A team of scientists recently published a gestational study in the International Journal of Cancer which found that pregnant women consuming foods containing pesticides increased the infant’s risk of brain cancer by over 40%. They further stated that this is a result of the prolific use of insecticides in the production of inorganic produce. The study found that the crops that contained the highest levels of insecticides included spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches and strawberries, while the least contaminated are pineapples, cabbages, onions and avocados. The research team concluded that pregnant women should eat organic food to reduce the risk of infant cancer. Organic
Eat Organic Food to Reduce the Risk of Infant Cancer
Organic farming is an integrated farming system focused on sustainability and characterised by the prohibition of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, antibiotics, growth hormones and GMO’s. South African organic farmers grow and process foods by following guidelines established by the South African Organic Sector Organisation (SAOSO) organic standard. According to their website:
The SAOSO Standard covers the areas of general organic management, crop production (including plant breeding), animal production (including beekeeping), wine making, wild collection, processing and handling, labeling and marking, approval and certification, and social justice.
Organic farming practices ban the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers in favour of natural substitutes, which accounts for the substantially minimal amount of these substances in organic foods.