A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine essentially says that organic food is no better or safer for you than conventional food.
I don’t want to make this a long, drawn out post researching all of the likely flaws of the study. In terms of studying the effect of organic vs. conventional foods, let’s just stick to the key stuff and draw some reasonable assumptions for you.
It’s more important to look at what something really means for YOU.
First, the study only followed people for two years. This is nowhere near long enough of a time to study the drip effect of pesticides on foods effects on the body.
And the pesticide effect, to me, is the most relevant piece in the puzzle. The study did indeed indicate that eating organic vegetables and fruits reduced exposure to pesticide residues by about 30 percent.
Now, let me counter something right away. Don’t give me the line about how conventional foods pesticide levels are within the allowable limits. According to whom? The FDA or other organizations controlled more by large companies like Monsato, that makes billions off of Genetically Modified Organisms resistant to wonderful products like Round
Up that kill everything else around the GMO crops, but let the GMO crop thrive – say it’s good for you? And you’re going to believe them? Good luck with that.
So the key question to ask is: “Over time, would exposure to 30 percent more pesticides likely worse for my body?”
Sorry, I did guide you a bit in that question.
Of course 30 percent more pesticide exposure is worse for your body. Is it really necessary to dig deeper into why pesticides that have DANGER WARNINGS on the label would be bad for your health long term?
When someone says, “Well it’s only a little bit,” I say, “Well, let me put only a little bit of dog poop on your dinner plate. I mean it’s only a little bit right?”
Point made I hope.
Don’t read headlines and let people confuse you.
The second point has a deeper implication. It’s the effect all of these chemical and pesticides have on the overall environment. The vast majority of the fish is unsafe to eat because waters are polluted. To the extent we can control the bad stuff going into the ground, water and air from the crops we grow we should.
And ditto for household products. Plenty of natural, biodegradable alternatives exist. And nothing cleans much better than scorching hot water.
Now, one final point to consider for your overall health.
Stop eating organic junk.
It’s this organic junk food industry that has grown leaps and bounds, and too many people foolishly think they’re eating healthier when they really aren’t. Yes, less pesticides, but not healthier foods.
It still boils down to my guiding principle:
Eat the majority of your food from as close to it’s natural source.
And by that I mean both from the plant or water source and from soil and water not infiltrated with chemicals. If you do that, and stay away from stuff that can last for months on the shelf, the rest is on how you exercise (a future post), how you live (a future post), and your genetics (a future post).
So there you have it. This should, if you weren’t already skeptical of this recent study, bring some real clarity to it.
Many things are complex in life. Nutrition, exercise, and the basics of living well are not complex.
They’re simple. They’re as organic as you get.