IS ORGANIC WORTH IT?
While ideally it would be best to buy local and organic produce, this is not always practical due to price, seasonality and accessibility.
Get familiar with this list from the @pesticideactionnetworkuk (PAN) #CleanFifteen and #DirtyDozen to see which produce is the most heavily sprayed and should ALWAYS be bought organic. I personally buy all berries, root vegetables, and leafy greens organic as well.
⚠️DECREASED EXPOSURE TO TOXINS
When we buy organic, we greatly DECREASE OUR EXPOSURE to #glyphosate and other chemical pesticides which disrupt our gut microbiome, impair our endogenous detox pathways (CYP450), and cause endocrine dysfunction. However, organic does NOT necessarily mean pesticide-free. But it does ensure that synthetic chemicals and GMOs are not used.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says that glyphosate is safe. However, most of their research is provided by the industry which created the herbicide. They haven’t tested the various individual commercial formulations. And regulation safety tests on mammals cover a short period, maximum 90 days. No-one knows the effect of longterm exposure to these toxic chemicals.
This is worrying, because independent research indicates that glyphosate is not only possibly carcinogenic, but that it also affects the body’s endocrine system – causing problems in the liver and kidneys. Industry testers dispute this, but interestingly have declined to reveal all the results of their safety tests.
Research from MIT explored the effect of GBHs (glyphosate based herbicides) on the human gut and concluded that interference with gut enzymes gives rise to many diseases such as gastrointestinal disorders, obesity and diabetes. Another paper from the University of Canterbury revealed that glyphosate can increase our antibiotic resistance– a global health problem is looming on the horizon.
Organic food tends to contain MORE PHYTONUTRIENTS AND ANTIOXIDENTS. This is because when plants have to naturally fight to defend themselves from harsh conditions, water and nutrient deficiencies, and injury, they produce more phytonutrients and antioxidants. These biologically active compounds are crucial for optimal health and fighting disease.
A 2016 paper from the #SoilAssociation showed that glyphosate formulations destroy the micro organisms in healthy soil, affect earthworms, impact fungi and have been linked to an increase in severity and re-emergence of crop diseases.
A 2019 paper from San Paulo State University, Brazil, shows that glyphosate formulations profoundly affect the algae in fresh water. Researchers have also found traces of glyphosate in wells, ground waters and reservoirs across Europe and the UK. Water contamination is probably as a result of drift from spraying, or from soil run off and erosion.
💁IF WE CAN’T GO ORGANIC
There are some easy cleaning techniques you can use on conventionally raised produce.
🚿HOW TO CLEAN YOUR VEGETABLES: Use 10 mg/mL baking soda wash solution for 12-15 minutes. Or add a couple tablespoons of apple cider/regular vinegar to a medium bowl, or add a full cup to your sink filled with water and soak produce for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to give it a final rinse and pat it dry before storing!