October 24, 2012
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has officially weighed in on feeding children an organic diet just in time for the vote on Prop 37, California’s GMO labeling initiative. According to AAP, “there is currently no direct evidence that consuming an organic diet leads to improved health or lower risk of disease.”
In the report “Organic Foods: Health and Environmental Advantages and Disadvantages” released Monday afternoon, the AAP admits that organic foods contain less pesticides, but the organization goes on to say, “Current evidence does not support any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits from eating organic compared with conventionally grown foods.”
No meaningful benefits? From eating less pesticide?
Indeed, USA Today quoted Joel Forman, co-author of the report and an associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, as saying, “The report does cite lower pesticides in organic produce and potentially lower risk of exposure to drug-resistant bacteria, but the needed long-term studies do not yet exist to show that eating pesticide-free food makes people healthier.”
So let’s get this straight.
Because there is no long-term study explicitly spelling it out for us that eating more pesticide has a cumulative negative effect over time, that somehow makes it less true?
Are there any long-term studies on the health effects of running around on the highway blindfolded during rush hour? Where is the extensive scientific research showing that, over time, bathing in gasoline might not be such a good thing? Has anyone seen the report all about how repeatedly setting yourself on fire can have a negative impact on your overall health and well-being?
Once upon a time, there was such a thing as common sense. Apparently organizations like AAP do not feel parents have any.
That sentiment is mirrored by the mainstream media who has jumped all over this report to really push the idea that feeding your children organic is a silly waste of money and effort more than it is a wise, life-preserving decision.
The Baltimore Sun: “Parents who feed their kids an organic diet may not be giving them the health advantage they think.”
“Don’t fret over whether produce is organic or not if you’re on a budget,” New York Daily News wrote.
“Pediatricians raise doubts about the benefits of organic foods,” the Washington Post proclaimed, referencing “the nation’s leading group of pediatric doctors” weighing in on the “organic fad.” The Washington Post also buries the information regarding the fact that the report found organics to contain less pesticide near the very bottom of a multi-page article.
The term “conventionally grown” sounds harmless enough, but it is meant to. Saying something is “conventional” is a lot more friendly sounding than saying it is produced with the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.
Why would anyone knowingly want to consume any of that junk if they have a choice not to?
According to the World Health Organization, unintentional agrochemical poisoning kills an estimated 355,000 people every year. Three separate conventional agriculture studies have shown that when a fetus is exposed to pesticides, it lowers the child’s IQ. Synthetic chemical pesticides have also been linked to ADHD and other behavioral problems in children on record.
Apparently AAP missed a groundbreaking study released just weeks ago specifically showing that the long-term effects of consuming genetically modified corn with trace amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup are developing huge tumors, severe liver and kidney damage, and ultimately, death.
Even the employees at Monsanto refuse to eat the company’s genetically modified, pesticide-producing food creations in the company cafeteria.
Decades ago, we didn’t have “conventionally grown” or genetically modified food. Is it a coincidence that the occurrences of allergic disease are skyrocketing? (See here, here, and here and too many others to list.)
Also note the same AAP that is now assuring parents organics are no healthier for their children is the same AAP that also attempted to censor the ABC network back in 2008 for airing a fictional television show that depicted a family successfully suing a vaccine manufacturer for giving their child autism.
“National experts” and media propaganda aside, here’s the bottom line common sense question, parents: which would you rather place in front of your child — a plate of food or a plate of deadly chemicals?