Does Eating Organic Lower Cancer Risk?

Does eating organic lower cancer risk? By now you’ve probably heard of the “dirty dozen”. In case you haven’t, it’s a list of foods that have a high incidence of pesticides. In 2018 it became a bakers’ dozen with 13 items the Environmental Working Group advises consumers to buy organic. You can see their list here.

A French study of 68, 946 participants, was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It looked at the association between organic food consumption and cancer risk. The researchers found that higher organic food consumption was associated with a reduced risk of cancer. You can read about this study here.

Do pesticides increase cancer risk?

We’ll start with an article titled The Truth About Organic Produce and PesticidesTamar Haspel, a food columnist for Washington Post, uncovered a glaring mistake held up by some long term sceptics of organic eating. Sceptics have long believed that both conventional and organic foods had similar pesticide residue. Haspel crunched the stats herself and found that the conventional foods tested had 3.2 different pesticides, while the organic foods tested had 0.8. You can read Tamar Haspel’s piece here.

The American Acadamy of Pediatrics has a page with tons of info about how exposure to pesticides affect children. You can read their page here.

In an article from world-renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute titled Does Eating Organic Foods Reduce Cancer Risk? the author discusses the two studies conducted on incidents of cancer among consumers who reported buying organic. Previous studies were conducted among workers who had been exposed to pesticides as part of their jobs. You can read their article here.

The debate continues on since the federal government ok’d the continued use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in 2017. Snopes found that President Trump’s decision to block a ban on the chemical came after Dow Chemicals donated a million dollars to his inauguration fund. You can read Snopes’ report here.
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In their article titled Is Buying Organic Really Worth It? Huff Post explores costs vs.  benefits of eating organic foods.

Does Eating Organic Lower Cancer Risk?

As each of us navigates our grocery store we have decisions to make. Our goal at CancerSmarter is to help you make informed decisions regarding your health. This is not a comprehensive gathering of all the information available. This does not replace the advice of your clinician, dietitian, or physician. Please make your health a priority.