As natural-minded mothers, we know clean and green is better for us. But now, a new study that looked at the dramatic drop of pesticides in the members of four families across the country after they spent a week of eating organic foods shows that we need to take what goes into our bodies more seriously than ever. The science is there: eating organic reduces pesticides in our bodies.
Our foods are assaulted by chemicals regularly. Heck, not just our foods…our yards…our furniture…our clothing…our children’s playgrounds.
It seems like ‘natural’ is unnatural unless you’re actually seeking it out these days.
And as pesticides and chemicals are routinely sprayed on foods, it’s no surprise that glyphosate, the main ingredient in the controversial weedkiller Roundup, shows up in our bodies in pretty significant quantities.
That’s why a group of researchers decided to see what would happen to the levels of glyphosate in our bodies if we were to turn to an organic diet. They first looked at the levels of pesticides in the members of four families in the country: Minneapolis, MN; Baltimore, MD; Oakland, CA; and Atlanta, GA. They then measured the levels of pesticides in each of the members of the four families and were shocked by the results.
After the families switched to an organic diet for just SIX days, their levels of glyphosate dropped by 70%.
Scott Hersrud is a father of three and his family participated in the study from Minneapolis. He said that he couldn’t believe the change, and wondered if his kids had that much difference in their levels, what could other families do to improve their health.
The study is part of a larger, more comprehensive scientific analysis that shows switching to an organic diet quickly and significantly reduces exposure to pesticides and pesticide levels in the body.
The scary question, though, is WHY IS THIS NOT THE NORM?
Why is organic food SO MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE?
Why are we OKAY with killing the general public in the name of a few pennies?
Why, why is it so hard to live an organic life?
We’ve known glyphosate has carcinogenic potential sine 1983. But enter big lobbyist and big money in the form of Monsanto (bought by Bayer in 2018) and the poor earth couldn’t bear the brunt of marketing dollars. The use of glyphosate has only grown, with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, and we use the word ‘protection’ lightly) increasing the threshold for the use of glyphosate. They okayed levels nearly 300 times higher than levels deemed safe in the 1990s, and seems to look the other way when study after study shows the concerns about detectable levels of glyphosate.
In this study, the research team found glyphosate in the sample of every participant, even the children as young as four. Andreina Febres of Oakland, CA was participating with her family and said she wanted to get the pesticides out of her and her family’s bodies.
Other countries do this. They focus on their people and their land. The EU announced they’re halving the use of pesticides by 2030 and working to transition to at least 25% organic agriculture asap. It can be done, but not if the government keeps putting pesticides and profits over people and proliferation.
We need to demand more affordable organic options from our retailers and vendors. We need to make organic and clean a norm, and not because we’re choosing it as a shopping preference for a ‘crunchy’ lifestyle, but because it saves our children and saves our planet.
The science is clear. Eat clean, stay clean. Eat junk?
Well, we think there’s a reason so many childhood illnesses (and cancers in Generation X, the first to really be raised on fast-food culture) are taking our world by storm…and it starts with what we put in our bodies.