Big Chem and Big Ag are Dousing Our Food with Toxic Pesticides
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Common sense tells us that fewer pesticides in our food supply would result in improved health among the overall population. Buy and eat only real Organic food.
One of the Key selling points for eating Organic food is that it can significantly lower consumers exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals used in conventional agriculture, and this alone may help protect our long-term health and/or improve any health conditions one may have now.
Organic standards prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides, so Organic foods are less contaminated, and studies confirm that those who eat a primarily Organic diet have fewer toxins in their system.
The world chemical industry is very powerful.
So powerful that the US and some other world government have turned a “blind eye” to the obvious, which is that too many toxic chemicals, in too great amounts, are being allowed in the growing of food.
As noted in the featured film, “From DDT to Glyphosate:” “Just as was the case in the 1950s with DDT and tobacco, we are on the brink of disastrous damage to health worldwide. This short film begins to explain why, and what we can do.”
“From DDT to Glyphosate” is just 30 mins long, yet it is an excellent introduction to the dangers of pesticides.
Many people are unaware of just how many pesticides they are exposed to daily their food.
That said please help educate those you love and other by sharing this film with your social networks.
In Y 1962, American biologist Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring,” she warned of the devastating environmental impacts of DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane), suggesting the chemical may also have harmful effects on human health.
Ms. Carson questioned the logic and reason behind the use such vast amounts of a chemical without knowing much about its ecological and human health impact.
Her book triggered a revolution in thinking that gave birth to the modern environmental movement, and the public outcry that resulted from her book eventually led to DDT being banned for agricultural use in the US in Y 1972.
But, DDT was simply replaced with other equally unsafe and untested chemicals. Today, we are also exposed to even vaster amounts of pesticides, and a wider variety of them, which is why it’s so important to share this film with as many people as you can.
The notion that these chemicals are good for humans, the environment and the business of agriculture is fake.
As noted in the film, 80% of GE (genetically engineered) crops are designed to withstand herbicide application; most often glyphosate-based herbicides, such as Monsanto’s Roundup (NYSE:MON). As a result, consumers ingesting greater quantities of pesticides than ever before.
The Big Q: Where’s the breaking point?
The Big A: There is reason to believe we may have already crossed that threshold. Health statistics suggest the average toxic burden has become too great for children and adults alike, and toxins in our food appear to play a primary role.
A recent report by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), which represents OB-GYNs in 125 countries, warns that chemical exposures, including pesticides, now represent a major threat to human health and reproduction.
Pesticides are also included in a new scientific statement on endocrine-disrupting chemicals by the Endocrine Society Task Force.
This task force warns that the health effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals is such that everyone needs to take proactive steps to avoid them especially those seeking to get pregnant, pregnant women and young children.
Even extremely low-level pesticide exposure has been found to considerably increase the risk of certain diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.
According to Michael Antoniou, PhD, a British geneticist interviewed in the film, “as a cocktail, I believe pesticides has converted our food supply into a slow poison.”
The film shows how increases in global glyphosate use closely parallel increases in infertility, thyroid disorders, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, stroke and many other chronic diseases. Alas, the U.S. government does not acknowledge such a connection.
As noted by Claire Robinson, managing editor of GMWatch and author of the excellent book “GMO Myths and Truths,” while we do have a regulatory system, that system is grossly inadequate, as it doesn’t evaluate all the possible health and environmental effects of any given chemical.
The chemical industry also has a very strong lobby, and revolving doors between industry and the regulatory agencies in the U.S. have allowed for industry to largely dictate its own rules. Ms. Robinson also correctly notes that it is in fact chemical companies that are producing GE seeds.
They are not true agricultural firms. They are chemical companies that have found another way to boost sales, and to believe they’re doing it out of altruism would be naive.
Dr. Antoniou has conducted tests revealing that ultra-low doses of Monsanto’s Roundup administered to rats in drinking water produce liver and kidney damage over the long term. And these doses are thousands of times lower than what regulators say is completely safe for consumption.
Another recent study found Roundup adversely affects the development of female rats’ uteruses, increasing the risk for both infertility and uterine cancer.
As reported by The Ecologist: “Doctors and scientists have noted high rates of miscarriage — sometimes called ‘spontaneous abortion’ — in women living in regions of Argentina where GM Roundup Ready Soybean is grown and sprayed with glyphosate herbicides. The new study may shed light on this phenomenon.
The dose of herbicide found to disrupt uterine development in the rats was 2 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight per day, based on the U.S. ‘reference dose’ of pure glyphosate that regulators deem safe to consume every day of our lives for a lifetime.”
The next Big Q: Why is no action taken to protect human health?
The Big A: Without Roundup and other pesticides, the GE seed business would collapse and chemical technology companies, with their vast resources and revolving doors into government regulatory agencies, have managed to deceive everyone into thinking there’s no problem.
Worldwide, an estimated 7.7-B lbs of pesticides are spread over the soil and crops each year, and that number is increasing as developed nations transition over to chemical-based agriculture in a misguided and misinformed effort to increase yield and lower cost
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), Bangladesh and Thailand have quadrupled their pesticide use since the early 1990’s. Ghana, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso have increased use by 1,000%, and Argentina’s use has risen 815%.
The US is still leading the charge when it comes to pesticide use, followed by Brazil, which is a top exporter of soybeans, corn and cotton.
More than 33% of the 260-M gals of pesticides used in Brazil each year is applied to soybeans.
Notably Cotton and citrus receive the greatest amounts.
But boosting yields with chemicals come at a cost. According to a Y 2012 analysis of FAO data, each 1% increase in crop yield is associated with a 1.8% increase in pesticide use.
Logic dictates that this is an unsustainable trajectory when you consider the health ramifications associated with pesticide exposure and the environmental effects, which include destruction of soil and non-target plant life, pollution of waterways and the decimation of crucial pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Depending on the specific chemical being used, agricultural chemicals are typically associated with their own specific side effects:
- Insecticides primarily produce neurological symptoms, such as headaches
- Fungicides tend to produce skin-related symptoms
- Herbicides are associated with digestive and skin problems
Glyphosate, which is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, was reclassified as a Class 2A “probable carcinogen” just last year by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO).
While the IARC stopped short of a stronger cancer classification for glyphosate, there is ample evidence showing it is definitely carcinogenic.
A research scientist and consultant who investigates agricultural chemicals in the food supply, Anthony Samsel, PhD, even claims to have uncovered evidence showing Monsanto has known glyphosate promotes cancer since Y 1981.
Glyphosate is most heavily applied on GE Corn, Soybean and sugar beets, but it’s also commonly used to desiccate conventional (non-GMO but non-organic) wheat and protect other conventional crops from weeds.
Glyphosate and Roundup may actually be even worse than DDT, having been linked to a growing number of adverse health effects.
It is very important to buy and eat Organic food.
Please share “From DDT to Glyphosate” with everyone you know.
Post it on your Facebook (NASDAQLFB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) or share it via e-Mail. It is Key for everyone to understand that a large portion of our poor health is due to toxic exposures from food.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively.