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The Positive Contributions of Organic Production. To HEALTH and the Environment. Presented by Janine Gibson, CREATIVE HEALTH CONSULTING- Organic Inspector, Trainer , Educator Organic Producers Association of Manitoba & other certifiers Canadian Organic Growers

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The Positive Contributions of Organic Production

  • To HEALTH and the Environment

Janine Gibson, Canadian Organic Growers www.cog.ca


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Presented by Janine Gibson, CREATIVE HEALTH CONSULTING-Organic Inspector, Trainer , Educator

Organic Producers Association of Manitoba & other certifiers

Canadian Organic Growers

Organic Food Council of Manitoba

Independent Organic Inspectors Association

Organic Organizations

Janine Gibson, Canadian Organic Growers www.cog.ca


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Research Credit

  • Food Contamination and Child Health

  • One of a series on Children and the Environment

  • Prepared in conjunction with Canadian Organic Growers by the Canadian Institute for Children’s Health

Janine Gibson, Canadian Organic Growers www.cog.ca


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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction

  • Safe food, safe environments crucial for infants and children given their rapid growth & developing body systems

  • Chemical pesticides & fertilizers, GE components, irradiation, sewage sludge not allowed

  • Manure composted to destroy harmful bacteria and breed beneficial bacteria

Janine Gibson, Canadian Organic Growers www.cog.ca


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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction

  • Health -not simply the absence of disease

  • State of Vitality-organism better able to withstand external challenges (1)

  • Consistent and high levels of energy, mental clarity, physical strength & stamina

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction

  • The rise in degenerative disease:

  • An increase in stress factors

  • Decrease in nutrients in the diet to deal with these stress factors (2)

  • High nutrient levels in food come from balanced healthy soil

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction

  • Every year of organic production builds the richness of the soil ecosystem

  • USDA reports highest death rates in areas where soil is depleted (3)

  • Basic principle of organic management is SOIL BUILDING

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction

  • The universe of micro-organisms in a healthy soil contributes to the major nutrients and micro-nutrients-minerals and enzymes-in our food

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction

  • In creating organic standards, the precautionary principle is always followed.

  • If anything has not been PROVEN to be SAFE, it is NOT ALLOWED

  • Genetic Engineering and it products are an example

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction

  • Organic Food was served for 3 years in a New Zealand Boarding School

  • There was a marked decline in colds & flu, fast convalescence, excellent health generally, few sports injuries, greater resistance to fractures and sprains, clear and healthy skin, and improved dental health (4)

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction

  • In cancer treatments, studies are proving that an organic diet is a valuable contributor to successful outcomes. (5)

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction

  • Studies have indicated that dietary and occupational exposure to pesticides may influence sperm quality negatively. (6)

  • Average sperm concentrations have fallen since 1940 by almost half to 66million/ml7 (8)

  • At least 50% organic food in the diet has been shown to increase sperm count to 127million/ml (9)

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-Primary Nutrients

  • Clear, long term decline in trace mineral content in fruits and vegetables since start of chemical production methods (10)

  • Vitamin C, mineral content and secondary nutrients, linked to ability to withstand disease, are higher in organic crops.

  • Storage degradation of nutrients, less in organically grown crops.

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-Primary Nutrients

  • At least 19 minerals must be available in soil to provide good nutrition for plants and animals ( including us!)

  • In non-organic farming, N,P,K are commonly applied.

  • Studies reveal significantly higher content of the remaining 16 minerals, in organic food, due to organic soil building methods. (11)

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction- Primary Nutrients

  • Vitamins are synthesized by plants. Heritage varieties, commonly chosen by organic growers, contain MORE vitamins.

  • Testing shows between 6% and 100% higher vitamin c content in organic fruits and vegetables (12).

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Positive Contributions of OrganicAnimal Production

  • Animals raised under organic management must be given freedom to express their innate characteristic behaviors. Antibiotic use is MUCH less common in organic systems which is likely due to this respect of animals basic needs.

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Positive Contributions of OrganicAnimal Production

  • Several studies show a more favorable fat profile of saturated to unsaturated fat in organically raised beef. (16)

  • Levels of the healthy fatty acid CLA in organic milk are higher. (17)

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Heaton’s Risks of Chemical AG

  • Pesticides-prohibited in organic and rarely found as residue

  • Growing concern over “cocktail effect” of multiple pesticide residues in non-organic food.

  • Ingesting multiple GE foods also a concern.

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Heaton’s Risks of Chemical AG

  • Antibiotics-routine growth promoting use prohibited in organics. Growing concern over risks of antibiotic resistance in bacteria due to over use and abuse in non-organic production.

  • BSE and vCJD- no record of any BSE found in organically born and raised animals.

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Heaton’s Risks of Chemical AG

  • Food Additives- More than 500 are permitted in non-organic processing, compared with 30 permitted in organic processing.

  • Organic standards prohibit additives and ingredients linked to allergic reactions, headaches, asthma, growth retardation, hyperactivity, heart disease and osteoporosis

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Heaton’s Risks of Chemical AG

  • Nitrate

  • Chemical fertilization results in higher levels of potentially toxic nitrate in vegetables.

  • Studies have shown lower levels in organically produced crops.

  • Nitrate concentrations in ground water are gradually reduced in organic farming.

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-Endnotes

  • 1.Holden P. 1992 Food Quality without Chemical Crop Protection BCPC Mono#49

  • 2. Holden P. 1998 100% Health, Piatkus, UK, Clayton P. 2001 Health Defence, Accelerated Learning Systems Publishers, Aylesbury, UK, Sinclair H 1990. Food Quality and its effects on health, EFRC Colloquium pp5-6

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-Endnotes

  • 2. Cont’d-Davies, S and Stewart, A 1987 Nutritional Medicine, Macmillan, London; Hilford, P. 1999. Say No to Cancer, Piarkus, UK

  • 3. USDA 1971 Evaluation of Research in US on Human Nutrition, Agricultural Services Report #2

  • 4. Daldy,Y. 1940 Food production without Artificial fertilizers, Nature 145

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-End Notes

  • 5. Gerson, M. 1958. A cancer therapy: Results of Fifty Cases, Totality Books, CA;Bushop, B. 1988 Organic Food in Cancer Therapy, Nutrition and Health 6; Bircher-Benner, M. 1987 The Prevention of Incurable Disease, Keats PublInc,Conn.; Plaskett, L.G. 1999 Nutritional Therapy to the Aid of Cancer Patients, Intn’l Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-End Notes

  • Jensen, T.K. et al 1996. Semen quality among Members of Organic Food Association in Denmark, The Lancet 347, June 29, p1844; Abell, A.; Ernst, E.;and Bonde, J.P. 1994. High sperm density among members of organic farmers’assoc, The Lancet 343, June 11, p1498;ibid 2000. Semen quality and sexual hormones in green house workers, Scandinavian Journal of Work & Environmental Health 26, pp492-500

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-End Notes

  • 7. Carlsen,E.,Giwercman,A., Keiding, N and Skakkebacck, N.E. Evidence for decreasing sperm quality of semen in past fifty years, British Medical Journal 305, pp609-613.

  • 8. Hoppe, H. 2000. Measuring Food Quality, New European Quality Forum Presentation at the 11th National Conference on Organic Food, Roryal Ag College, Cirencester, Jan.

  • 9. (see 6

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-End Notes

  • 10. Heaton, Shane 2000. Organic Farming, Food Quality and Human Health, Soil Ass’n, UK

  • 11. ibid, p36

  • 12. ibid, p37, 7 studies

  • 13. Joseph, J.A., Skulin-Hale, B., Denisova, N.A. Prior, R.I. cao. G., Martin,A., Taglialatela, G. and Bickford, P.C. 1998. Journal of NeiroScience 18 pp8047-8055.

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-End Notes

  • 14. Plaskett, L.G. 1999 Nutritional Therapy to the aid of cancer patients, International Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, Dec.

  • 15. Molgaard, J.P. 2000 Nutrients, secondary metabolites and foreign compounds in organic foods, Proceedings of the 13th IFOAM Scientific Conference, Basel Switzerland, pp28-31

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-End Notes

  • 16. Pastushenko, V.,Matthes, H.C., Hein, T. and Holzer, Z. 2000. Impact of cattle grazing on meat fatty acid composition in relation to human nutrition, Proceedings of the 13th IFOAM Scientific Conference, Basel Switzerland, p293

  • 17. The Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Dec. 02 www.agrsci.dk/index_uk.shtml

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Positive Contributions of OrganicProduction-End Notes

  • 18. Woese, K et al 1997. Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture 74

  • 19. Heaton, Shane 2000 p48, 6 studies, Organic Farming, food quality and human Health, Soil Ass’n, UK

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Thank You for caring!-Natasha and her Chicken House

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