Fertility & Food: Trust Nature over a Chemist

“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.”

― Joan Gussow

Organic Food & Fertility

26 January 2009

If you think that the quality of your food does not have an effect on you and your partner’s fertility think twice! An article about organic food and infertility lists study after study conducted with animals and humans, which show that eating organic food has a positive effect on sperm and eggs.

Here are some of the highlights:

“Human fertility has been decreasing since the birth of intensive agriculture over 50 years ago. Average sperm counts among healthy American men dropped 58 percent between 1938 and 1988. In Europe, sperm counts dropped by 3.1 percent each year between 1971 and 1990. Studies from Belgium, France and Scotland have also shown losses in sperm quality, motility, development and the number of normally shaped sperm.

The reason for falling sperm quality and quantity is thought to be a cocktail of dietary hormones and pesticides , some of which can disturb the body’s own hormones. Some pesticides have been linked to masculinisation of female animals, feminization of male animals, eggs found in the testes of roach in UK rivers, low egg viability, enlarged ovaries and reduced penis size in Florida alligators and female-female paring in birds.

A study published in The Lancet in 1994 found that organic farmers had much higher sperm counts than other blue-collar workers. Sperm counts were more than twice as high in organic farmers (363 million sperm per milliliter of semen) as in a control group of welders and printers (164 million per milliliter).

Men who consume mostly organic produce have higher sperm counts and greater sperm quality than men eating regular, pesticide-treated produce. And conventional farmers who do not eat organic food have a significantly lower proportion of normally-shaped sperm.”

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive without success and you consume conventionally (pesticide rich!) foods please consider switching to organic food. If you think that eating organic food is too expensive focus on the Dirty Dozen while eating the Clean 15 non-organic.

To read the original article click here.

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