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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.

So, to make a general statement that women care more about organic food than men is not exactly going out on a limb.

While many men may perceive organic food to be a nuisance or something that they don’t need to worry about, a report out of Harvard is sure to make them change their minds.

A Harvard study concluded that dietary exposure to pesticides has been linked to “a lower total sperm count and a lower percentage of morphologically normal sperm among men.”

338 semen samples were taken from 155 men, in an 18-month period from 2007 to 2012. In each sample, the concentration of sperm and level of movement were evaluated by computer-aided semen analysis (CASA). Fruits and vegetables were categorized as containing high or low-to-moderate pesticide residues based on data from the annual USDA Pesticide Data Program.

What the results showed was that the quantity of fruit and vegetable intake did not matter. What did matter was whether the fruit and vegetable intake contained high levels of pesticide residues, such as conventional strawberries, spinach and peppers.

After taking into account confounding factors, such as weight and lifestyle habits, researchers found that men exposed to the highest levels of pesticide residues through fruit and vegetable consumption had almost 50% fewer sperm and more abnormally shaped sperm than men who consumed the least amount of pesticides.

In his conclusions, Jorge Chavarro, the study’s senior author, unsurprisingly said that “Implementing strategies specifically targeted at avoiding pesticide residues, such as consuming organically-grown produce or avoiding produce known to have large amounts of residues, may be the way to go.”

For me, it is not “may be the way to go.” Eating organic is the only way to go.

And if pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables are having this kind of impact on our sperm, imagine the harm that pesticides are causing to the rest of our body?


If you’ve been eating non-organic food your entire life, there is no reason to panic. Based on studies, it has been proven that switching to an organic diet can reduce pesticide exposure by up to 90%.

But don’t delay in getting started with organic.

Here are some other things that may be helpful.

* To understand the priority of which organic foods should be eaten first, make sure to read my post — Should You ALWAYS Eat Organic?

* To find out which fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of pesticides, here is The Dirty Dozen.

It is important to remember that anything not on the Dirty Dozen list does not mean that conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables can be consumed. It simply means that these 12 are the most sprayed.

* If you are eating fruits and vegetables, even organic ones, you must use a fruit and vegetable wash.

The only one I use and recommend is from Vermont Soap Organics called Produce Magic.

* If you are really serious about your health, it is critical that you get an air purifier for your home or office. Air pollution has been deemed to be more harmful than passive smoking.

By far, the best air purifier on the market is The Intellipure, and it is the one I run 24/7 in my apartment.

* Share this post with all of your friends and family, so they can know the truth about how harmful pesticides truly are.

A message from Tradin Organic

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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Organic Insider


A Very, Very Dangerous Precedent: FDA Approves Genetically-Engineered Salmon

Just a few hours ago, the FDA declared that GE-salmon is as safe to eat as non-GE salmon and has given its approval for it to be sold to consumers.

Despite the fact that:

– Over 400,000 comments were submitted demanding that genetically-engineered salmon be rejected.

– More than 300 environmental, consumer, health and animal welfare organizations, salmon and fishing groups and associations, food companies, chefs, and restaurants filed joint statements with the FDA opposing approval.

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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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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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The EPA Continues to Ignore the Danger of Atrazine, Which is Ruining Our Water Supply and Putting Our Health in Jeopardy

One of the reasons that many of us purchase organic is because we don’t want to put food into our bodies that contains synthetic chemicals.

Yet even though we may not eat conventionally-grown food ourselves, we still need to be very aware (and concerned) about what is going on in the non-organic world. Why?

Because the toxic chemicals that are sprayed on conventionally-grown food end up in the water supply.

And the EPA is not doing its job when it comes to protecting the integrity of our water.

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