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Your Children Have Pesticides in their Bodies – Remove these Chemicals with an Organic Diet

It is a proven fact that our children are born with a shocking number of harmful chemicals in their bodies.

A study from the Environmental Working Group showed that 232 toxic chemicals were found in 10 cord blood samples of infants.

Some of the chemicals included BPA (a hormone disruptor), toxic flame retardants, synthetic fragrances used in common cosmetics and detergents, and PFBA, which is used to make non-stick and grease-, stain- and water-resistant coatings for cookware, textiles, food packaging and other consumer products.

Environmental Defence in Canada tested the umbilical cord blood of three anonymous newborns, finding a total of 137 chemicals overall. The number of toxins in each baby’s cord blood ranged from 55 to 121.

Again, researchers found pesticides, flame retardants, PCBs, and PFCs found in non-stick coatings.

If you combine these two studies with the fact that glyphosate is found in 75% of air and rain samples, it is clear that we are bombarded by super-toxic chemicals everywhere. (Glyphosate is Monsanto’s weedkiller which the World Health Organization said “probably causes cancer”, and California’s EPA said that it intends to declare that glyphosate “causes cancer”.)

What should parents do, knowing that so many harmful chemicals are lurking in the bodies of their children?

Feed them organic food.

While giving kids organic food may seem like strictly a preventative measure, it is much more than that. Organic food will actually lessen the pesticide load in a child’s body.

This has been confirmed by new research published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives, which found that an organic diet dramatically decreased concentrations of certain pesticides in two groups of California children.

Conducted by researchers at the University of California – Berkeley, University of Maryland, and Emory University, the study enrolled 40 Mexican-American children, half of which were from an urban neighborhood in Oakland and the other half were from Salinas Valley, a region that grows 70% of the nation’s lettuce. All of the kids were between 3 and 6 years old.

When the scientists replaced non-organic food with organic food in the kids’ diets, the results were shocking.

In each group, the number of pesticides in the children, as measured by breakdown products (metabolites), dropped in a dramatic fashion.

Metabolites of two neurotoxic pesticides fell by an average of 40% and 49%. Levels of the weedkiller 2,4-D, a possible carcinogen, dropped by 25%.

The key takeaway is this. It is never too late to have your child, or yourself, start eating organic food.

Organic will not only help protect your child in the future, but it can undo the harm done in the past.

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Another Reason to Eat Organic — No Potassium Bromate in Your Bread

If you are a bread lover, which so many of us are, there is just another reason why you should be eating organic: potassium bromate.

Potassium bromate is an additive used in flour which strengthens the dough and allows it to rise higher. Furthermore, it gives the finished bread an appealing white color.

But, the problem is that this additive is also linked to cancer.

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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.

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5 Essential Ways to Avoid Genetically-Modified Food (GMOs)

Recently, I got an e-mail from a reader asking how she would know if she is eating genetically-modified soy or not.

Figuring that many other people may have that same question, I wanted to explain how to avoid eating genetically-modified food (GMOs) and the things that you need to look out for.

#1 – Buy USDA Certified Organic Products  GMOs are prohibited in organic food. Therefore, look for products that contain the USDA certified organic seal.

Even though GMOs are prohibited in organic, organic crops can be contaminated by GMOs through cross-pollination and drift. (That is why the proliferation of GMOs is a real threat to organic farming. The co-existence of GM-crops and organic crops is simply not possible, despite what our government would like us to believe.)

USDA rules require that organic certifiers test samples from at least 5% of the operations they certify on an annual basis.

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Another Reason to Support Organic — Organic “Hotspots” Significantly Boost Local Economies

While there are many reasons why we should support organic food, we now have yet another one: organic boosts local economies.

In a new study by the Organic Trade Association called U.S Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies, it has been found that organic food and crop production – and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture – creates real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities.

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