Why is Going Beyond Organic So Important?
Food chemistry trumps everything. These four links provide the absolute bottom line.
Organically Grown Poisonous Plants
Dietary Pesticides (99.99% All Natural)
Nature's Chemicals and Synthetic Chemicals: Comparative Toxicology
J. A. McGee is a Ph.D. student in sociology with a concentration in environmental sociology at University of Oregon. His research explores the development and environmental impacts of sustainable markets. He recently posted an intriguing study at https://www.academia.edu/. It concludes that the increase in certified organic farmland from 2000 to 2008 “is not correlated with declines in greenhouse gas emissions derived specifically from agricultural production and, on the contrary, is associated positively overall with agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.”
The crops with greater fuel conumption are grain, vegetables, fruit, broilers, egg layers, and pork.
On the basis of a systematic review of studies of satisfactory quality, there is no evidence of a difference in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs. The small differences in nutrient content detected are biologically plausible and mostly relate to differences in production methods. This is from an extensive report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Nearly all food borne illnesses come from organic sources. They are bacteria, viruses, molds, and fungi. Grains and sugars are organic, yet they are very destructive to human health. These "organic" substances cause nearly all of the chronic diseases in America. But what if foods are grown "organically"? Is that truly healthier, tastier, and better for the environment? This link goes to the Institute of Food Technologists published report titled "A Review of the Nutrition Claims Made by Proponents of Organic Food." This is definitely food for thought.
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