Pesticides Cause ‘Catastrophic’ Harm to People and Planet, UN Report Says

The chronic overuse of pesticides across the world has caused “catastrophic” harms to human health, human rights and global biodiversity, according to a report presented to the United Nations human rights council Wednesday.

The UN-solicited study on toxic chemical impacts to global food sources criticizes pesticide manufacturers‘ “systematic denial” of the broad harms caused by their products and calls for a transition to healthier farming methods that move away from the current dependence on pesticides. Continue reading “Pesticides Cause ‘Catastrophic’ Harm to People and Planet, UN Report Says”

Organic Food Safety

Is the risk of foodborne illness from contaminated organic food higher than the risk of adverse health effects from chemicals in conventionally grown food?

Many of us think that going organic is better. A good friend of mine is a complete believer. She buys all organic fruits and vegetables and frequently juices organic produce for her family. Recently, her little daughter had to be rushed to the hospital. Diagnosis: Salmonella in her bloodstream, also known as typhoid fever. While my friend will never know for certain what caused her daughter’s severe illness, it is possible that her little girl ingested contaminated food.

Organic produce contains a significantly higher risk of fecal contamination

Because organic farms use natural fertilizers (manure, compost) instead of synthetic or chemical fertilizers, their crops are at greater risk of contamination from certain bacteria, such as Ecoli.

In 2011, a novel strain of Escherichia coli O104:H4 bacteria caused a serious outbreak of foodborne illness in northern Germany.  Continue reading “Organic Food Safety”

Whole Foods Market Recalls Cheeses From 9 Stores Because of Possible Health Risk

In response to Vulto Creamery’s recall of soft wash- rind raw milk cheeses, Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling the products from nine stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York out of an abundance of caution. The cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Continue reading “Whole Foods Market Recalls Cheeses From 9 Stores Because of Possible Health Risk”