29 August 2013

Organic Foods and the Hard Evidence for their Superiority

When the prestigious Australian Government Analytical Laboratory finds vastly higher level of minerals in vegetables grown organically compared to those grown chemically, then that is hard evidence that organically-grown foods are nutritionally superior.

The Organic Retailers and Growers Association of Australia (ORGAA) conducted a study that compares six mineral levels of four vegetables. Samples of beans, tomatoes, capsicum and silverbeet (‘Spinach) were taken from both certified organic farm and supermarket chain and were sent to the government laboratories for analysis of calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron and zinc levels. See these results tabulated below.

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28 August 2013

ORGANIC BANANAS

The major difference between organic bananas and conventionally grown are that conventional bananas are grown with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides to protect the crops from mold, bugs, and disease. On theother side, organic farmers use natural fertilizers such as manure and seaweed, insect predators and barriers to prevent pests, and they weed by hand or mulch in order to prevent weeds.

You may be thinking that all those chemicals used to grow conventional bananas are no big deal because you peel the fruit. But the chemicals are not just on the outside of the banana — they leach into the soil that is used to grow the produce. So even if you peel your banana, it doesn't prevent you from ingesting small amounts of those chemicals. Although you may feel better knowing most experts agree that these small amounts you ingest pose little threat to your health, but then again you have to wonder if all these small amounts of toxins don't add up over time. If you're concerned about the nutritional value of your food, there are ongoing studies exploring the connection between pesticides and nutrients in foods; so far, as you will see from the articles we have posted, it looks like in every case there is evidence that organic is healthier and more nutritious especially when it comes to anti-oxidants. Organic produce is also better for the planet since chemical pesticides make their way into the soil and run off into water sources.

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28 August 2013

MORE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE OF THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF EATING ORGANICALLY GROWN FOODS.

The Study's Objectives: To survey existing literature comparing nutrient content of organic and conventional crops using statistical methods to identify significant differences and trends in the data.

Design: Published comparative measurements of organic and conventional nutrient content were entered into a database for calculation.

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26 August 2013

Roundup Herbicide & “Roundup Ready” GMOs

Don M. Huber, Ph.D., emeritus soil scientist of Purdue University, wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack about a newly discovered virulent pathogen that proliferates in soil treated with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

The Monsanto pathogen is taken up by plants, transmitted to animals via their feed, and is passed on to human beings by the plants and meat they consume. The pathogen has yet to be described or named, though that work is almost complete. …

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26 August 2013

Affects of GMO to human health and the environment

The GMO foods currently on the market have not undergone adequate testing to ensure their safety for human consumption and also to quantify what impact they have on the environment. Genetically engineered food can have a serious effect on human health, on wildlife and the environment.

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26 August 2013

Organic Lettuce

Lettuce is one of the usual veggies served in your salad. It is rich in vitamin A, K and C, folate, manganese and chromium. The darker leaf type, romaine lettuce, is known to be more nutritious than any other lettuces. It helps in proper digestion, promotes healthy liver, and decreases the threat of heart diseases and stroke.

According to studies made between organic and non-organic lettuces, there is a prominent difference in the amount of chlorophyll present in organic lettuce. Many people had a basic understanding that pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals used to plants or vegetables can destroy the nutrients and natural enzymes present in these plants. In this study, carbohydrates, sugars, enzymes, pigments and photosynthesis were tested.

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