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Medical Effects Of Organic & Conventional Foods Part 3

Updated on June 25, 2010

The analyzing of fat tissue, urine, exhaled breath, and blood for the initial chemical and all metabolites related to each pesticide is conducted in numerous studies on metabolism. In fact, the final destination of every molecule of a pesticide's metabolites is tracked by using a radioactive label or marker attached to every molecule of the pesticide before testing, which is called metabolic analysis. This allows every molecule to be followed scientists through the body to see and how many settle in body organs and for how long, and how many leave in feces or in urine. Scientists really do know where every pesticide molecule and its metabolites ultimately ends up because radioactive testing is so rigorous

In reality, rigorous testing to approval makes it so very few pesticides ever make it all the way through. If you compare pesticides to prescription medicines, which we ingest deliberately, you'll see that only one active pesticide ingredient is ultimately approved for every 140,000 that are first synthesized after an average 9.1 years of testing, but only one medical drug out of every 5,000 makes it all the way from lab to pharmacy.

There have been considerable improvements in energy efficiency because of the use of innovative non-organic agricultural practices, specifically no-till procedures, which rely on herbicides to eliminate competing weeds and other plant species. Crop rotation is not an exclusive strategy for organic agriculture, and has been demonstrated as the reason for many of the soil benefits of organic agriculture.

A significantly greater portion of Organic food growers crops are lost because of mold, pests, and other various reasons, so, to grow a similar amount of produce, they require significantly higher land usage. A major study reveals that via organic methods a crop of tomatoes hypothetically would utilize approximately 650% more terrain than when using conventional methods.

World hunger could deepen because of organic farming: It is agreed upon by virtually all experts that by 2050, farm output must triple to feed an expected 9 billion people. That would require 108 percent of Earth's land area without greater productivity, so higher conventional yields are the answer. In comparison, conventional farming offers far more than the yields from organic farming, up to 50% more.

Pesticide use: It is an urban (or rural) myth that organic agriculture is free from the application of pesticides, although it aims to minimize pesticide use. The heavy metal copper is contained in some of the types of pesticides regularly applied on organic farms, and the use of it can lead to the accumulation of toxic copper in the soil. Ryania, rotenone, and sabadilla, which is toxic to almost all bees, are other pesticides that are approved for use by organic producers. According to a report by the California Department of Environmental Protection the mammalian toxicology of this substance has not been conclusively studied,

New approaches to defining and buying food are also being implemented by some people. For example, one approach cuts out all the middlemen by having consumers partner with local farmers; this is called Community-supported agriculture (CSA). Shares in a season's harvest are prepurchased by CSA members, and their weekly portions are picked up from distribution sites. So as a result, consumers participate in distribution networks with farmers, provide direct financing for farms, and because of annual growing conditions, participate in the risks and rewards.

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