An Experiment by Swedish Grocery Chain Coop Has One Family Demonstrate The Difference Eating Organic Makes.
“The organic effect is presented by Coop, a Swedish supermarket chain that promises to do everything it can to support organic farming, and urges others who sell food to do the same.”
As this video shows, Coop had a typical Swedish family participate in a three-week experiment switching from conventional to organic food.
During the first week of the experiment, the five members of the family ate their usual conventional meals and gave urine samples each day. The urine samples were tested independently by the Swedish Environment Research Institute IVL. 12 pesticides were chosen to test and 8 out of the 12 showed up in the family of 5. After one week, the family switched to a 100% organic meal plan for two weeks. New urine samples were then taken and after a few days, the majority of the pesticides were gone. You can see in the pictures below how each child’s exposure to pesticides decreased after eating 100% organic for two weeks.
I’d like to point out that this isn’t the end-all-be-all of organic studies. There were only four pesticides tested and of course the sample size is small with a family of five. But I do believe that it gives you a basic idea of what eating organic can do for you and your family.