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Eating Organic Food Means Less Pesticides Study, But Not So According to Forbes


This is how the media can spin some news. Living Maxwell reported:  In a just-released, peer-reviewed study, four families across the country were fed both an organic and non-organic diet, and the ones who ate all organic saw their pesticide load drop by as much as 95%. Led by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, four families from cities around the U.S. — Atlanta, Baltimore, Oakland and Minneapolis — were fed both an organic and non-organic diet, each for six days.

What the results showed were that an organic diet rapidly and dramatically reduced exposure to pesticides in just one week. Levels of all detected chemicals dropped an average of 60.5% with a range of 37% to 95%, depending on the compound.

What was Forbes magazine version? Their headline: “That New Organic Study Doesn’t Really Show Lower Pesticide Levels.”

The Forbes article claimed: The study primarily tested for the kinds of pesticides allowed in conventional agriculture, and not the pesticides allowed on organic farms. So what the study actually shows is fairly obvious: people won’t flush out what they aren’t eating.”

“The study also doesn’t say anything about whether there’s a health risk associated with conventional pesticide residues, since the mere presence of a chemical in urine isn’t necessarily an unhealthy or dangerous sign.”

So there you go even though it’s obvious eating organic is a healthy choice to avoid toxic pesticides agro-chemical industry aligned publications will try their best to dilute and distort information.

Oh and Forbes also claims: Whether organic or conventional, the bottom line is that trace levels of pesticides on food don’t actually pose much of a health risk to eaters.

Even though the Envirnmental Working Group report cited by Forbes actually concluded – “some pesticides pose health dangers to people.” “By eating organic products, consumers can lower their exposure to pesticides”

The Forbes pro-GMO journalist who wrote both articles participated in a counter-protest at a Washington DC March Against Monsanto, and she writes for the pro-GMO Genetic Literacy Project site and advocates or the safety of glyphosate.

In stark contrast the Guardian reported that families in the study – “would discover that after only six days on an organic diet, every single person would see significant drops in those pesticides, including several linked to increased risk of autism, cancer, Parkinson’s, infertility, and other significant impacts on health.”  “Choosing organic can protect you from exposure to toxic pesticides.”

Of the 14 chemicals tested, every single member of every family had detectable levels. After switching to an organic diet, these levels dropped dramatically. The pesticides included malathion and chlorpyrifos.


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