Non-organic Produce

Excerpt from Wellness Warriors Book

The question of which is best, organic or non-organic is laughable – we live in such an age of spin. Of course, a non-organic fruit or vegetable cannot be more nutritious than its organic counterpart unless one or the other has been tampered with artificially. If health or wellness is your concern, your first and only question should be…

“Can I do harm to my body by eating non-organic fruit and vegetables?”

And the answer is a resounding yes, you can, very much so, evidently.

There are traces of toxic substances both on and inside nonorganic produce from the soil, composts, fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides used during the growth cycle. These are harmful to the human body and maybe a big part of the problem of toxic accumulation and damage.

In contrast, no harmful chemicals are used in the growing process of organic produce.

So you can use your common sense to decide whether you should eat organic or not. If you are trying to ingest more nutrients and avoid chemicals that are toxic to your body, then it has to be organic – every time.

Ready to go 100% organic?

If you’re still not convinced, let me ask you a question…

If you grew salad leaves, herbs and vegetables in your garden, would you be happy to use your next door neighbours poo to fertilise your plants?

No, of course your wouldn’t.

How about, if we filtered your neighbours poo, taking out the solids and then treated what remains with chemicals to try and kill as much bacteria as we can in an attempt to make it safe enough for you to use as a fertiliser? Would you be happy to use it on your plants now?

Probably not…

The use of “biosolids” is the final nail in the coffin for all nonorganic food. This harmless sounding word describes the dark practice of using human faecal matter to fertilise our non-organic food crops. Water company’s around the world have been selling treated human excrement to farmers for over 20 years and in Europe, the UK is the top user followed closely by Spain.

Recent sewage sludge production and quantities recycled to agriculture in the 27 EU Member States (after Gendebien, A., 2009)
Non-organic Produce

In 2009, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released results from its survey initiative, Targeting National Sewage Sludge Survey (TNSSS), which measures chemical concentrations in land-based biosolids application areas.

Recent sewage sludge production and quantities recycled to agriculture in the 27 EU Member States (after Gendebien, A., 2009)

Out of 84 samples:

• 27 metals are found in virtually every sample with antimony found in no less than 72 samples;

• Of six semi-volatile organics and polycyclic aromatic hydro-carbons (PAHs), four are found in 72 samples, one is found in 63 samples and one found in 39 samples;

• Of 72 pharmaceuticals, three (i.e. ciprofloxacin, diphenhydramine, and triclocarban) are found in all 84 samples, nine are found in at least 80 samples;

• Of 25 steroids and hormones, three steroids are found in 84 samples and six are found in 80 samples; and,

• All flame retardants, except one, are found in nearly every sample.

You will be happy to know that organic farmers can not use biosolids or sewage sludge at any time during cultivation.

Source: (i)

Although there are laws governing the safe levels of metals and bacteria in biosolids, the pharmaceuticals that are finding their way into the final product are not currently governed at all and are largely ignored.