Eating organic can be hard on the wallet. The higher expense and not fully understanding what eating non-organic food can do to your body are the main reasons people do not make the commitment to switch. After seeing this video about about a family that participated in a study from the Swedish Environment Research Institute, you may end up agreeing that the costs of NOT eating organic are much larger than you think…!
The study concluded that:
“exposure to pesticides reduces when we eat organic products instead of conventionally grown food, and clarifies the significance of food as a source of exposure to chemicals. In this study we have been able to determine that the concentrations of selected pesticides decreased by an average of a factor of 9.5 when the family switched to organic food, which probably means that their total chemical load decreases. In relative terms, the children’s load decreased more than the adults’ in the food switch, probably due to their higher food intake relative to their body weight. The same exposure to chemicals results in higher concentrations of chemical residues in the bodies of children than in adults (Swedish Chemicals Agency 2014). Choosing organic foods not only reduces the levels of a number of pesticides that we are exposed to through what we eat, but also reduces the risk of a long term impact and combination effects.” Get the complete report from IVL, the Swedish Environment Research Institute here.