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Organic Foods

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Why Organic? from SellCom
"Organic farming is not just the absence of pesticides, but the presence of an agricultural system that protects croplands, supports biodiversity, and respects the balance of nature rather than attempting to control it with powerful, often toxic synthetic chemicals."

Ten Reasons Why You Should Eat Organic Food
from Green Earth Organics

Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law, and Endangers Your Health
Book Review by Peter Montague
"A chilling story of corporate manipulation of science, government (at all levels), the media, and public opinion."

Organic Food Found to be "Hygienic"
from BBC.com
"The overwhelming majority of organic vegetables are free from bugs that cause disease in humans, research suggests."

Organic Foods Might Reduce Heart Attacks
from Dr. Winston W. Greene's web site.
"Eating organic food may help reduce your risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. The finding will reignite the debate over its health benefits and may force regulatory agencies to reconsider their position."

Interview with Randall Fitzgerald, author of The Hundred-Year Lie, on the Prevalence of Toxic Chemicals
"There is a myth that people are living longer because they are healthier.  In actuality, what I have found is that, on average, people are living longer because of technology.  Technology in the form of kidney dialysis machines.  Technology in the form of heart pacemakers. Technology in many forms that are, indeed, extending people's lives.  However, what I also found is that this life extension doesn't translate into healthier lives.  Just the opposite.  We may be living longer because of technology, but the quality of our life, the quality of our health, has deteriorated markedly since World War II.  A big reason for that is the premise, a foundation on which the Hundred-Year Lie book is based, which is that synthetic chemicals have alarmingly and rapidly led to the degeneration of our health."

Environmental Working Group

Ban Methyl Parathion Now
"This insecticide is a relic of an era when highly toxic chemistry was the objective, and when our knowledge of the health risks of pesticides in general, and neurotoxic compounds in particular, was minimal. Now we know that the brains and nervous systems of infants and children are extremely vulnerable to neurotoxic substances. Yet with the notable exceptions of lead and perhaps methyl mercury, federal toxics and pesticide policy has not produced any decisive actions indicating that the government is serious about protecting children from neurotoxic contaminants in the environment."

Ten Years Later, Myth of 'Alar Scare' Persists: How Chemical Industry Rewrote History of Banned Pesticide
"This misinformation campaign has been remarkably successful not just in reaching journalists, but their audience."

How 'Bout Them Apples
"A new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows apples, as well as some other fruits and vegetables, are so contaminated parents should consider substituting items known to be lower in pesticides."

Bureaucrats to Fat Cats
"EWG examined the current employment of former top pesticide regulators at the U.S. EPA. Our analysis found that two thirds of the highest ranking officials since the program was established now receive at least part of their paycheck from pesticide interests actively fighting EPA efforts to protect infants and children from pesticides."

Ban Dursban Now
"A massive government review has concluded that the most widely used insecticide in the United States poses excessive safety risks to millions of American each year who are exposed when they use the chemical to kill bugs in their homes or gardens, or consume food contaminated with the compound."

Banned Pesticide, Others Found on Washington State Apples
"Despite an August ban by the federal government on an apple pesticide, recent tests of State of Washington apples show dangerous levels of the bug killer and other agriculture chemicals on the fruit."

A Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce - Summary

A Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce - Full Story

The Twelve Most Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables

Articles by Leo Galland, M.D.

Eating Safely in a Polluted World: Part I
You Don't Have to Choose between Microbes and Chemicals!

Eating Safely in a Polluted World: Part II
Maintain a Safe Supply of Food and Drink

Eating Safely in a Polluted World: Part III
Hazards of Organochlorines

Articles from Dr. Joseph Mercola

Pesticides May Increase Parkinson's Risk

Pesticides Linked to Stillbirths

Pesticides May Decrease Male Fertility



Dursban - The Ban That Wasn't
from MotherJones.com
Food Irradiation

Stop Food Irradiation Project
from Organic Consumers Association

Frequently Asked Questions About Food Irradiation
from Organic Consumers Association

Why We Don't Like Food Irradiation
from Organic Consumers Association

OTHER RESOURCES

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Environment and Human Health, Inc.

Environmental Working Group

Organic Consumers Association

Organic Farming Research Foundation

OrganicFood.co.uk

Organic-Research.com

Terra Viva Organics

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture of the book or the title to order.

 

D. Lindsey Berkson, Hormone Deception

Theo Colborn, et. al., Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?
Dan Fagin, et. al., Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law, and Endangers Your Health

John Wargo, Our Children's Toxic Legacy: How Science and Law Fail to Protect Us from Pesticides


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