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Organic food not healthier------Times of India Article
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September 5, 2012 - 2:31 pm
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Please read this.That means we can use all chemicals to our food to grow?.

I think this study is completely ridiculous.Please tell me what u think?



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September 5, 2012 - 8:34 pm
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Hey Sheena,

did u guys happen to see "Satyamev Jayate" episode where it was shown

many villages in Punjab have population which is completely fallen pray to

pesticides and chemical used in agricultural fields.

Farmers they use chemicals in the fields for commercial produce and for own use they grow veges,pulses etc organically.

so there is enough proof that chemicals not distroys the vegetation,if not stopped now will soon make human beings extint.




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September 6, 2012 - 8:13 am
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Agreed! I think this article is just a gimmick!

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September 6, 2012 - 9:46 am
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Hi All


I am pasting below one more article that appeared in TOI some time back on harmful effects on pesticides on the vegetables and fruits.


Have you noticed the apples at your supermarket looking redder? Do out-of-season plums beckon you? There are some foods that are more likely to be pumped artificially than others. Here is a list of things you need to watch out for when you go provision shopping. Better still, just switch to the organic variety to save yourself a host of health problems.


While we've all grown up learning about the natural goodness of milk, we must also keep in mind that all the antibiotics and hormones that go into high-yield cows aren't. Research on supplements such as recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) used in conventional milk production have suggested links to early puberty and other hormonal abnormalities. On the other hand, organic milk has higher levels of Vitamin E, Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids and antioxidants which help beat infections.


Eggs are a great source of protein but one must know many varieties of eggs are produced by using a range of antibiotics and hormones on poultry. Organic eggs mean fewer hormones in the chicken or chemicals acting as hormones in your body.


Chlorothalonil, often used on potatoes, can affect children in particular. Potato pesticides have been linked to high rates of asthma. So if you have problems with your respiratory system, then stick to naturally grown potatoes only.


It's imperative to include green leafy vegetables such as fenugreek leaves and spinach in our diet. But a recently conducted research shows that one sample of spinach has residues of more than 20 different pesticides on it. So it's not just E. coli scares that have given conventionally grown spinach a bad name.


Grapes contain methyl parathion and methomyl, a carbamate insecticide listed as an endocrine disruptor. Need we say more?


Like grapes, residues of methyl parathion shows up in pears as well as does azinphos-methyl, an acutely toxic chemical used on many fruit crops.


This fungicide also contributes to the toxicity of strawberries. Two other fungicides — captan and iprodione — are likely human carcinogens by the EPA. Another common fungicide — vinclozolin — found in strawberries slows down the normal functioning of androgen. Among other commonly found contaminants on strawberries is endosulfan, a relative of DDT that imitates the hormone estrogen, which ends up interfering with your normal hormone levels.


Green peppers are rich in Vitamin C, while red bell peppers are a good source of Vitamin A and carotenoids. However, when it comes to crops, bell peppers are the most contaminated vegetables in terms of neurotoxic insecticides. Not only do these harmful chemicals kill the nutrients in the vegetable, but also have an effect on brain pathways that are involved in Parkinson's disease.


Of all the fruits, apples are considered to have the highest quantity of pesticides in them. Apples are frequently sprayed with syngenta paraquat, a pesticide that is possible linked to Parkinson again. It is essential that you choose one of the many organic options popping up at your local market instead.


In certain studies, peaches have had up to 10 times as much pesticide on them as other fruits and vegetables. These chemicals include the cancer-linked fungicides captan and iprodione, and the neurotoxic pesticide methyl parathion.

While it's good to be aware of pesticides in all foods, because they linger in the soil for years after organic production has begun it's always best to peel fruits and veggies, both organic and conventional, to reduce pesticide intake.


Organic Foods might nutrients might be same as that of conventional ones , but effects of pesticides on them and the effect they make on soil and environment are the one's which are not elaborated in the TOI article. No body can forget what endosulfan did to Farmers in Kerala.

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Herr Furher
September 6, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Dear Gardeners I am surprised as to what extent these greedy big seed + fertilizer + pesticide companies can go to. Now that people have started to see the damage they are doing to the human body they have targeted the organic food which even though less producing is better than eating all these chemicals which they want to sell. I have seen this case that all the farmers grow organically for their own consumption & use pesticide as well as hormones not in meat or dairy products but also in vegetables so that they grow big. 

This is the reason I had started my own vegetable gardening. 

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September 6, 2012 - 4:53 pm
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How's it going so far Herr?

Any luck from the stuff you bought from barafkhana?

I once started thinking about making a trip there by the Metro, but considering the distance and bulkiness of the stuff I wanted to buy, I decided not to.

Will try and source it from Gurgaon itself.


Do post some pictures of your greens.

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Herr Furher
September 6, 2012 - 6:31 pm

Hi Snorkel it is going great as I have transplanted all of my okra & one cucumber it now. It is too far for you in Gurgaon if u lived in Del I would have suggested that you can hire a carrier auto if you plan to buy too much but then in Gur is another state so no point in doing that. The best bet is take some one with you. Will post some pics soon. I have 5 tomatos 5+5 brinjal & 4 merigold planning on planting some spinach as they can grow very well in this weather we have in Del. Do tell me what is your plan for this winter too as this is the best season to grow in our part of the country.


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Carl Piaf
September 15, 2012 - 11:31 am

The original research has been misreported. The original research paper said two things:

1. The nutritional value of organic food was not more than that of non-organic food.
2. Organic food reduces the exposure to pesticides.

It clearly stated the second benefit. But the first statement has been pushed in press articles.

Keep up the good work folks!

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September 20, 2012 - 10:12 am
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Hi everyone i am new and im studying medical biotechnology 

newspapers always give half baked information pesticides do not lower nutritional content of vegetables so nutritional value of organic and regular will be the same! 

pesticides however are toxic in large quantities, there is a phenomenon called bio-accumulation even though regular amounts of pesticides are used that are considered "safe" it tends to accumulate in the environment over generations and through food chains, when humans consume these products with accumulated toxins thats when it has negative effects, it should be noted that the food will still have the same nutritional value but your liver will be working overtime trying to detoxify your body.

having said that we all know that many many people in india do not follow the ethical guidelines of pesticide use and other things and many unsafe items like oxytosin injections and god knows what all are used to increase yield and size of vegies. so yes growing you own vegies at home is a very smart option even if you are using pesticides. however it is safer to grow without...there are many recipes for natural pesticides that have no harmful effects and are even cheaper!

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