Organic foods avoid pesticide
When people try to add vegetables to their diet,
not only are they faced with the decision on what
varieties to eat, but also how they want their
Organic foods, which are foods grown without the
use of pesticides or artificial chemicals, have risen in
popularity as people become wary of what effect
chemicals can have on the body.
Empirical evidence showing the advantages of
organic foods is still debated. The long-term effect of
pesticides in foods remains unknown.
Some of these chemicals used to fertilize and
grow produce may contain hormone-disrupting chemicals
that can cause behavioral and mood changes as well as
cancer. In Europe, pesticides such as lindane and
carbendazim have now been banned for their effects on
human hormone production.
Some health agencies recommend pregnant women
should eat organic food to reduce exposure to chemicals.
One study by the Royal Society in Britain said eating
organic food reduced exposure to harmful
Yet other groups say there is no evidence to
support nutritional superiority of organic food. The
Food Standards Agency reported in 2000 that organic food
does not differ in safety or effect on the consumer from
other commercially produced food.
Another study, however, by Virginia Worthington,
Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore
comparing the composition of vegetables grown under
different farming conditions showed organically grown
produce contained more minerals and vitamins.
Among all the vegetables tested, organically
grown vegetables were 29 percent higher in magnesium, 27
percent higher in vitamin C and 21 percent higher in
iron. In the same study, organic crops had fewer
nitrates and toxic heavy metals than their
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