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Lifelong farmer says we should all be buying organic foods

Rudy Arredondo isn’t just the founder and president of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association, he’s a lifelong farmer. He’s also a farmer that believes we Americans should be eating organic foods instead of those treated by pesticides.

Mr. Arredondo’s work as a farmer began at the age of 12 when he worked as a “flag man” for planes that delivered pesticides to local fields and orchards. Rudy saw first-hand the harm toxins can do when his father almost died after coming in direct contact with “toxic fumes while he was applying ammonia treatments on a farm.”

In today’s Sacramento Bee, Mr. Arredondo cites a peer-reviewed study by Friends of the Earth titled ‘Organic For All’. In the new study, four American families that changed to a strictly organic diet saw their pesticide levels reduced “dramatically after just one week of consuming organic foods and beverages.” In fact, after one week their toxin levels had dropped more than 60%. One of the more dangerous toxins farmers and their families are often exposed is a pesticide known as chlorpyrifos. Chlorpyrifos has been linked to “increased rates of autism, learning disabilities and reduced IQ in children”.

While many Americans are waiting for farmers to make the switch to organic farming, Rudy would actually like to see the change begin with consumers. Mr. Arredondo understands the “elitist” stigma that comes with buying organic, but he hopes Americans can see past that. He believes that if we change our buying habits, famers, local municipalities, and the federal government will be forced to alter their own practices. Rudy Arredondo’s hope is that consumers choose organic foods not only for their health and the health of their family, but also for the health and well-being of the farmers that grow their foods.

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