Organic produce ‘probably’ isn’t going to kill you

We’ve all heard the reports. Toxic organic pesticides cause problems for the environment. Organic pesticides are linked to Parkinson’s Disease, mass bee deaths, and the destruction of the Ozone later. Organic food often isn’t even tested for residue levels in regards to these extremely dangerous chemicals.

And while organic farming has the potential of “greater contamination of organic crops with fungal pathogens leading to the production of mycotoxins and ultimately their ingestion by humans”, how large of a risk is there?

There are often many reasons why some people choose to buy organic. Deceitful corporate marketing, supporting Hollywood celebrity startups, recommendations from your chiropractor or homeopath, and just not trusting in the scientific method; are all reasons why many wealthy shoppers are choosing to buy organic products.

These consumers are probably safe. Cases like that of an organic zucchini crop that hospitalized many in New Zealand really are sporadic. Reports of a rise in recalls of organic products due to the risk of food borne illness can probably might make you cautious, but statistics are still on your side.

Dr. Steve Savage explains:

Well the encouraging news is that our produce supply is very safe from a pesticide residue perspective. 99.85% of the residues that were detected are below the already conservative “tolerances” that are set by the EPA based on an extensive and rigorous risk assessment reflecting all the toxicological information available….. the big take-away is that the hard working farmers who supply our produce are doing a great job of protecting yield and quality from pest damage, and yet doing so in a way that is safe for us. We are fortunate consumers.

So while those with an agenda to steer you towards more affordable conventional produce may be using data and science, your organic kale is ‘probably’ not going to kill you. And even if you are at risk of Hepatitis A from organic food, thanks to the marvels of biotechnology there is a vaccine for that.