Cornucopia’s Take: A report commissioned by the European Parliament states that people eating an organic diet are subjected to fewer, and lower levels of, harmful pesticides. The report recommended organic food for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Antibiotics, which are a growing concern in the age of super-bugs, are restricted in organic livestock, and organic crops contain less of the heavy metal cadmium. This report confirms, again, what is common knowledge among people who eat organic food: Organic agriculture provides a haven from dangerous pesticides.
Organic food: panacea for health? The Lancet editorial touts EU organic food diet study
Sustainable Food News
Organic food is embraced by many as part of a healthy lifestyle, according to an editorial in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best-known general medical journals.
“This month’s vegetable shortages and price increases in the United Kingdom were attributed to bad weather in Spain, outlining how important sustainable agricultural policy is to health with the changing availability of food sources,” the editorial said. “Currently, the European Union accounts for 24 percent of the world’s organic land, with the global organic market expected to increase by 2.5 times to $200 billion by 2020.” Read Full Article »