Organic food companies have worked hard to dismiss many myths pushed by multi-million dollar biotech companies, and the truth is finally starting to come out!
Misleading headlines from a 2012 Stanford University report incorrectly that there was “little evidence of the health benefits of organic food (most reports conveniently left out the clear benefit of avoiding health damaging synthetic pesticides sprayed in large amounts on conventional food, which was shown in the review).” But a new European Parliament report has shown the clear advantages of eating organic food.
It mentions the severe possible health impacts of exposure to synthetic pesticides sold by Monsanto, Syngenta, and other biotech companies. And this new report from the European Parliament is a must-read for anyone who considers the wellbeing of their loved ones and the environment.
Brain Damaging Pesticides
Pesticides used in growing conventional foods may be more dangerous than earlier thought and can, according to the review, damage the human brain, as stated in this June 2017 article by the website The Independent.
European Members of Parliament required an answer to the question of whether organic food is healthier than conventional food so, during the review, researchers discovered that high quantities of pesticides in agriculture are damaging brain health.
The review incorporated a California report which warned of the “very high costs” of the levels of pesticides people are being exposed to, particularly pregnant women and children. Mothers who had traces of organophosphate metabolites in their bodies while pregnant were more inclined to experience “adverse mental development at two years of age, attention problems at three-and-a-half and five years, and poorer intellectual development at seven years,” the California study stated.
Another report looked at by the review declared that Europeans lost more than 13 million IQ points each year due to pesticide exposure, which results in a loss of around 125 billion Euros in the economic sector.
The numbers above were said to be an underestimation, as they failed to include other consequences of the pesticides such as diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, and some types of cancer where pesticides can be a cause or contributor. Roundup by Monsanto and its active ingredient glyphosate are among those involved, as a spring 2015 report discovered that it is a “probable human carcinogen.”
After the review, changes to food labeling or new limits on pesticide levels could begin soon, the article from The Independent said. Next year, the UK will start reviewing pesticide limits or change the food labels.
Sarah Mukherjee, CEO of the Crop Protection Association, in response to the review, declared that the pesticides are “safe” and spoke of the multi-year approval process each active ingredient goes through before it arrives in the marketplace, costing more than 200 million pounds in some cases.
The review continued, saying that studies on the direct effects of organic food are relatively rare and requested for more to be done in the future.
“…Very few studies have been performed that directly investigate the effect of organic food on human health. … Furthermore, it is inherently difficult to separate organic food consumption from other associated lifestyle factors that may affect human health,” it said.