days, afterwards crossing over to the alternative diet from which they started. Scientists analyzed urinary levels of pesticides and discovered that urinary dialkylphosphates (DAPs) measurements were 89% lower when participants ate an organic diet for seven days compared to a conventional diet for the same amount of time.

The researchers also discuss the complicated history of pesticide use:

To understand this controversial issue it is helpful to look at the history of pesticide use. Prior to World War II, the pesticides that we use now did not yet exist. Some pesticides currently in use were in fact developed during the World War II for use in warfare. The organophosphate insecticides were developed as nerve gases, and the phenoxy herbicides, including 2,4-D (the most commonly used herbicide in Canada), were created to eradicate the Japanese rice crop, and later used as a component of Agent Orange to defoliate large areas in jungle warfare. After World War II, these chemicals began to be used as pesticides in agricultural production, for environmental spraying of neighbourhoods for mosquito eradication, and for individual home and garden use.

Conducted by Dr. Liza Oates as part of her PhD project and supervised by Professor Marc Cohen from RMIT’s School of Health Sciences, the study was supported in part by a donation to RMIT University from Bharat Mitra, co-founder of Organic India Pty Ltd.

The study has big implications for children:

“Conventional food production commonly uses organophosphate (OP) pesticides, which can have negative health effects, while organic food is deemed healthier because it is produced without these pesticides. Studies suggest that organic food consumption may significantly reduce OP pesticide exposure in children who have relatively higher pesticide exposure than adults due to their different diets, body weight, behaviour and less efficient metabolism.”

Related Video

Below is a very interesting clip titled “The Organic Effect” from the Swedish Environmental Research Institute. Watch what happened when this family decided to switch to organic food. Here is the full report.

Related CE Articles

We’ve written about this topic and other related ones extensively. If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to check out the selected list of articles below:

Federal Lawsuit Forces The US Government To Divulge Secret Files on Genetically Engineered Foods

What The Body of A Pregnant Woman Eating Organic Looks Like Compared To One Eating Conventional

Study Shows How Glyphosate & Aluminum Operate Synergistically To Destroy The Human Brain

More CE Articles on Glyphosate & Roundup Herbicide

The Science Behind What Happens To Your Body When You Go Organic


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What The Body of A Pregnant Woman Eating Organic Looks Like Compared To One Eating Conventional







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*Republished article with some minor updates 

It seems as if it was yesterday when the masses were completely unaware of the concerns being raised by a number of internationally recognized scientists regarding Genetically Modified Foods (GM). Now, dozens of countries in Europe have completely banned or have severe restrictions on GMOs, which includes the pesticides that go along with them. In fact, 19 new countries in Europe recently banned the growing of Genetically Modified foods in their countries, citing a number of health and environmental concerns. You can read more about that here.

The Difference Between Organic Food & Conventional Food

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic farms and processors must not use any genetically modified ingredients. This means that organic farmers can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO feed, an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients, and so on. Farmers and processors must show that they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances from farm to table. In order for something to qualify as organic, it must also be free from most synthetic materials, like pesticides and antibiotics. (source)(source)

Conventional food is (obviously) the exact opposite. Conventional food can be sprayed with pesticides, contain genetically modified ingredients, as well as administer antibiotics.

Eating Organic vs Eating Conventional

In 2012, a widely reported Stanford University study concluded that there is little difference in the healthfulness and safety of conventional and organic food. (source) Since its publication, experts in the environmental and health sciences department criticized the study for completely overlooking a large and growing body of evidence regarding the adverse effects of pesticides. More specifically, a letter accepted for publication in the Annals of Internal Medicine pointed to the lack of information in the study regarding extensive data on the number, frequency, potential combinations, and associated health risks of pesticide residues in sprayed food. This publication calculated a 94% reduction in health risk attributable to eating organic forms of six pesticide intensive fruits. (source)

So is organic food more nutritious?

“In carefully designed studies comparing organic and conventional apples, strawberries, grapes, tomatoes, milk, carrots, grains and several other raw foods, organic farming leads to increases on the order of 10% to 30% in the levels of several nutrients, but not all. Vitamin C, antioxidants, and phenolic acids tend to be higher in organic food about 60% to 80% of the time, while vitamin A and protein is higher in conventional food 50% to 80% of the time.” – Charles Benbrook, research professor and program leader for Measure to Manage (M2M): Far and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health at Washington State University (source)

A team led by Kristen Brant, a scientist at the Human Nutrition Research Center Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, carried out one of the most sophisticated meta-analysis of the “organic-versus-conventional food” nutrient-content debate. Their analysis was published in Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences in 2011, under the title, “Agroecosystem Management and Nutritional Quality of Plant Foods: The Cause of Organic Fruits and Vegetables.” (source)(source)

This study documents significant differences in favour of organically grown food and explains the different, yet basic farming system factors that lead to these differences. They concluded that increasing the amount of plant-available nitrogen, which is typically found in conventional farming, reduces the accumulation of (plant) defence related secondary metabolites and vitamin C, while the contents of secondary metabolites such as carotenes that are not involved in defense against disease and pests may increase.

They also found that secondary plant metabolite based nutrients in fruits and vegetables are 12 percent higher, on average, in organic food compared to conventionally grown food. Another group of nutrients that are composed of plant secondary metabolites that are involved in plant defenses against pests and response to stress were, on average, 16 percent higher.

“This subset encompasses most of the important, plant-based antioxidants that promote good health through multiple mechanisms.”

The team of researchers estimated that the consumption of organic fruits and vegetables is associated with a 12 percent higher nutrient level intake.

This is just one example of research conducted showing higher nutrient levels in organically grown food, and we are not even talking about pesticides yet.

One thing about organic food is that it’s not sprayed. A recent study conducted by researchers from RMIT university, published in the journal Environmental Research, found that an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide exposure in adults by 90 percent. (source)

Cynthia Curl, an assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State university, recently published a pesticide exposure study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Results of her research indicated that among individuals eating similar amounts of vegetables and fruits, the ones who reported eating organic produce had significantly lower OP pesticide exposure than those who normally consume conventionally grown produce. You can read more about that here.

Below is a very interesting clip titled “The Organic Effect” from the Swedish Environmental Research Institute. Watch what happened when this family decided to switch to organic food. Here is the full report.

“The change in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases. We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects and illnesses seldom seen before. The tobacco companies denied the link between smoking and cancer, and took decades to recognize the truth. The biotech and agrochemical corporations are the same as the tobacco industry; they lie and favor business over the health of the population.” – Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, a paediatrician specializing in environmental health (source)(source)(source) (Related CE Article on the GMO/Cancer link in Argentina here)

The list literally goes on and on, the pesticides that are sprayed on our food have been linked to a variety of diseases, and high risk pesticides rarely appear as residues in organic food, and when they do, the levels are usually much lower than those found in conventional foods -especially the levels in imported produce. (source)

“I recently completed an assessment of relative pesticide health risks from residues in six important fruits – strawberries, apples, grapes, blueberries, pears, and peaches. Using the latest data from USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (USDA, 2012) on these foods, I found that the overall pesticide risk level in the conventional brands was 17.5-times higher than the organic brands. The differences translate into a 94 percent reduction in health risk from the selection of organic brands.” – Charles Benbrook, research professor and program leader for Measure to Manage (M2M): Far and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health at Washington State University, from his letter that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (source)

This is very clinically significant, and this is why more and more people are starting to be concerned about pesticide related health risks.

The work of Chensheng (Alex) Lu, from the Harvard School of public health is well known. He has shown that when school-age children switch to a predominately organic diet, exposures to organophosphate (OP) insecticides are almost completely eliminated.  (source)

“Children today are sicker than they were a generation ago. From childhood cancers to autism, birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise. Our assessment of the latest science leaves little room for doubt; pesticides are one key driver of this sobering trend.” October 2012 report by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) (source)(source)

Organic Versus Conventional If You’re Pregnant

“How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?…As part of the process, they portrayed the various concerns as merely the ignorant opinions of misinformed individuals –and derided them as not only unscientific, but anti-science. They then set to work to convince the public and government officials, through the dissemination of false information, that there was an overwhelming expert consensus, based on solid evidence, that GMOs were safe” – Jane Goodall

Now, take all of the information above (which is just a fraction of what’s out there), and think about a woman who is pregnant. GMOs (and the pesticides that go with them) are fairly young. They’ve only been around since the late 1990’s, and the children born when the emergence of GMOs was just starting are now growing up. We have yet to see the long term effects, and it’s scary to consider that no long term studies have been cited by major government organizations confirming the long term consumption of GMO foods. Just like geneticist David Suzuki said, “by slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment.”

The only long term study that’s been conducted was done independently, obviously away from industry sponsorship. It was published in Environmental Sciences Europe last yearand found GMO maize, along with roundup herbicide exposure led to cancer, liver/kidney damage as well as severe hormonal disruption. Roundup ready is sprayed on GM crops that have been engineered to resist it.(source)

The active ingredient in roundup is Glyphosate, which was recently linked to cancer by the World Health Organization (source).

Pesticides sprayed on our food have also been linked to birth defects. (source)  A paper published in the journal Pediatrics found that prenatal exposure to some of the pesticides sprayed on our food could impair the anthropometric development of the fetus, reducing the birth weight, length, and head circumference. (source)

There are a number of studies that have examined pesticide induced diseases when it comes to the fetus. You can view some of them here.

Numerous studies have linked agricultural pesticides to autism. You can find those studies here.

Canadian research has also identified the presence of pesticides associated with genetically modified foods in maternal, fetal, and non pregnant woman’s blood. They also found the presence of Monsanto’s Bt toxin. The study was published in the Journal Reproductive Toxicology in 2011. (source)

The study concluded, apart from pesticides, that Monsanto’s Bt toxins are clearly detectable and appear to cross the placenta to the fetus. The study pointed out that the fetus is considered to be highly susceptible to the adverse affects of xenobiotics (foreign chemical substances found within an organism that is not naturally produced). This is why the study emphasized knowing more about GMOs is crucial, because environmental agents could disrupt the biological events that are required to ensure normal growth and development.

Affording Organic Food

I believe if you can afford to eat conventional food, you can afford a wide variety of organic food. If you don’t believe me, try adding up what you spend in a month on conventional fruits and vegetables. Then switch to organic (only fruits and vegetables) and see what you spend in a month. If you’ll do that, you’ll notice no significant difference.

Cut out most of the junk food in your life, and try it with all of your food, and you still probably won’t. That being said, the way the system is set up to make organic food more expensive is ridiculous.

As far as feeding the world, what we throw away could do that. The money we spend on war in a couple of years could do that, and we are being told that GMOs do that when they actually don’t?

Sustainable agricultural practices could be set up all over the world. GMO farming is not really sustainable and this has been demonstrated time and time again. One example is in India, where  Monsanto’s insect-repellent Bt cotton wreaked havoc on the country’s farmers. Those seeds cost twice as much as conventional ones and required greater inputs of water and expensive herbicides and pesticides. As a result, thousands of Indian farmers committed suicide.

The Union of Concerned Scientists reminds us that GM crops are not guaranteed, as promised by company advertising. They still fail to produce promised yields, and farmers are not permitted to save seeds due to the company’s patent. As a result, entire communities can be pushed to the brink of starvation.

Every person on the planet can feed themselves with just 100 square feet of well managed land. In 2008, the UN Conference of Trade and development supported organics, saying that organic agriculture can be more conducive to food security in Africa than most conventional production systems, and is more likely to be sustainable in the long term. You can read that full report HERE.

Book Recommendation To Learn More

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public.” 

The book reveals countless examples of scientific fraud. It educates people on how genetic engineering of the world’s food supply came to be, and how the movement progressed by violating the protocols of science. It touches upon how many scientists and institutions have systematically twisted the truth in order to hide the risks associated with GMOs. It is supported by an internationally recognized group of scientists, who have written some great reviews about the book.

 


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EXCLUSIVE: Organic bone broth products found to be clear of all agricultural chemicals; lab tests confirm why organic really is better

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Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and American Indians. He is of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his “Health Ranger” passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

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In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

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McDonald’s to start serving organic apple juice in kids’ Happy Meals… but it’s made by Coca-Cola

Image: McDonald’s to start serving organic apple juice in kids’ Happy Meals… but it’s made by Coca-Cola

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The announcement that McDonald’s is switching to organic apple juice in its Happy Meals sounds like great news on the surface. After all, the new offering, the 6-ounce Honest Kids’ Appley Ever After juice box, contains half the calories and 10 fewer grams of sugar than its predecessor, the Minute Maid apple juice box. So what’s the catch?

Despite what the name of the juice company might imply, there is a bit of dishonesty going on here upon closer inspection. As many regular Natural News readers will know by now, all fruit juices contain quite a lot of sugar, and without the fiber from the fruit to help balance it out, it’s a pretty poor choice when it comes to beverages. So how did “Honest” Kids manage to create an apple juice that has 10 fewer grams of sugar?

They resorted to the same sort of deception some well-meaning parents use when they discover just how unhealthy fruit juices are as they try to wean their kids off of them: they’re watering it down! That’s right; according to Fox Business, the Appley Ever After box actually has more water than juice. It offers a meager 42 percent apple juice, so it’s no wonder it doesn’t contain as many calories or sugar grams as traditional apple juice. Like Minute Maid, which is not organic but is 100 percent apple juice, it’s made from concentrate and owned by Coca-Cola.

Can we trust Coca-Cola?

Yes, that’s right; it’s owned by Coca-Cola. Soda consumption has been decreasing as more people wise up to just how toxic it is, and they’ve also seen their Minute Maid brand lose ground to other offerings. In fact, Minute Maid sales at American grocery stores have fallen by 18 percent since 2012, which could explain why they are so desperate to remain relevant that they’re watering down juice so they can label it organic without damaging their bottom line too much.

Coca-Cola has never adhered to the old “honesty is the best policy” adage. Coca-Cola once funded a study that said drinking diet soda, which is chock full of chemicals, is healthier than water. They were also caught paying so-called nutrition and fitness experts to put articles in favor of Coke on more than 1,000 news websites, conveying it as a “healthy snack” despite the fact that it contains chemical flavorings, phosphoric acid, and genetically modified high-fructose corn syrup.

They also found themselves facing a class action lawsuit over false claims for marketing their “Vitaminwater” drink brand as being a healthy alternative to sugary sodas and plain water. The Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest at the time, Michael F. Jacobson, said: “The marketing of Vitaminwater will go down in history as one of the boldest and brashest attempts ever to affix a healthy halo to what is essentially a junk food, a non-carbonated soda,”

If nothing else, parents can take comfort from the fact that it at least claims to be organic, but let’s face it: Parents who want their kids to eat healthy don’t go anywhere near the Golden Arches. McDonald’s has been making a few moves in recent years to respond to growing consumer preferences for healthy foods, but many feel they haven’t done enough. For example, they’ve shrunken the portions of French fries in Happy Meals – but they’re still French fries. They’ve also added options like yogurt, and fat-free chocolate milk, both of which are quite sugary, in addition to apple slices.

It’s understandable that they’d want to make a move toward organic food given the 8.4 percent rise noted in the industry last year over the year before. However, watering down some organic apple juice made by a company with a poor track record for honesty does not magically make a Happy Meal healthy.

Sources include:

Lifezette.com

FoxBusiness.com

NaturalNews.com

NaturalNews.com

USAToday.com

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