There is no doubt about it: The global demand for organic products is growing rapidly, so much so that tens of countries around the world have already banned chemicals that are so commonly sprayed on conventionally grown food.
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If you are someone who believes that organic farming is unsustainable, he asks, how are many countries (such as Russia, Switzerland and Bulgaria, to name a few) able to feed its citizens in this way? If many countries can successfully grow organic, what is the real reason why countries such as the United States continues to sprinkle billions of pounds of chemicals in our food each year? Is it really only to protect themselves from pests?
Every person on the planet can feed with only 100 square feet of land well managed. In 2008, the Conference of the United Nations Trade and Development Organic supported, saying that organic agriculture can be more conducive to food security in Africa than most conventional production systems, and is more likely to be sustainable in the long term. You can read the full report here .
Below is a video of Kathleen Collins , a specialist in cancer cells at UC Berkely, speaking of methyl iodide shown, and the type of DNA damage it causes. Methyl iodide is still used in our food in some areas, and is still used in some prescription drugs. According to the EPA , (short-term) acute exposure to methyl iodide by inhalation may depress the central nervous system (CNS), irritate the lungs and skin and affect the kidneys. acute massive exposure by inhalation of methyl iodide has also led to pulmonary edema. Acute inhalation exposure of humans to methyl iodide has resulted in nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ataxia, slurred speech, drowsiness, skin blisters, and eye irritation. Chronic exposure (long-term) of humans to methyl iodide by inhalation may affect the central nervous system and cause skin burns. The EPA has not classified methyl iodide for potential carcinogenicity, although scientists like Dr. Collins has made it clear that it should be.
iodide methyl involuntary abortions advanced pregnancy because, contaminates groundwater and is as reliable carcinogen that is used to create cancer cells in laboratories. It is included in the list of chemicals that can cause cancer California Proposition 65. The pesticide poses the most direct risks to agricultural workers and neighboring communities because of the large amounts that would apply to the fields and their tendency to drift off site through the air. The use of methyl iodide is expected to be similar to methyl bromide and could exceed 6-10 million pounds a year in California.
The Witness 90 percent drop scientists in the accumulation of pesticides in the human body after using Organic
This agent is only one of many ingredients used harmful pesticides sprayed on our food. However, there is still hope, since studies have shown that switching to organic products drastically reduces the accumulation of pesticides within the body.
For example, a recent study conducted by researchers at RMIT University, published in Environmental Research journal found that an organic diet of just one week significantly reduced pesticide exposure in adults by 90 percent. ( source )
Cynthia Curl, an assistant professor at the School of Allied Department of Health Sciences Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University, recently published an exposure study pesticides in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The results of his research indicates that among people who eat similar amounts of vegetables and fruits, those who reported eating organic products had significantly less exposure to OP pesticides than conventionally grown produce typically consumed. You can read more about this here .
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Another great example is a supermarket chain in Sweden, who challenged a family to go completely organic for only two weeks. The transition was monitored and studied by the Swedish Institute of Environmental Research to see first hand whether or not an organic diet positively impacted the lives of the family. You can see a video of that experiment and see the results here .
We have extensively covered this issue, and you can find many more items on pesticides and browse the site organic substances. Here is another item you might be interested in reading shown:
methyl iodide appears to be predominantly sprayed on strawberries
Here is another great video for anyone who believes it is not possible to grow sustainably organic products shown. It is being done around the world, and Jim Cochran is one of the many people who do successfully.
The companies that manufacture these pesticides (large biotech companies like Monsanto) have a tremendous amount of power over government policy. Perhaps this is why so much of the world has gone organic, however, North America still lags behind.
The chemical is approved for fumigation in strawberry fields of California at speeds up to 110 pounds per acre largely on 38,000 acres of state in the production of strawberries, with a total of million pounds use. Although methyl iodide is likely to be used mostly in strawberries, it is also registered for use on tomatoes, peppers, nurseries, and soil before replanting orchards and vineyards. Although it is still used throughout the country, which was banned in California a couple of years ago when all this information came to light ( source ).
Image Credit: Pesticide Action Network