Organic Food Association, an international organization that promotes organic agriculture and promotes organic food consumption. It states:
It says: Very few clinical studies have directly addressed the impact of organic food on human health, other than those that focused on animals. However, in the present period, many health issues are still attributed to conventionally grown vegetables. In part, this is because conventional vegetable production relies on chemical fertilizers and pesticides that are toxic to humans and animals. Many health problems still go undiagnosed because of this, even though the pesticides used to protect plants are known carcinogens.
According to Dr Herbert Schwartz, “The evidence points to residues from pesticides and fertilizers as a major factor in ailments such as cancer, infertility, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, digestive disorders, asthma, allergies, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, gallstone disease, hypertension, Lupus, kidney stones, macular degeneration and obesity.” This is further substantiated by an investigation carried out by the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health, which concluded, “Organic vegetables may be more toxic to humans than non-organic vegetables.” Further research has revealed that exposure to pesticides results in increased levels of certain chemicals in the bloodstream. The concentration of these chemicals is higher than with conventionally grown vegetables.
The human health problems caused by organic food and the toxic substances consumed during organic food processing are two-sided. People who consume unpolluted foods are more likely to have optimal physical well-being, including better eyesight, clearer skin, less body pain, and fewer illnesses. The reduction of chemical toxins in the body leads to less chance of serious illness developing in an individual. A person becomes less susceptible to illness when the quality of the soil in which they live and their diet reflects their health and well being. This is especially important for people living in areas where the soil is treated with pesticides.
The human health implications of organic food processing may also extend to the animal kingdom. Animals raised for food include cows, horses, chicken and pork, all of which are fed chemical-laden feeds. Chemical toxins and pesticides can enter human bloodstreams through the skin and injection of waste from these animals, resulting in the absorption of these toxins into the body. Human cells absorb vitamins from the food they consume, but these nutrients must travel several routes before reaching their intended destination. This increases the risk of vitamin toxicity from exposure to contaminated food and increases the likelihood of developing health conditions such as cancer and chronic disease.
You cannot ignore the human health impacts of organic food processing. The chemical ingredients used in conventional farming methods pose significant threats to human health. By switching to organic food, people can help to reduce their risks of disease and illness and enhance the overall quality of life.