Organic Food vs. Conventional: What the Stanford Study Missed (a nice dose of pesticides with your conventional veggies, oh yum)

UPDATE: see the end of the post

From Inspired Bites with Robyn O’Brien:

Yesterday’s report out of Stanford that organic foods may not be much healthier or more nutritious than their conventional counterparts has caused quite a stir.

A deeper investigation into the study reveals a few things that the researchers failed to report.

Yes, to put it bluntly the study IGNORED all the below ingredients which are toxic…all it looked at was vitamins and minerals…the media did a SHAMEFUL job of reporting this study and did so in such a way that blatantly supports big agriculture and factory farming…which is all totally repulsive whether one is capable of nuance or not. The study seems to want to pretend it’s looking at shades of gray.

So what did it ignore? From Inspired Bites again:

  • antibiotics
  • artificial growth hormones
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • artificial dyes (made from coal tar and petrochemicals)
  • artificial sweeteners
  • synthetically created chemical pesticide and fertilizers
  • genetically engineered proteins and ingredients
  • sewage sludge
  • irradiation

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, these added ingredients are actually what differentiate organic foods from their conventional counterparts. Yet nowhere in that Stanford study, comparing organic food to conventional, are these things measured. There is no measure of the insecticidal toxins produced by a genetically engineered corn plant, no measure of the added growth hormones used in conventional dairy, no measure of the fact that 80% of the antibiotics used today are used on the chicken, pork, beef and animals that we eat. (read more)

So this kind of reporting that blatantly undermines the health of everyone eating conventional food is dangerous and misleading.  I’ve been forced to get serious about food and what I put in my body since I’ve become so ill. Many people are not aware that what they eat may be harming them, so this kind of reporting is downright criminal even if based in ignorance. Most chronic illness across the board responds to healthy living and I’ve got to heal from this gross toxic iagtrogenesis which at this point in my mind isn’t just about pharma, but all the toxins I’ve been forced to ingest, breathe and absorb my whole life time…pharma may have been the sludge in the stew, so to speak (rather than icing on the cake) but it’s with the whole toxic environment that we are harming our bodies and the planet. Sadly, nobody gets to escape from this. And we all need to know the gravity of the situation if we can hope to repair it. People like to imagine those of us who see the writing on the wall, those of us who are clearly canaries in the coal mine, are exaggerating, but it’s sadly very obvious to anyone who is paying attention to the right markers.

Another excerpt from a post about the Stanford Study from Michael Pollan coming at it from a different and also important perspective:

I think we’re kind of erecting a straw man and then knocking it down, the straw man being that the whole point of organic food is that it’s more nutritious. The whole point of organic food is that it’s more environmentally sustainable. That’s the stronger and easier case to make. (read more)

The fact is our food supply and how we eat is hurting us and our environment both and in more ways than most of us can even begin to imagine. How our food is grown is one part of that puzzle.

I have another post on Beyond Meds that also features Robyn O’Brien’s work. She wrote one of the articles I link to today above. Robyn O’Brien was triggered to action when one of her children had a reaction to food. Her experience and what she shares in the video in the following post is an important part of the picture. It can serve as a great introduction to the issue of what has happened to our national food supply if one hasn’t considered it before.

In order to heal many of us need to radically change our diets. Robyn suggests that perhaps all of us in America should be concerned about our food supply and the health and wellbeing of our children as well as ourselves: Eating real whole food is important to our mental and physical wellbeing

UPDATE: more news from a twitter update of Robin O’Brien: Today, headlines are circulating that one of the researchers for the Stanford study was hired by the Tobacco Institute in 1976 to conduct this same level of analysis, a meta-analysis, to cast doubt on cigarettes’ harm: Organic Food Debunker was Tobacco Institute Researcher in 1976

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