“Some vitally important European crops like vines and olives are being devastated by disease. Scientists are searching for biological replacements for chemical pesticides to improve crop and human health.” [Source: moderndiplomacy.eu]
It is becoming increasingly apparent that spraying crops with synthetic pesticides has adverse effects on farm animals, wildlife, bees, and people. Pesticide pollution is also leaching into water supplies, with some of the chemicals used now linked to the development of cancer, respiratory diseases, and immune problems. With even crops themselves now threatened, there is an urgent need for more widespread use of natural organic agriculture approaches.
From a nutritional perspective, the benefits of organic food are already well known. In 2014, in what is arguably the most comprehensive analysis to date, an international team led by Professor Carlo Leifert from Newcastle University in the UK found that it contains up to 69 percent more of key antioxidants than regular food, as well as lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides. Based on an analysis of 343 peer-reviewed studies from around the world, Leifert’s findings destroyed the myth that organic food is nutritionally indistinguishable from that produced using pesticides.
To learn more about the health benefits of organically produced food, see this article on our website.