All or most of us know, at least in theory, that it would be preferable to switch to organic food diet. Yet for the majority of us, a variety of factors can get in the way of such a diet including accessibility and most commonly, price. It’s no secret that organic produce is much more expensive than its conventionally grown counterparts, and with food prices rising exponentially faster than the median wage, many families and individuals navigate away from those superior organics and over to the conventional section.
Unfortunatelymost foods grown conventionally are cultivated using pesticides and while weknow that pesticides are damaging for the environment, the severity of the long-termeffects of pesticides on our bodies is poorly understood at this point. However it is know that in combination,certain chemicals can be even more damaging. And it goes without saying that having pesticides in your bloodstreamisn’t a good thing. To drive this pointhome, a Swedish supermarket chain called COOP initiated an interesting studythat replaced all the conventional foods of one family for a two week periodand the Swedish Environmental Research Institute monitored the level ofpesticides in their bodies before and after. Prior to the experiment, the family ate only conventional foods. You mayfind the results surprising! Take a look:
Another recent study by RMIT University waspublished in the journal Environmental Researchshowing that the blood of adults who switched to an organic diet for evenjust one week showed a 90% reduction in the amount of pesticides in the bloodstream.
Furthermore, this study by Cynthia Curl, an assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University also shows that between adults eating a similar amount of fresh produce,those who ate organic had a significantly lower exposure level to OP pesticides. This study was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
After facing the facts studies like these, itbrings the issue of organic vs. conventional produce into a new light. It’s easy to opt for the less expensive option because it is immediately more economical at the register; however, the actual VALUE of the two options is not the same. If you are eating conventional blueberries,of course they have a plethora of antioxidant, vitamins, and other nutrients,but if they are coated in pesticides then the idea is that perhaps half ofthose nutrients might be utilized by your body in combatting the pesticides orrepairing itself from damage done by the pesticides or perhaps the pesticidescould interrupt normal processing of your body in such a way that it is unableto absorb the nutrients optimally in the first place.
While the exact science of this is still notperfectly clear, there is no debate whether or not we’d like to keep toxic substancesout of our body. The more organic produce we buy, the greater long term investment we are making in our bodies and in the environment, but also in creating a world where organic food (which is just food in its natural state) is the norm.