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Organic…Why it Really Matters

October 5, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks, many of you may have seen the study released by Stanford University regarding the health benefits of organic food. The study questioned the added nutritional benefits of buying organic food versus conventional food. The study’s findings showed little to no nutritional difference between organic meat and produce.

The very important difference the study failed to mention are the layers of dangerous pesticides and gmo’s found on and in conventional foods. Dr. Allan Greene, renowned pediatrician and author says the study got it all wrong. He says that children, infants to age 5, in the United States have lost more than 16 million IQ points from exposure to organophosphate pesticides. Children are exposed to these pesticides almost exclusively through food. Dr. Greenerecently appeared on the Dr. Oz show to provide people with more detailed information on why going organic really matters.

As a mother, I don’t buy organic food because I think it contains more nutrients than conventionally grown food, I buy it because I don’t want my daughter ingesting chemicals whose name I can’t even pronounce. If my daughter gets ahold of a piece of fruit before I get a chance to wash it, I don’t worry about what she might be putting in her body because I know it was grown without the use of harmful pesticides, antibiotics, or genetically modified organisms.

The very informative article by Dr. Greene really puts into perspective how important it is to choose organic for the health of our families. Not only are we protecting the health of our families by choosing organic, we are protecting the health of our air, water and soil.

One very impactful quote from Dr. Greene’s article comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA says that protecting children from the potential effects of pesticides is one of its most important jobs. With such widespread use of pesticides and gmos’s and not enough research to show the effects on our children…it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t forget to check out Dr. Greene’s article! He even includes a list of how to go organic on your very next shopping trip-on a budget. It’s easier than you think!

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