The organic food movement has fought hard to dispel many myths pushed by the multi-million dollar pro-GMO and “conventional” food PR industry, but the truth is finally starting to come out.
While misleading headlines of a 2012 Stanford University review falsely claimed that there was “little evidence of the health benefits of organic food (most reports conveniently left out the clear benefit of avoiding health damaging synthetic pesticides sprayed in large amounts on conventional food, which was shown in the review),” a new European Parliament review has once again shown the clear benefits of going organic.
In particular, it mentions the serious potential health impacts of exposure to synthetic pesticides sold by companies like Monsanto and Syngenta — and it’s a must read for anyone who cares about the health of their loved ones or the environment.
New Study Warns of Brain Damaging Pesticides
Pesticides used on conventional foods may be more dangerous than previously thought, causing damage to the human brain according to the review, as mentioned in this June 2017 article by the website The Independent.
European Members of Parliament wanted an answer to the question of whether organic food is healthier or not.
During the review, it was found that high amounts of pesticides in modern agriculture are damaging brain health among other adverse effects.
The review included a California report which warned of the “very high costs” of current levels of pesticides people are being exposed to, especially children and pregnant women. Mothers who had traces of organophosphate metabolites in their bodies during pregnancy were more likely to have “adverse mental development at two years of age, attention problems at three-and-a-half and five years, and poorer intellectual development at seven years,” a report on the California study said.
Another report looked at by the review said that over 13 million IQ points are lost per year due to pesticide exposure in Europeans, resulting in a loss of approximately 125 billion Euros in the economic sector.
Overall, the above numbers were said to be an under-estimation, as they failed to take into account other impacts of the pesticides such as: Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer in which the pesticides are suspected to be a cause or contributor. Pesticides such as glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, are among those implicated, as a spring 2015 report found that it is a “probable human carcinogen.”
As a result of the review, new limits on pesticide levels or changes to food labeling could happen soon, the article mentioned. A review of such policies is required in the UK by next year.
In response to the review Sarah Mukherjee, CEO of the Crop Protection Association, insisted that the pesticides are “safe” and noted the multi-year approval process each active ingredient goes through in order to be brought to market, costing more than 200 million pounds in some cases.
The review added that studies on the direct effects of organic food are relatively rare and called for more to be done in the future.
“…[V]ery few studies have been performed that directly investigate the effect of organic food on human health. … Furthermore, it is inherently difficult to separate organic food consumption from other associated lifestyle factors that may affect human health,” it said.
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