Even If GMOs and Pesticides Aren't Banned, Here Are Important Reasons Why You Should Only Buy Organic Foods

GMOs and Pesticides

People keep saying they're going organic. But organic produce is a lot more expensive than regular vegetables and fruits. Is their price tag really worth it? Here are some ways organic vegetables and meat are better than regular foods.

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You've heard people freak out over GMO-laden foods and produce with pesticide residues. But the FDA has approved both for consumption. Pesticides allow commercial farming to grow vegetables for lower prices because less crops are lost due to predators. GMOs are organisms that have been genetically modified to survive under harsher conditions, which also allow commercial farmers to grow crops and raise animals for lower prices because they can withstand harsher conditions and don't need as much upkeep.

But many studies have found foods with GMOs and pesticide residues to be harmful to your health. For example, MIT linked glyphosate usage with increasing gastrointestinal illnesses, renal failure, depression, autism, diabetes, gluten intolerance, and cancer in the world's population. The University of Maryland Medical Center postulates that GMOs can cause food allergies because of the new proteins made by these inserted genes that some people's immune systems may react to. They also postulate that GMO plants can produce higher levels of toxins.

On the other hand, there are many studies that find that GMOs and pesticides don't cause harm. The debate will likely go on for years before either side wins and concrete, definitive scientific evidence is found.

Many people these days eat at restaurants. "Whether it’s a quick trip through the drive through or a sit down meal at a nice establishment, the amount of calories from fats and sugars is always going to be higher than a home prepared meal," reports this story about Clean and Fresh Food.

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But, going organic isn't just about avoiding GMOs and pesticides. Here are some proven benefits that organic food has over regular food:

Higher polyamine content. Researchers found that organic produce has higher levels of polyamines than regular vegetables and fruits. They theorize that plants produce more polyamines when they're exposed to stressors, like pests and harsh weather. Getting more polyamines in your diet has been linked with a longer life.

Better for detox. Alcohol detox centers advise patients to eat a healthy diet with less amounts of toxins, like preservatives and artificial flavoring that are both common in junk and fast food. These can tax the liver more while it's detoxifying the alcohol in the patient's system. They advise electrolyte-rich foods like natural fresh fruits to offset any electrolyte deficiencies caused by alcohol. Since organic produce and meat have lower levels of preservatives, pesticides, and other artificial chemicals, they're better for detoxing than regular foods.

More omega-3s and vitamins. According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, organic milk and meat have 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than regular milk and meat. Organic milk also has more iron, vitamin E, and carotenoids than regular milk.

Are GMOs and pesticides bad for you? It's still debatable. Should you go organic? Yes – organic produce and meat have fewer chemicals that tax your liver and have higher levels of nutrients and antioxidants. If you want to avoid the price tag, you can grow your own organic vegetables.

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Comments

It's not that simple. Increasing quantities of polyamines is an indication of changes going on in the plant when exposed to a pest. There is also an increase in plant toxin production (natural pesticides) to help a plant defend itself against the pest. These are toxins that have to be detoxified by the liver when consumed by humans. Manures used for fertilizer significantly increase the risk of human exposure to deadly pathogens, such as E. coli. There are quite a few cases of food poisoning that occur every year where manures are a likely source. Finally, many organic crops have a higher probability of significant A. flavous infection in the field. A. flavous produces a by product, aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is highly toxic to humans and a known carcinogen of the liver. Unfortunately, mothers feeling they are doing the right thing by feeding their child organic peanut butter are significantly increasing their child's risk of liver cancer. Just because a food is organically produced does not necessarily mean it is in any way easier on your liver or safer for human consumption.