Eating Organic- Abigail Rus-Neacsu

Abigail Rus-Neacsu                  12-24-2013

Thesis:

Eating organic foods is beneficial because of its lack of insecticides and pesticides, its automatic non-GMO label, and overall better nutrition and taste.

Topical Outline:

  1. Lack of insecticides and pesticides
    1. Harmful effect of insecticides
      1. Environmental contamination
      2. Developing fetuses  most susceptible to illness and/or death from insecticides
    2. Harmful effect of pesticides
      1. Environmental contamination
      2. Has a wide range of human hazards
  2. Non-GMO Label
    1. Reproductive system at risk
      1. Mortality rate in babies and health issues rising
      2. People who eat GMO have problems with infertility
      3. GMO foods induce production of  toxins
      4. Causes many diseases
      5. Kills animals
  3. Overall better nutrition and taste
    1. Fresher
    2. More nutrients

 

 

Summary:

Eating organic foods is beneficial because of its lack of insecticides and pesticides, its automatic non-GMO label, and overall better nutrition and taste. There are countless benefits and almost no cons. This paper will expand briefly on why its lack of insecticides and pesticides, its automatic non-GMO label, and overall better nutrition and taste make it the way to eat. Here are some factors of why avoiding insecticides and pesticides is important.  The use of insecticides cause environmental contamination which affects the air, water, and ground the vegetables and fruits grow in.  It can kill animals and will cause bothersome symptoms and sometimes death in humans. The worst part is that fetuses are significantly affected by insecticides having “a negative impact on fetal growth and neurological effects, as well as increasing the risk of childhood leukemia…” (54% of Pregnant Women Use Insecticides That Are Harmful to the Fetus, Spanish Study Shows 2013). Pesticides also cause environmental contamination. (THE PROBLEM WITH PESTICIDES n.d.). Pesticides also have a wide range of human hazards including “cancer, reproductive harm, endocrine disruption, nerve, skin, and eye irritation and damage, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and systemic poisoning, and occasional death…” (THE PROBLEM WITH PESTICIDES n.d.). Avoiding these substances will be very beneficial. Genetically modified foods can also share some of the same effects.  They cause harmful effects in the reproductive system. Because of GMO foods “in the US population, the incidence of low birth weight babies, infertility, and infant mortality are all escalating. Among the population, biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute warns that ‘children are the most likely to be adversely effected by toxins and other dietary problems’ related to GM foods. He says without adequate studies, the children become ‘the experimental animals’.” (Smith 2009) Genetically modified organisms also cause infertility. (Pulse 2013) Genetically modified foods also produce toxins which can cause headaches, itching, etc. (Smith 2009) In rats, GMO’s seem to produce a negative effect and cause many diseases. Scientists also question new strains of diseases and other symptoms as caused by GMO’s. (Pulse 2013) Animals likewise are being affected. Animals all over the world are dying and investigation quite often traces back the cause of death by GMO’s. Eating organic foods is an easy way to avoid these genetic mutants. Lastly, organic foods preserve the original taste given to them in the first place. Try comparing an organic tomato with a genetically modified one. They don’t taste the same. Many people find the taste of organic much more pleasant. But one of the most important values of organic foods is that they have more nutrients. “There is mounting evidence that organically grown foods generate more nutrients and fewer nitrates.” (Meyerowitz n.d.) In the end, there is abundant evidence that organic foods are the way to go. There are not enough words to explain the value of eating organic. Because of its lack of insecticides and pesticides, its automatic non-GMO label, and overall better nutrition and taste, organic foods prove themselves invaluable.

 

 

 

Works Cited:

“THE PROBLEM WITH PESTICIDES” http://www.toxicsaction.org/problems-and-solutions/pesticides

“54% of Pregnant Women Use Insecticides That Are Harmful to the Fetus, Spanish Study Shows” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130620100832.htm

Pulse, Sustainable  “Dr Swanson: GMOs Cause Increase in Chronic Diseases, Infertility and Birth Defects”  http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/04/27/dr-swanson-gmos-and-roundup-increase-chronic-diseases-infertility-and-birth-defects/#.UroSD_RDuSo

Smith, Jeffrey M. “Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food” http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/health-risks/articles-about-risks-by-jeffrey-smith/Doctors-Warn-Avoid-Genetically-Modified-Food-May-2009

Meyerowitz, Steve “Are Organic Foods More Nutritious?” http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-46