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Organic food decreases exposure to environmental chemicals and cancer

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Last week the President’s Cancer Panel Report released a report that encourages consumers to choose food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers , antibiotics, and growth hormones all of which may help decrease exposure to environmental chemicals that can increase your risk of contracting cancer.

 

“Exposure to pesticides can be decreased by choosing, to the extent possible, food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers…Similarly, exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat raised without these medications,” according to the landmark report, “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now,” submitted to President Obama by Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr., an oncologist and professor of surgery at Howard University, and Dr. Margaret L. Kripke, an immunologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

 

 

You can read the full report online - Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now (pdf). 

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Did anyone hear this most depressing story on NPR last week that claims that in this study there is no potential health benefits to organic food? http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/04/160395259/why-organic-food-may-not-be-healthier-for-you

 

My thoughts were

1) They don't make any kind of accounting about effects of pesticide exposure and residuals in soil on individuals and communities

2) No discussion about how organics prevent GMO's

3) No discussion about how non-organic methods affect ecosystem health

4) No discussion about higher nutrient values in local organic food from compost

 

-Hannah Harder

www.cheapernuggets.com

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