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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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How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

For more than a decade, Tradin Organic has been working with local partners in The Philippines to bring a diversified range of organic products to the market, such as coconut oil, tropical fruits and even cocoa.

The company is helping to support local farmers by assisting them with technical support and organic certification, in addition to paying Fairtrade premium on top of the organic premium.

Learn more.

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Another Reason to Eat Organic – Toxic Flame Retardants Found in Conventional Food

I almost fell over in my chair the other day when I read this one in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

In nearly half of the samples tested, researchers found traces of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in peanut butter, cold cuts, turkey, beef, and other fatty foods.

So what is HBCD exactly?

It is a flame retardant commonly used in the foam insulation of building walls, upholstered furniture, automobile interior textiles, car cushions and electronic equipment.

How toxic is it and who is concerned about it?

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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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GMO Impossible Burger Tests Positive for Glyphosate

As Beyond Meat’s very successful IPO is bringing a lot of attention to the alt-protein category, it is important to take a look at what exactly are in these food products.

One popular name in this space is the Impossible Burger, a product we first wrote about in 2017 when Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents uncovered that the FDA disagreed with the company’s safety assessments of the burger’s main ingredient — soy leghemoglobin. However, the company continued selling it to the public anyhow without informing consumers about the FDA’s very serious concerns.

The issue this time around with the Impossible Burger is the amount of glyphosate that it contains.

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Another Reason to Eat Organic – Arsenic, Caffeine, Antidepressants and Banned Antibiotics are Fed to Chicken

Last year, I put up a post about how arsenic was temporarily banned for use in conventional chickens.

Whether conventional chicken growers actually paid attention to the ban is anyone’s guess, but a column I read yesterday in the New York Times just made me shake my head even further.

In his column, Nicholas Kristof talked about recently released studies that suggest that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and arsenic.

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