Organic food benefits our lives in many ways, but I want to address a singular health issue today. In the US cancer rates have risen over the last decade. Many of the pesticides used in typical farming procedures are listed by the EPA as either possible or probable cancer causes. The insanity has to stop. Each and every one of us is responsible for our own health, and we need to start thinking more clearly about how our diets impact our health.
One way to reduce your risks of cancer is to increase the antioxidants in your diet. This isn’t new information, it has become a well established fact, supported by many studies done by the National Cancer Institute. These studies have shown that antioxidants slow, and in some cases may prevent the development of cancer. Higher antioxidant loads is just one of the organic food benefits.
Organic food benefits us again though, environmentally. Organic farms do not use the chemicals, and hormones found on feed lot farms to enhance the growth of the animals. These chemicals can be excreted by the animals and find their way into water supplies. While the effects of these chemicals on humans is largely unstudied, or understudied, they may be a factor in many of the health problems we experience. Again, organically grown livestock, vegetables and fruits are not treated with these chemicals so there is never a worry about the chemicals used becoming a health risk.
We see that organic food benefits us with reduced cancer risks; through higher antioxidant levels, and environmental risk factor reduction. I encourage you to do more research on your own. The National Cancer Institute and the President’s Cancer Panel have much more detailed reports that can help. For myself, I find I feel better when I eat more organic foods than when I eat foods produced normally. I’m aware that’s merely anecdotal, but perhaps you should try for yourself and see if you feel better as well. The worst that will happen is you eat a few more vegetables for a few days while deciding.