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Another Reason to Eat Organic – Pesticides Can Cause Brain Damage to Your Children

Each day, more and more news comes out about the harm that pesticides can do to our bodies.

This time, a report out of Europe says that pesticides can cause brain damage. Yes, brain damage.

The European Parliament wanted to know which one was healthier — organic food or conventional food – and asked experts to look into the most recent research.

As reported by The Independent, there were two studies that raised real eyebrows with the authors of this report.

1) A study out of California looked at children whose mothers had traces of organophosphates – the basis for many pesticides, herbicides and insecticides – in their blood during pregnancy.

For those kids who were exposed to these organophosphates, the children were more likely to have “adverse mental development at two years of age, attention problems at three-and-a-half and five years, and poorer intellectual development at seven years.”

2) In another study that experts looked at, it was estimated that 13 million IQ points are lost per year as a result of pesticides, which represents over $100 billion across the EU.

Making matters worse is that the report suggests that this number is likely to be an underestimation. The number failed to take into account the possible impact that pesticides and other chemicals had on Parkinson’s, diabetes and some types of cancer. So, very easily, the number could be higher.

My blog is filled with examples of how pesticides cause harm to humans (pesticides are linked to lower sperm count and quantity in men, atrazine is linked to endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, and cancer, and glyphosate “probably causes cancer” to humans are just a few), and unfortunately, brain damage is just another part of the body that these chemicals damage.

The evidence is overwhelming and convincing, and the European Parliament agrees. Organic food is the much healthier and safer choice.

So, please do yourself a favor and have your family start eating organic today.

If you’re unsure which organic foods should be the priority, make sure to read my important post Should you ALWAYS Eat Organic?

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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.

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Why Tradin Organic is Prioritizing Regenerative Organic Farming

At Tradin Organic, we believe that regenerative organic farming is key to growing healthy and nutritious food ingredients — for now and for future generations.

And in Sierra Leone, we have grown the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified cacao.

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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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What is Regenerative Organic Certified and Why it Could Become the New Gold Standard in Organic

If you are a consumer or participant in the organic industry, something new is set to hit the marketplace that you absolutely want to know about, and it is called the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC).

Started by three organizations — Patagonia, Dr. Bronner’s and Rodale Institute — the certification aims to raise the bar for what organic represents.

But contrary to what one might believe, it is not a substitution for the USDA organic seal. Instead, it adds onto the USDA organic seal and is referred to as an “add-on” label. The USDA organic seal is a requirement, or a baseline, in order for a company to receive the ROC certification.

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