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1. What are Organic foods?

"Food grown without the use of:

a. Toxic Pestides(are chemical compounds that are used to kill pests, including insects, rodents, fungi and unwanted plants (weeds). Pesticides are used in public health to kill vectors of disease, such as mosquitoes, and in agriculture, to kill pests that damage crops.

b. Herbicides: A substance that is toxic to plants, and is often used to destroy unwanted vegetation.

c. Fungicides: A chemical that destroys fungus

d. Chemical fertilisers: "A chemical or natural substance added to soil or land to increase its fertility"

In the US, to receive organic certification, fields must be farmed for a minimum of 3 years toassure that microorganisms have to time to digest and eliminate chemical residues that may be left in the soil from previous exposure. This means farmers operating in this 3 years period can label their food as "organically grown".

2. Why you should eat Organic:

a. Pesticides, fungicides, chemical fertilisers, herbicides destroy our soils, which then destroy plants, animals, and ultimately, humans depend on them.

b. Promotes a health you by having Less toxins (Because you cant control irrigation of water, and air.

c. Paul provides a counter argument to those which are against organic farms, especially Manfred Kroger Ph.D (on pages 56-57 of HTEMBH). My intepretation of discussion: looking at lunch items in a school, to see if the professors statement of "not worth worrying about" organic foods. Within the apple, various chemicals are contained within, and the effects of these chemicals are outlined: chlorpyrifos for example being an endocrine disruptor, reproductive abnormalities, etc…

f. Higher levels of primary nutrients like vitamins, minerals, trace mineral, protein, enzyme content, and secondary minerals like phenolic compounds. Media and research generally report that there is no significant different in nutrient value between organic and non-organic foods, but Paul Chek thinks this is virtually impossible when you consider what organic farming entails. Dr Virginia Worthington's research on this difference supports and/or causes Paul Chek to think so. In a lot of research which says there is no difference between organic and inorganic foods, apparently the research methodology of these studies were not valid- like when comparing nutrient value, organic produce was flown in, and inorganic produce was grown locally. Futhermore, primary nutrients and not secondary nutrients were commonly not compared.

Primary nutrients: Protein: Haguhley experiment. Cows which ate organic produce ate less, but produced more milk. Some say this is due to quality of protein in grass. Paul thinks the soil conditions largely determines the range and composition of the amino acids of protein. This is how: inorganic farms use fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, all of which deplete as much as 85% of the microorganicms which are present in organic farms, which depletes the plant of minerals which it needs- minerals, trace minerals, trace elements.

Secondary nutrients May help prevent cancer (research from Copenhagen University) because of high levels of antioxidants called phenolic compounds. These compounds are apparently 10x more efficient at mopping up cancer-causing free radicals in the body than other antioxidants like Vitamins C and E. (pg 6 HTEMBH)

g. Satiation. Apparently you are 30% more full

"To test the difference between a cage-raised chicken and an organic free-range bird, try this demonstration: compare the effort it takes to break the leg away from the thigh on a typical commercially raised chicken versus a free-range chicken, or even better, an organic free-range chicken. You'll probably be amazed to fidn that it is 3x or 4x harder to break the ligaments of the free-range bird's knee joint. Paul has seen the exact same problem with many athletes on garbage food diets that get muscle, ligament, or connective tissue injuries and can't heal, sometimes after years of therapy. Supporting commercially raised farms, supports pesticides use, which affects the lives Of every living creature on earth, be they in the soil, on the soil, in the water, or in the air. We are making every creature sick and progressively killing them! More living species are dying and becoming extinct than ever before in the history Of man.

h. The food you put in your mouth replaces cells somewhere in the body, so all the things which you eat, you might become exactly that in relation to the food you have eaten.

i. Andy galpins review of ‘Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture: a comprehensive review.’ “Extensive & free review of “Organic foods”. Some of the bigger take home’s: 1. There are more Omega 3 FA in organic food, but only “marginal” (ie. it might not be that big of a difference” 3. Overall Organicare generally “better”, it seems. 4. The topic is highly nuanced, and not as much of a slam dunk, on either side, as many claim. Lot’s of problems – not in the concept or teleology, but in execution. I think it’s hard to argue that fresh food harvested in wild are “not any better than those grown in poor quality soil and soaked in sprays”. The tricky part, is everything in between, which probably represents 99% of what most people are consuming. 5. Remember folks, this is a synthesis of the collective body of literature, individual studies are always available that land far outside this general finding. Also, the issue is extremely complex, with most of the issue’s coming from the logistical/feasibility/quality control problems. – so don’t over interprethere.”

3. How to Eat Organic:

a. "certified claimed and is organic food (whenever possible, eat claimed and certified organic food. Paul Chek says Biodynamic farms like the Demeter’s Association is the highest ceritification of organic food). vs certified claimed but not organic food vs non certified organic foods but organic food vs certified non organic food"

b. "Look for CSA (community supported agriculture) schemes. Ask questions- go to farmers market, and find out if there is a farmers association in your town, call the chamber of commerce, and ask if there is a farming association, or an organic farmers association. Research on the internet and check into these things."

c. "When you purchase a bag of potatoes for example, and it says “jim’s certified organic”, go on the internet, and google that, call them, pretend like you are a person moving to the area to start a farm or you interested in buying a farm and going organic, ask them “what does it take for you to become certified by your organisation?”, if the only requirement is money and paperwork and there is no investigation of farm property, and sampling of the soils, and followed by a lab test, and followed by support from the organisaiton to balancve your soil, minerals, and intentify toxins in the soil, followed by a 2 year gestation period where you have to grow under the guidelines of organic farming and then have the soil retested to see if the soil is safe, then it is not a legitimate"

d. "If you cant find certified organic food, go to a local farmers market or call the local business bureau, or look in the phone book for farmers associations, find out who your organic farmers are, organic butchers are, find out who is farming organically at your weekend farmers markets (many don’t have organic certifications because the cost is expensive, and because the of the negative press)."