You may find people arguing for and against organic foods, but none denies that pesticides in food are associated with various diseases including cancer. The supporters of conventional food industry attempt to prove that pesticide residuals in food are in such a less quantity that they can’t harm human lives. The researches calculate the quantity of pesticides in food that you can take in your whole life and announce that it is not enough quantity to kill a human being.
What about cancers and other diseases?
The supporters of conventional foods have been failing to reply to this question. The researches have frequently been proving that pesticides in food are causing cancers and other diseases. The governments have been banning various pesticides including massive used DDT and other synthetic pesticides.
When we say yes to this question, we have a holistic point of view as well as the research-based results being conducted for centuries. Not only this, we also face some common sense issues regarding pesticides in food:
First, our body mechanism has evolved to this stage in centuries. However, it has not learned yet to handle pesticides in foods effectively.
Second, if pesticides can kill pests, birds, and other living organisms, how can they be safer for humans, whatever quantity maybe?
Third, if little quantities of pesticides in food are not dangerous to human bodies immediately, what will be the impact when they continue to accumulate over the years?
Lastly, if some crops get more pesticides than legally permitted and we consume more pesticides in food, how much danger that can be. It may be difficult in developed countries but could be very common for many developing countries where legal enforcement systems are not perfect.
To find satisfying answers, I have gone through dozens of studies and case studies done in the field. It was surprising to observe enough space available for future studies in the area.
According to CNN, a team of researchers studied 68,946 adult volunteers in France and studied their eating habits. The volunteers had an age range of 40 years, and ¾ of them were women. The volunteered were asked to report whenever they ate organic foods from the list of 16 items, supplied to them. They were frequently monitored for their choices.
The researchers reported after four and half years that, “volunteers developed a total of 1,340 cancers. The most prevalent was breast cancer (459) followed by prostate cancer (180), skin cancer (135), colorectal cancer (99), and non-Hodgkin lymphomas (47).”
Furthermore, “those who ate the most organic food were 25% less likely to develop cancer, 73% less likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma and 21% less likely to develop postmenopausal breast cancer.”
And, “even participants who ate low-to-medium quality diets yet stuck with organic food experienced a reduced risk of cancer, the authors found.”
Not only this.
CNN reports another study conducted by University of California, Berkeley and Friends of the Earth which proved that when subjects were put to organic foods for a week, “every single person would see significant drops in those pesticides, including several linked to increased risk of autism, cancer, Parkinson’s, infertility, and other significant impacts on health.”
The study was conducted on various families who were ignoring differences between organic and conventional foods. During the first week, the study subjects were allowed to eat their routine food. Their blood and urea were tested at regular intervals. During the next week, the study subjects were provided organic foods.
The result of urea chemical examinations startled the researches as they could identify 14 chemicals in their urine when they were eating non-organic foods. However, when they switched to organic foods, their urea showed that only a week consumption of organic food could reduce pesticides in your urine up to 50% on average.
CNN further reports:
“Detectable levels for the pesticide malathion, a probable human carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization, decreased a dramatic 95%.”
The study concludes:
“Many of these pesticides are now understood to cause cancer, affect the body’s hormonal systems, disrupt fertility, cause developmental delay for children or Parkinson’s, depression, or Alzheimer’s as we age.”
The studies about pesticides in food prove that when you start preferring organic foods, the harmful pesticides level start decreasing fast. On the very first week, they shall fall by 50% on average. Hopefully, you may be able to detox your body from the pesticides within 30 days or so.
These researches prove another factor. If you are fond of green-smoothies but ignore pesticides in conventional foods, you are going to intake pesticides residuals directly to your bodies. However, if you replace your vegetables and fruits with organic ones, you can get rid of these pesticides from your bodies faster.
By: Saqib Ali Ateel
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