In simple terms organic foods are grown naturally without all the chemicals that cause many diseases. I have been feeding my human family organic and natural foods for a long time, and it wasn't that easy to purchase organics years ago. Now it is so much easier to purchase organic foods. I know they are a little more expensive, but when it comes to health for us and our furkids wouldn't you think we are worth it.
Ounce for ounce, organic fruits and vegetables are twice as rich in certain nutrients compared to non-organic produce, according to a recent study reported in the Journal of Applied Nutrition.
Greenpeace states that "numerous studies show that many pesticides cause health problems ranging from such long-term chronic effects as cancer, genetic damage, birth defects, harm to the immune system, kidneys and liver, to short-term acute effects such as nerve damage, dizziness, nausea and fatigue."
“Tests Show Lab Rats Thrive on Organic Food,” 2005; article in The Scotsman. A team from the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences conducted a study on 36 rats, feeding one group organic food, the other conventionally grown food. Both groups were monitored to make sure the level of nutrients were the same; both were also given vitamin supplements and all thrived during the experiment. Yet scientists found that "rats fed organically produced food were measurably healthier, in that they slept better, had stronger immune systems and were less obese." The scientists were careful not to “overstate” their findings, saying they did not know why organic food seemed to be healthier for rats.
“Body Burden,” Alan Greene, 2005, article on DrGreene.com; summary and discussion of Body Burden: Pollution in People, a joint project of Environmental Working Group, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and Commonweal. The Body Burden study tested 210 chemicals in a group of nine volunteers and found an average of 91 industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals in the blood and urine, with a total of 167 chemicals found in the group. Of the 167 chemicals found, 76 cause cancer in humans or animals, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development (their combined dangers are unknown; but recent research suggest two chemicals can do hundreds of times the damage as one). None of the participants worked with chemicals or lived near an industrial facility. Diet is a major source of potential chemical exposure. Greene points out that the 210 chemicals tested represent only a fraction of what people are exposed to: “More than 500 chemicals are used in the U.S. as active ingredients in pesticides alone. More than 3,200 chemicals are regularly added to foods.”
Eat organic foods whenever possible to eliminate intake of pesticides, herbicides, and
• Eat a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods to eliminate additives and preservatives.