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Description: The organic food industry has consistently seen sales increase, rising from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010. According to the Organic Trade Association, 78 percent of American families ...

The organic food industry has consistently seen sales increase, rising from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010. According to the Organic Trade Association, 78 percent of American families purchase organic foods. This percentage is steadily increasing as more consumers are becoming aware of the many health benefits conferred by organic foods.

Antioxidants are important nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables and have been shown to impart multiple health benefits, including the prevention of many cancers. Some studies show that organic foods may have more antioxidants compared to commercial varieties. A 2012 study in the "Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture" discovered higher antioxidants, including vitamin C, in organic broccoli compared to conventional.

Many consumers choose organic produce because they desire to lower their exposure to the pesticides found on commercial produce. Certified organic produce is free from pesticide residues. A 2008 study published in "Environmental Health Perspectives" revealed a majority of organophosphorus (OP) pesticide exposure in humans comes from dietary intake. When commercial produce was replaced with organic produce, pesticide exposure was reduced significantly. Among other concerns, OP pesticide exposure has been shown to contribute to deficiencies in neurodevelopment, becoming a factor in autism, ADHD and other neurological impairments in developing children.

With the increasing usage of antibiotics among dairy farms and feed lots, antibiotic resistance is becoming a concern for many Americans. Organically raised animals are not given antibiotic additives; therefore, organic diary and meats products do not contain these residues. Consistent exposure to low doses of antibiotic residues can also disrupt the normal flora of the human gut, reducing the number of healthful bacteria and leaving humans more vulnerable to harmful bacteria and illness.






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