Wednesday, 11 September 2013 05:19

Knowledge is Power

Consider these organic facts next time you get the munchies:

1. Certified Organic farming bans the use of toxic pesticides used in producing conventionally farmed foods, which scientific studies have linked to certain cancers, ADHD, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, obesity, autism, infertility, miscarriage, and other serious health problems. Yummy!
2. Organic farming bans the use of genetically engineered organisms (GMOs). This technology has never been tested for long-term effects on human health. Worth the risk?
3. Many conventional nonorganic products contain high-fructose corn syrup, a highly processed ingredient that commonly contains mercury. This man-made sweetener has been linked to obesity and diabetes. 
4. Organic bans the use of toxic artificial food dyes. 
5. It is illegal for certified organic farmers to use human sewage sludge as a fertilizer for crops, something conventional farmers may do. This sludge is often laced with shampoo chemicals and heavy metals, and sometimes, even waste from funeral homes. Delicious!
6. Certified Organic chicken production bans the use of arsenic in chicken feed, something that is perfectly legal in conventional systems (arsenic is used because it makes chickens grow faster). This practice can lead to arsenic-laced chicken waste, which is then frequently used to fertilize conventional food crop fields. Anyone for seconds?