Organic Food Leads to Starvation. Not.

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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee took a humorous look at some strange criticism bestowed upon Michelle Obama for her new organic garden at the White House.
The American Council on Science and Health, a research group funded by the chemical and fossil fuel industries, has criticized Obama for her garden, saying it sends the wrong message. The Council is anti-organic farming. They claim it poses a "serious public health concern."

In the video their spokesperson says that if "we decide that everyone is going to eat locally grown food we're going to have a lot of starvation." Hmmm. That's a pretty dubious claim. As for organic food, the Mayo Clinic says that organic food is probably not more nutritious that conventionally grown food, but that it is easier on the planet. Plus it's also typically grown by small family-run farms, which means that our food supply is coming from more diverse places.

How is it really better for our health? From Holisitic Nutrition:

In a study published by the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, it was found that women who regularly used common home and garden pesticides had a greater incidence of breast cancer.

Pesticides have been shown to have an impact on the brain and central nervous system. According to a study at the University of Chicago, some of the issues pesticides are linked to are anxiety, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and personality changes.

Reproductive problems, including birth defects, stillbirth, miscarriage, and infertility have all been linked to pesticide exposure. (Source: University of Chicago)

Children whose yards were sprayed with insecticides and herbicides were found to have four times the risk of developing certain cancers, according to the American Journal of Public Health. Their study found that children from birth to fourteen years of age whose yards were treated annually had four times the risk of developing soft tissue sarcomas and malignant tumors of the connective tissue when compared to their healthy counterparts.

The Mayo Clinic has found that pesticide exposure increases the incidence of Parkinson's disease in men. Men diagnosed with Parkinson's were 2.4 times more likely to have been exposed to pesticides than men who didn't have Parkinson's.

According to the March of Dimes, pesticide exposure during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, has been found to increase the risk of oral clefts, neural tube defects, heart defects, and limb defects.


More on organic farming
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