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Which is better: organic food or locally produced non-organic food?

Posted Feb 20 2010 12:51pm

One of my favorite television commercial series from the '80's is the "Brain On Drugs Commercial" (seen above). When asking the question, "Which is better: organic food or locally produced non-organic food?" As you consider the video, I would like you to substitute the words "non-organic food" for the word "drugs".

Definitively, organic foods are those foods that are produced, processed and packaged without using chemicals. Organic gardening uses organic seeds, organic compost, organic fertilizers, and organic pest control. It has been claimed by health experts that organic food is more nutritious, however, whether it has higher nutrition content or not is not the larger concern in consuming more organic foods. In my opinion, chemical exposure is the chief concern when considering organic foods.

For instance, a recent study in the United States shows that even in the womb, children are not safe from known toxins. Researchers found 13 toxic chemicals known to cause cancer in the bio-fluids of the pregnant women tested, including (but not limited to) Bisphenol A, perfluorinated compounds, Mercury, and phthalate monoesters.

In response to this study and those like it, congress has called for a rewrite of the Toxic Substances Control Act, the law that attempts to control the manufacturing of hazardous chemicals in the United States. Shockingly, it was revealed at recent government hearings that of the 80,000 chemicals used in this country, only 200 had ever completely been tested for health hazards.

Some of these chemicals without comprehensive testing completed are ending up in our non-organic diets - ranging from drugs and hormones in meats, mercury in fish, to pesticides and fertilizing agents in our fruit and vegetable supply. By eating organic foods, you are helping your family's brains stay chemical and drug free. A chemical free brain and body means less risk for cancer and other diseases. Utilize the Shoppers Guide To Pesticides as a reference and start your family on the path to chemical free!

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!, The Green Blog -, or The Garden Blog -

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