Organic food can give you the health benefits of plant-based foods, but it also can cause problems for you and your health, according to a new report from the nonprofit Center for Food Safety.
The study found that organic foods can also cause food allergies, which can cause serious problems for people.
Riverside Organic Foods in California, for example, was found to have a high rate of food allergies among its employees.
The company also has a history of pesticide use.
The nonprofit, which is based in California but runs a network of more than 600 organic grocery stores nationwide, released the report last week.
It looked at the ingredients and labeling on organic foods and found they contained high levels of pesticides, antibiotics and other chemicals, including some that were not listed on labels.
It also found that about one-third of the products in Riverside Organic Foods’ supply chain tested positive for lead.
The report also found Riverside Organic Food had the highest rate of adverse reactions among its organic food suppliers to pesticides, including: The company had more than 10 adverse reactions to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
A majority of the samples tested positive to benzene, which causes lung irritation and respiratory distress.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that benzene is a carcinogen.
Several Riverside Organic foods had a higher rate of the chemical called benzene-11, which contains up to 20 times more benzene than glyphosate, which the CDC has also linked to cancer.
At Riverside Organic, the company has implemented a plan to limit exposure to benzenes in the supply chain.
The plan requires that every Riverside Organic product be tested for benzene before it can be sold in the marketplace.
“The more stringent the protocol, the better,” said John Schmidhuber, Riverside Organic’s president and CEO.
“But it’s not the only way to protect consumers from these chemicals.”
The report found that more than half of the companies tested had a positive rate of pesticide residues in their supply chain, which could mean more exposure to those chemicals in the food supply chain and higher risk of serious health problems.
Schmidhub, a former chemical engineer, said he hopes the report will prompt other companies to improve their supply chains and stop using pesticides in the first place.
“If the industry can reduce the amount of pesticides they use and stop adding new ones, that will give people the choice to use less,” he said.