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Medical Effects Of Organic & Conventional Foods Part 2

Updated on June 25, 2010

No proof has been found by most studies that organic food offers more consumer safety, greater nutritional values, or any distinguishable difference in taste. These studies also include a review of all past studies on the subject, which is called a meta-analysis, in 2002.

Often multiple pesticide residues are found in conventional food, and according to a study published in 2002, conventionally grown foods are consistently shown to have about three times as many residues as organically grown foods.

The general thought that organic food is synthetic pesticide-free is a myth; synthetic pesticide residue has been found on about 25 percent of organic food in several studies.

Studies in Canada show a different picture, other than the usual expectation that conventional food would be more likely to carry synthetic pesticide residues. Only about 10 percent of conventionally farmed food carries any pesticide residues at all is consistently stated by annual and comprehensive Canadian government studies by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, while up to about 25 percent of organic food carries residues of synthetic pesticides, not organic.

Whether farmed in the United States, Canada or some other country (90 percent of all organic food sold in Canada is imported from the USA), samples of all foods sold in Canada are included in the annual testing, so the Canadian studies are highly relevant.

So, a lot more money could be paid by consumers for organic food that offers similar, or even greater, odds of containing residues of synthetic pesticide than the less costly non-organic versions, according to the Canadian studies. Since it is believed that residues wash or rub off during harvesting, rainfall, bulk washing, packaging, shipping to plants, transport to distributors, further washing, repackaging, shipping to retail outlets, handling by shoppers, washing at home, trimming, and cooking, there is reasoning that by the time they are consumed, so few conventional food products carry any synthetic residues at all.

But, virtually nonexistent are the potential medical side effects of pesticide residues found in food. A positive result is meaningless according to modern analytical chemistry, because there is a capability of detecting such small quantities of a substance, even a single molecule, therefore it is thought that such residues are without effect by many scientists.

The relevance of studies in which rodents are fed an average of almost 400,000 times the amount of a pesticide that a human would ever ingest in a lifetime is questioned by scientists.

When establishing toxicology levels, the effect of multiple pesticides with similar function is considered, but organic advocates worry about toxic effects of combining pesticides.

An accumulation of pesticides in their bodies is what people fear most, but the pesticides made today are biodegradable, which means they disintegrate in the environment and inside our bodies into harmless molecules.

It is claimed by organic proponents that we don't know what happens to metabolites, the breakdown components, or where pesticides end up, but it is known exactly where these compounds go, exactly when and how they break down and where their metabolites go by scientists.

Continued In: Medical Effects Of Organic & Conventional Foods Part 3

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