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Scientific analysis proves organic produce is better

In The Maui News article dated Feb. 8, 2020, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation’s Brian Miyamoto made the misleading statement that there is no nutritional difference between organic and nonorganic produce. Actually, a scientific analysis in 2014, based on 343 peer-reviewed studies, found organic food has more antioxidant compounds which protect cells from the effects of aging, and lower levels of toxic metals like cadmium and pesticides. Organic foods have also been found to have higher micronutrients, such as vitamin C, zinc and iron.

And as for his comment minimizing the impact of pesticides, Mr. Miyamoto neglected to mention that a number of toxic pesticides allowed on Hawaii’s farms and produce are banned in Europe. They include paraquat (linked to Parkinson’s), atrazine (potent endocrine disruptor, known to cause reproductive toxicity), cyhalothrin (an endocrine disruptor), permethrin (linked to ADHD and behavioral problems), and chlorpyrifos (linked to lower IQ and ADHD), which our state will ban in 2022. The U.S. allows the use of 85 pesticides that have been banned or are being phased out in the European Union because of health and environmental concerns.

Jon Woodhouse

Wailuku