It’s becoming increasingly obvious that eating organic food is more than just a nice idea, or an optional extra – if we want to get serious about our own health, the health of the planet and creating a sustainable food system that’s realistically going to feed our growing population, it’s absolutely essential.
Sound a bit strong? Two blogs we’ve read recently bring some some convincing evidence to the discussion. This week we’ll share the first one with you, from the US based The Detox Project, who have published the first results of their validated glyphosate testing trial (the details about the testing process are here, if you’re interested). They’ve only published results from the first 131 people who were tested so far, but the results were pretty clear, with 93% of the adults testing positive for glyphosate. If you’re interested, read the results of the study here.
So what? Glyphosate is one of the most used herbicides on the planet, so surely it’s safe for humans, right? Well Monsanto (who makes Roundup, one of the most common brands) would like us to think so, but in March 2015 the World Health Organisation declared that “glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen”, based on the view of 17 top cancer experts from 11 countries, who met to assess the carcinogenity of 5 pesticides. When you delve a bit more into how safety limits are set, it raises all sorts of alarm bells! Read more about whether glyphosate is really safe here.
The 2nd part of the the research study by The Detox Project is asking people to put themselves on an organic diet for three weeks, and then retest themselves, to find out whether this can reduce the amount of glyphosate in your body. This experiment was done with a family in Sweden, with dramatic results – watch the video here.
One of the arguments against eating organic is that it’s too expensive, and it’s undeniable that it often (though by no means always) costs more than its counterpart that has been produced using chemicals. We reckon the real problem is that chemically produced food is too cheap (as we’re currently witnessing with the collapse of the dairy industry), and the real costs of production are not reflected in the retail price. Until we as consumers start paying the real costs of producing food, they are often borne silently either by farmers or the environment.
You know what we reckon is the best solution to this whole mess? Grow your own! This is why we’re so passionate about helping people learn how to grow their own organic fruit (and by extension, other organic produce in their gardens as well). Once you learn the basic skills it’s really not rocket science. If you really want to change the world, look to your own backyard!
If you want to know more about how we help people relearn organic food-growing skills, check out the Grow Great Fruit program here.