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Another Reason to Eat Organic – Lower Your Risk of Cancer by Up to 25%

In the latest President’s Cancer Panel report, it was found that 41% of Americans are going to get cancer and 21% of Americans are going to die from cancer.

What makes these numbers even more sobering is that this data was from a decade ago, and I have heard doctors say that they now believe a minimum of 50% of the population will get cancer at some point in their lives.

Given how deeply cancer has permeated our society, it would seem to make sense that people should be doing whatever they can to avoid contracting this deadly disease.

And according to a recent study out of France, as reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, eating as much organic food as possible is an important strategy to accomplish this.

Researchers at the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale in France looked at the diets of nearly 70,000 adults over an average period of 4.5 years. What they found was:

– The participants who ate the most organic food were 25% less likely to develop cancer. More specifically, these individuals were 73% less likely to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and 21% less likely to develop post-menopausal breast cancer.

– Individuals who ate low-to-medium quality diets yet continued eating organic food experienced a lower risk of cancer.

While critics point to limitations or flaws in the study, such as using an insufficient measure of daily organic food intake or the fact that people who ate organic food were much healthier than those who didn’t, the overall results of the study were consistent with those of the International Agency for Research in Cancer, which found pesticides are cancer-causing in humans.

The findings are also consistent with those of Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, which showed a correlation between organic food consumption and pesticide levels in urine.

For those of us who are organic consumers or advocates, this study is of no surprise at all because we are acutely aware of the dangers of pesticides that are routinely sprayed on our nation’s farms, schools and parks; most notably, glyphosate — the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. Glyphosate was called a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization and is known to the State of California to cause cancer.

Now we have yet another study validating that organic food is of tremendous benefit to your health.

And it could very well save your life.

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Why Organic Food is a MUST for Men — Pesticides Have Been Linked to Lower Sperm Count and Quality

As someone who has eaten close to 100% organic since 2001, my personal experience is that women are more concerned than men about the quality of food they are putting into their bodies.

While this is based on anecdotal evidence, there are a few data points to back this up.

The Pew Research Center’s recent report called The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science concluded that women are more likely to care about GMOs than men.

According to Google Analytics, approximately 2/3rds of Living Maxwell readers – people reading about organic – are women.

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The GMO ‘Golden Rice’ Experiment was an Ethical Disaster – One Shocking New Development

What GMO apologists will constantly tell you is that genetically-modified food is essential to feed the world.

They’ve spent so much money on lobbying and influencing politicians – $572 million from 1999 to 2010 – that a majority of people in Washington D.C. have actually come to believe this nonsense. (University of Michigan’s Catherine Badgley explains here why organic can feed the world.)

But GMOs, we are told, won’t just feed the world. They’ll supposedly nourish it as well.

One prime example of this is GMO ‘Golden Rice’, which was touted as a way to help solve a major global health problem by providing kids adequate amounts of Vitamin A. 

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The Calculated Strategy to Take Down Journalist Carey Gillam Can be Seen as a Step to Dismantle Organic

For anyone who cares about the integrity of organic and the future of our industry, what has transpired with Carey Gillam should be of incredible concern.

Recently released court documents revealed that Gillam, a journalist and author of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, was the target of a carefully-crafted campaign by Monsanto to discredit her.

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