When many of the chemicals used in farming were approved, there had been little research to show whether or not these chemicals we harmful.
Research has since found that most of these chemicals have negative effects on humans. Non-organic foods have been analyzed and have been found to contain harmful chemicals, heavy metals, solvents, and various hormones. Some of the conditions linked with these substances include:
* heart disease
* decreased intelligence
* impaired hearing
* less growth in childhood
* multiple sclerosis
* rheumatoid arthritis
* early puberty
* increase in antibiotic-resistant disease strains
Again, this list is just part of the harmful side effects of these chemicals. There are likely many more conditions to be added to this list after more research is done.
Also, most of the research has been done on the affects of single chemicals, and not multiple offenders as are normally found on conventional food.
While several of these chemicals have been banned, they are still present in regular and organic food. This is because they linger in the soil; some have been there for over 20 years.
While there are obviously many benefits to organic agriculture, it is not without its faults. First of all, organic products are more expensive.
Depending on where you buy organic food, it could cost twice as much as regular grocery store brands. There is also concern that natural fertilizers such as plant material and manure could contain harmful organisms, such as e coli. Although this can be rare it can also make consumers very sick.
Even with the drawbacks, organic food production is proving to be much safer for consumption than other foods available. Along with the health benefits, organic agricultural practices also benefit the environment; keeping it viable for years to come.