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Friday, May 7, 2010
Yesterday, May 6, 2010, was a monumental news day for the organic industry. The President's Cancer Panel Report was released. It exhorts consumers to choose food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, and growth hormones to help decrease their exposure to environmental chemicals that can increase their risk of contracting cancer!

"Exposure to pesticides can be decreased by choosing, to the extent possible, food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers…Similarly, exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat raised without these medications," according to the report, "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now," submitted to President Obama by Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr., an oncologist and professor of surgery at Howard University, and Dr. Margaret L. Kripke, an immunologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

In a letter to President Obama, the panel stated "The American people—even before they are born—are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures. The Panel urges you most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nation's productivity, and devastate American lives."

This landmark report by the prestigious scientific panel essentially recognizes, at the highest level, that organic foods are healthier and reduce your risk of cancer.

Just as important, organic clothing and bedding are better for our environment, which, of course, means for us as well, in that crops grown organically and used for fabrics dramatically reduce the toxins going into the air, water, and soil. I remember research conducted at a university I was attending in the 1970s that showed that air pollution could literally travel half way around the world.

The full report "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now" is available online.

The Organic Trade Association has issued a press release that may be of interest to you as well.

Ed Mass
President and Founder of Yes It's Organic


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