I know it's difficult to avoid all the things experts say endanger our health like second hand smoke, drugs, pesticides, radiation through all our techie toys and phones, but we do what we can for the health of it. So if you can, go organic, choose healthy items, stay fit, activate those brain cells. We'll appreciate our efforts as we grow older, er uh, wiser.
Very uninformative video. Either it should be pulled or redone. I fully believe that organic is the way to go with fresh fruits and veggies,meat and dairy. It is very expensive though. I try to stick with the dirty dozen for organic and the clean 15 for non organic. Organic, grass/pasture fed meat is completely outrageous in price so we can't afford it.
I still try to buy organic when I can. I don't like the idea of putting pesticides of any amount into my body. While this video says that studies haven't shown whether the trace amounts of pesticides are harmful to our bodies, let's be real...it's poison meat to kill insects. I can't think they'd be good for our bodies regardless of what tests have or haven't shown. Also, until we (as a society) get a handle on the childhood illnesses, birth defects and mental illnesses plaguing us I don't really want to contribute to putting anything in my body that may make life harder for any future children I have.
I also don't like the idea of putting unnatural hormones and antibiotics into my body, for my own sake and the sake of any children I have. Hormone-based cancer runs in our family and I don't want to contribute to my already heightened risks in any way. And I also don't want to make it harder to recover from illnesses due to an overdose of unnatural & unnecessary antibiotics.
I could be being too cautious, but there's nothing wrong with eating things that are truly natural if you can get them.
I try to eat well and many organic foods are so expensive that there is no way you could afford to eat many of the organic foods. I do eat some organically grown foods, as I have limited area to plant.
Irresponsible to post this. To say that "pesticides in produce have not been proven to harm humans" is to discount vast amounts of research that has been done and is being done on this subject - much of which indicates that pesticide residue does in fact harm humans and other consumers. To say that paying more for organic products may be good for the environment but may not buy us healthier food is to ignore the connection between a healthy environment and our own good health. This video is simplistic and misleading.
Goodness, after watching this video I don't feel more informed at all. I was so glad to look into the comments and see how many people weren't persuaded by his statements "pesticide use isn't bad for you?" please... Who funds this? Monsanto maybe?
Based on the comments, this video was introduced (on Spark) in Aug 2012 and may be getting a little dated. However I very much enjoyed the message: the jury is out on the question of whether foods that meet the USDA technical definition of "organic," actually contribute to improved human health outcomes. This is no surprise as such a claim is very difficult to measure. Persuasive studies take years to complete because health improvements may be subtle, and people who are inclined to use organic foods may also be inclined toward other activities they think might improve health like better nutrition balance, regular exercise, appropriate weight control, and so on. Any of these could contribute to improved health outcomes in addition to, or instead of, organic food choices. In the meantime, organic foods are very unlikely to be harmful, so no health reason to avoid them. A balanced and valuable presentation.
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I buy organic and non GMO foods because of my health and it has improved greatly because of it. I love all the thoughtful coments from everyone it's nice to see so many people about our health and our enviorment
I couldn't take this video seriously after "pesticide levels in regular produce have not been proven to pose a health risk to humans". Get real and serious!
I am also so tired of this human self-centered opinion about organic food: "is it good for us?". What about the planet on which we live? What about other living beings thar we are killing with our pesticides?
And, I am also so tired of this argument: organic food is too expensive! I don't see anyone complaining when they buy a new Apple produce or the last trendy pair of shoes. It is expensive if you eat organic processed food.
Did I learn something thanks to this video? Not, really. Apart from the fact that Monsento lobby can still be quite powerful.
With the rising cost of foods who can afford organic. The government complains about the nation being over weight, yet eating healthy is almost always more expensive. it should be the other way around. Make the healthier food cheaper and the junk food more expensive. I think that would be a great start towards the nations obisity problem.
As I OFTEN talk about on my personal blog, I grew up on a working ranch. In addition to the meat we raised, we also ate (and still eat) game meat (including fish and fowl) and our 'veg patch' was 3 acres. That's not counting the grape vines, lower peanut, potato and sunflower patch or wild edibles.
This isn't new. I was raised to do things the way my family did when they came to the US in the late 1880s. We didn't follow a fad; we just never sold out. We were too small to 'go commercial.' People still do it like that where I'm from!
As a side bonus: we didn't use tractors, we used farm implements pulled by mules. That's REAL, not a fad. Try slinging 70lb bales of hay when you're a little girl! It's just doing things 'normal' to me.
I know our food (veg or meat) tastes better.
Does it have more nutrients? No. I like that it has less freaky stuff on it, though!
I buy from local farmers who have grown their produce, eggs, meat and cheese organically. Folks got together and set up a local farmer's market where growers list what they have on line on Saturday afternoons, members order what they want (on line) - & we pick everything up & pay on Tuesday afternoons. I also grow and preserve as much of my own food as I can - It just makes sense to me. The difference in price is easily made up by my radically reduced ,number of trips to the grocery. It's a matter of changing habitual behavior and the substitution of planning for immediate gratification. The video is goofy.
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