Eating organic definitely keeps away harmful pesticides out of the food we eat and beverages we drink that endanger our health. Long before extensive research on the health risk of pesticides, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved many types of pesticides. Now, the EPA considers 60% of all herbicides (weed killers), 90% of all fungicides (mold killers), and 30% of all insecticides (insect killers) as harmful and cancer causing. They recognize that pesticides can cause many health problems, such as such as birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and many unknown effects might occur only over a long period of time. Emerging research shows when you eat different types of conventional foods, you are consuming a combination of various pesticides, producing “cocktail effect”, synergizing toxicity of up to 100-fold.
Organic agriculture also prohibits the use of many post-harvest chemical additives- such as preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colorings and flavorings, MSG, hydrogenated fat, phosphoric acid, and antibiotics in animal feed, which are routinely used in conventional farming.
Hawaiian researchers following 8,000 people for 34 years have found that increasing consumption of conventional fruits and juices increase the risk of Parkinson's disease. Israeli researchers have linked many symptoms such as headaches, tremor, lack of energy, depression, anxiety, poor memory, dermatitis, convulsions, nausea, indigestion and diarrhea with the intake of pesticides. Belgian research has found that women diagnosed with breast cancer are six to nine times more likely to have the pesticides DDT or hexachlorobenzene in their bloodstreams compared to women who did not have breast cancer.
Children need the most protection from harmful chemicals due to their immature and developing organs, brains, and immune systems. Because they have a larger intake of food per kilo of body weight, children are even more susceptible to toxins than adults. Increased exposure to pesticides can lead to underdevelopment of their motor and mental abilities, and an increase in aggressive behavior.