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Your Organic Tea And Organic Coffee Are Full Of Pesticides

Updated on April 10, 2016
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Pesticides That You Did Not Wash Down

It is no secret, and yet nobody talks much about it. Coffee and some types of tea contain a relatively high concentration of 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. This is an effective herbicide and insecticide and kills or paralyses all insects and plants with which it comes into contact.

To humans demonstrably it causes headaches, anxiety, irritability, tremors, seizures, chest pain, numbness in the mouth and fingers, irregular heartbeat, psychosis, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Even documented are cases where death was caused by trimethylxanthine (the last was the case of Logan Steiner from Ohio in 2014). Not only is this pesticide neurotoxic, but it also falls into the dreaded category of endocrine disruptors. It affects the activity of the pituitary gland and represses the secretion of the important hormone vasopressin. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it is twenty-five times more toxic than the pesticide glyphosate. But while you can wash off glyphosate, you will not get rid of 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine so easily and it always ends up in your coffee or tea. Although they are all bio, the chemists know it, but there's nothing we can do.

Do not look for any conspiracy here. The genocide of humanity (nor in this case) does not take place. Just think with the brain and not with emotions.

Actually, it is quite likely that you drink coffee because of this effective insecticide and herbicide. We also called it a caffeine. No, you do not have to stop drinking coffee. The maximum daily amount of caffeine for an adult is about 400 mg, or about four cups. I do not want to demonize caffeine but to highlight the demagogic scare by pesticides. Various lifestyle magazines or self-appointed (pseudo) nutritionists in fact like to demonize conventionally-grown crops precisely because of pesticides. Conversely, they uncritically highlight their more expensive "bio" equivalents. Some of the myths that they spread are rooted into the consciousness of the public so deeply that they are considered to be almost self-evident.

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Widespread Myths About Pesticides

Firstly, it is not important that certain pesticides are present on the crop (in fact, usually it is only a pesticide residue, which means it remains from biodegradation), but how much of it is there. As we know from the time of Paracelsus (the 16th century), any substance with a sufficiently high concentration is poisonous (even clean water ). "There is no evidence that pesticide would cause cancer in humans," warns chemistry professor and critic of myths about healthy diet Joseph Schwarcz. "Yes, if you fed the animals with high doses of some pesticides they could get cancer. But these doses are much higher than those given to humans. Furthermore, the mechanism in pesticides that kills insects is quite different from the mechanisms that cause cancer." We must not forget that even in the cultivation of organic crops, pesticides are allowed, but not synthetic ones. This does not mean that they are safer. Artificial chemicals are generally not more toxic than natural chemicals. Half of all natural chemicals are a carcinogen, and some of the most potent poisons such as the botulinum toxin are quite natural. Last but not least, even plants produce pesticides. So whether you sprayed crops with something or not you would not get rid of the pesticides. But it does not matter. If you don’t spend days licking unwashed fruit, you do not have to worry.


Bacterial Contamination

By the way, the pesticides used in the cultivation of organic crops are not necessarily less harmful to the natural environment than their synthetic equivalents. And even when the volume of the unit is less toxic, due to their lower efficiency more is often used. "A much greater threat, such as pesticides, is bacterial contamination, especially the potentially fatal E. coli 0157: H7. The source is the use of animal dung as fertilizer," says Schwarcz. "Therefore, it is always necessary to wash crops thoroughly before consumption, no matter whether they are conventionally grown or ‘organic’." Another risk, according to this expert, is fungi which is widespread on crops with insufficient protection. Some, such as the genus Fusarium, according to Schwarcz, produces a chemical that is particularly toxic. Although it is a very unpopular finding, the most reliable types of scientific research consistently show that organic crops and organic foods are not nutritionally richer or healthier. They are just more expensive. Organic foods must be produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics or growth hormones.* "It sounds like farming a century ago, when feeding the population required 70% of the population to be in some way involved in farming,” says Professor Schwarcz. "Crops have been weak, losses of crops due to insects, fungi and weeds were high. Farmers therefore welcomed the establishment of scientifically designed fertilizers and pesticides. And therefore today 2% of the population can feed the remaining 98%."


* Although organic foods for marketing reasons are often displayed on stickers as natural (which is, incidentally, an example of the use of logical and argumentation errors called ‘the appeal to nature’), they are the result of quite unnatural, systematic, thousands of years-long artificial crossing, which is under natural conditions not real, and which resemble their "natural" equivalents only very little. What's more, as organic foods and crops can be identified, crops incurred as a result of laboratory inducing mutations by chemicals or radiation can be too. An unnatural broad - cross hybridization in which huge amounts of genes are moved between species or genres that are reproductively incompatible with each other is also permitted. For comparison, the transfer of specific genes across species the same as by genetically modified organisms (Horizontal gene transfer) commonly occurs in nature through viruses—people thus gained 8% of their DNA from viruses.


Nutrition And Healthy Eating Mayo Clinic Staff:

Material Safety Data Sheet - Water MSDS:

Pesticides Residues in Food and cancer Risk: A Critical Analysis, Lois Swirsky Gold, Thomas H. Slone, Bruce N. Ames University of California, Berkeley, Neela B. Manley Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:

Organic vs Conventional: An Emotional Issue, Joe Schwarcz:

Are Organics Vegetables Healthier?, Joe Schwarcz:

Appeal To Nature:

Endogenous retroviruses in the human genome sequence, David J. Griffiths:

The Dose Makes the Poison, Assessing Toxic Risk: Student Edition:


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    • Eco mum profile image

      Eco mum 23 months ago from Portsmouth

      I am glad you have liked it.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This is very informative hub and Coffee and tea lovers must be aware of this! You made some important and valid points in this hub.

      Thanks for the suggestions and cautioning everyone.