This is one of those times I have to say hmm. If you’ve ever encountered something that makes no sense then you know where I am coming from.
I am very concerned with where my food comes from, and I believe, rightfully so. As a certified natural health professional I work diligently learning as much as I can about the human body and what interferes with its health.
This has led to a wealth of information on how our conventional food system is grown and supplied to the public along with a host of information about how little nutrients, that keep us healthy, are available in our food supply unless you buy organic. The conventional food industry is a mess as far as I am concerned.
Here are some questions I’m continually asking.
How can food that is grown with little or no nutrients be good for us?
How can food grown with all these pesticides be good for us?
How can food being grown with genetic alterations be good for us?
Common sense tells me the answer to these three questions is, it can’t. And yet, there are people that say I’m just a “foodie” or food snob, because I choose to eat as much food grown organically as I can. And then, there are always those people that say it’s the organic food that’s bad. It seems they’ve arrived at this conclusion based on what the government and TV commercials have generated from big growing farm giants about what they want us to believe.
The truth about organic food is that it’s food grown without pesticides or should be grown without chemicals that can harm us. As of right now there is a level of chemicals that are allowed, and that seems to be going up each year. It’s food that’s grown on land that has been free from chemicals for at least eight years. It’s food that’s grown through cultivating the land and keeping the land healthy for growing by replenishing the depleted soil after it has given its all to give us its beautiful bounty, (this means the minerals have been depleted, and absorbed by the plants themselves). But, what’s happening once again is that food giants are actually buying up our precious organic farm brands and submitting without our knowledge, many GMO products to make the product a cheaper version. GMO is short for “genetically modified organism”. It is not the organic version or another term, the original or heritage seed that mother nature gave us in the beginning. GMO’s are seeds that have been genetically altered by big business giant Monsanto looking to make a profit in the food industry by making seeds grow where they cannot normally survive, grow faster, bigger, taller and produce more bounty in a shorter period of time. In order to do this for example, they will take a tomato seed and insert a gene from a cold water fish to enable this plant to grow in a climate that it normally could not withstand. Another advantage for the GMO market is that the plant will grow even when it’s sprayed with a chemical that will, under all other circumstances, kill the plant and everything in the area that was sprayed.
Does this make it bad for us? We really don’t know, do we? Or do we?
If you look at all the cancer, kidney, colon or liver diseases. Miscarriages, or how about women that just can’t get pregnant. Alzheimers or dementia or just not being able to remember the little things. This is all taking place in people all around the world, but mostly in the US and it makes me wonder. Wouldn’t it you? If you look at the way big farm giants grow food now, compared to lets say, when I was a kid back in the 60’s and early 70’s, it was totally different. Back then they would till the soil and add nutrients to the soil by way of composted manures from cows that were grass fed like God intended or organisms like that. They would cultivate the soil and really turn over the soil to mix everything up. Not now. Now they just disk the soil a little bit (called low impact farming) and at least where I live, they only add a bit of lime which will level out the acid level in the soil in order to make it so the seed will grow and then they plant a seed that is termed roundup ready. Roundup ready is derived from a company called Monsanto, banned in 27 countries and now, required labeling to show it is a GMO in 61 others.
When I was growing up they cultivated the fields at all times tilling away any weeds as the plants grew, but this takes time and gas for the machines to run and more in labor costs. This is why organic food usually costs more then conventional food.
Nowadays they spray the fields with chemicals to kill the weeds off. But, how can they do this if roundup kills everything in it’s path. GMO seeds that can withstand the killing process, that’s how. This is not organic by any means. This process is not natural to the plants. I’ve used roundup in my yard, and I know it kills anything that it touches. This leads me to ask ‘are these foods grown in this environment the correct thing we should be eating?’ Is this food really something you would want to be eating?
For all of you out there that think the government has our backs and is protecting us from anything that can harm us and still thinks organic food is something to beware of, I present a challenge to you.
Buy a container of Roundup and empty the contents on whatever plants you choose, emptying the bottle. That’s if you would like to see that it indeed kills off plants in as little as half a day as they claim. You will see the effects of this are indeed accurate.
Now, using this empty container, rinse it out the same way government standards say is safe in order for us to eat our food. FDA says we’re able to wash conventional foods to make them safe for our consumption just by using water. This method is recommended for any produce. It’s now safe to eat, right? After all the FDA is a part of the government, right? We should be able to trust what they say, right?
After you rinse out your roundup container I’m asking you to put water back in it and drink the water from this container...will you? Do you trust what they say now?
There’s no way in hell I would drink from an emptied roundup container filled with water, nor would I expect you to, nor should you!
I’m just wanting to make a point and get real about this subject about what we are eating on a daily basis.
After all the Roundup label clearly states to keep out of reach of children, harmful if swallowed, avoid contact with eyes or prolonged contact with skin. Remove clothing if contaminated, this is because, your skin will absorb the effects as well as burn.
Lets finally get real about the food we eat and what we’re being told or as I will say, “shoveled“. All of these foods are slowly poisoning us. All the chemicals that the food is being grown with is slowly and methodically killing us, and we are just standing here taking it and letting these big food giants reap all the billions of dollars in profits from growing food at a cheaper, faster way, and we are the ones suffering from the whole process.
I am not claiming that I know everything about growing food, but being a professional landscaper for many years has shown me or given me the ability to see what most people do not get to see when it comes to plants. Even though Monsanto claims that roundup is gone within 24 hrs and is not harmful, I’ve seen the effects it has on seeds that are planted well after the effects should have warn off.
These seeds do not germinate. They don’t grow. They’re killed off before they can even get started. And for the plants that do grow, they grow with stunted growth or incorrectly and have lasting effects of damage to the plant itself.
Most of what else I have been talking about is from training as a Certified Natural Health Professional and observation, but at least I am observing, and what I am observing doesn’t set well with me. It holds no common sense value. I know there is little common sense left in the world today, but I am suggesting we may want to start going back to it.
It really is starting to be evident that the way things are going isn’t working for us is it?
If you are faced with a decision on which food to eat, conventional, grown with pesticides, or organic and it comes down to cost, there are things that can be done.
Even though it doesn’t change the fact that food grown with pesticides will still have the residue in the plant itself. And that there is clearly not as many vitamins and minerals to obtain while eating conventional food, or that you may need to eat more to access these precious nutrients, you can make the food somewhat safe by washing techniques.
The FDA advises against using commercial produce washes because the safety of their residues has not been evaluated and their effectiveness has not been tested or standardized. Oh please!!!! you have to be kidding. The food is grown with pesticides that are designed to kill everything in its path and they say vegetable washes may be harmful… this is me laughing…common sense people, common sense is all it takes.
Can these washes or even soap or chlorine bleach be that bad? We drink a mixture of chlorine and other chemicals daily in our drinking water so I ask, can a little soapy water hurt you?
The washing technique I use most when faced with purchasing conventional food is vinegar. White vinegar placed in a spray bottle. It’s very effective and very inexpensive. I spray the white vinegar on fruits and veggies making sure I coat them well. Let it set for a bit and then use clean water to rinse well. This method has proven to remove at least 93% of the outside pesticide residue. Remember you cannot remove the pesticides that are still in the plant. And you do want to be careful with berries or soft fruit. I personally will never buy a berry that is grown commercially. There is just too much pesticide contact to make it safe for my consumption at all. Always remember to wash off the outside of fruits and vegetables even if you plan to peel them. Think about it…you now have that residue on your hands and it will transfer to the core. Common sense.
If you are using city water you may want to invest in a filter that will take out the chemicals that are in the water to keep it safe for you to use (another article for sure). Although there is a chlorine bleach method that is said to clean produce I do not like to use this one at all. Common sense shows you’re replacing one chemical for another. Not exactly what I want to do. My objective is to get the produce as clean as I can.
Below is a bit more data on the effects of Roundup ready hazards and know there’s a lot more information on the internet. One wonderful thing that is happening, is that nothing can be hidden for very long in this world today. The goal is to take action and observe and comment when there seems to be something that does not set right. Common sense needs to come back.
This particular information below is from Organic Consumers Association, and it always has some good information.
“Health and Environmental Impacts of Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide from http://www.jrussellshealth.com/pests24d.html
A recent study by eminent oncologists Dr. Leonard Hardell and Dr. Mikael Eriksson of Sweden, has revealed clear links between one of the world’s biggest selling herbicide, glyphosate (commonly known as Roundup, marketed by Monsanto), to non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer – NHL. There are even requests for permits for higher residues on genetically engineered foods because they are highly resistant to herbicides, instead of reducing herbicide use, glyphosate resistant crops may result in increased residues. They are already on sale. Farmers knowing that their crop will tolerate or resist being killed off by the herbicides will tend to use them more liberally. There have been no risk/benefit analysis carried out, so the regulatory authorities have failed to implement the precautionary principle with respect to GMOs.
(“Herbicide Tolerance,” New Study Links Monsanto’s Roundup to cancer,” www.biotech-info.net/glyphosate_cancer.html – June 2001)The Women’s Cancer Resource Center (WCRC) and CHOSE (Coalition for a Healthy Oakland School Environment), showed that chemicals such as Round-Up (glyphosate) can result in reproductive damage as well as damage to the kidney and liver, and some studies show a link between the chemical and cancer.
(Chemical Injury Network, June 2001)
Glyphosate (Roundup) is one of the most toxic herbicides, and is the third most commonly reported cause of pesticide related illness among agricultural workers. Products containing glyphosate also contain other compounds, which can be toxic. Glyphosate is technically extremely difficult to measure in environmental samples, which means that data is often lacking on residue levels in food and the environment, and existent data may not be reliable.
(“Greenpeace Report – Not ready for Roundup: Glyphosate Fact Sheet,” greenpeace.org – April 1997)
Glyphosate is found in weed killers and may cause cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nerve, and respiratory damage.
(“Special Report: what you need to know about pest control,” Natural Health Magazine, May/June 2001)Roundup: Label – Keep out of reach of children, harmful if swallowed, avoid contact with eyes or prolonged contact with skin. Remove clothing if contaminated. Spray solutions of this product should be mixed, stored and applied only in stainless steel, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic and plastic-lined steel containers. This product or spray solutions of this product react with such containers and tanks to produce hydrogen gas that may form a highly combustible gas mixture. This gas mixture could flash or explode, causing serious personal injury, if ignited by open flame, spark, welder’s torch, lighted cigarette or other ignition source. Avoid direct applications to any body of water. Do not contaminate water by disposal of waste or cleaning of equipment. Avoid contamination of seed, feed, and foodstuffs. Soak up a small amounts of spill with absorbent clay. Do not reuse container for any other purpose.
(Roundup – Label, farmcentral.com – June 2001)
Monsano’s advertising campaigns have convinced many people that Roundup is safe, but the facts just don’t support this. Independent scientific studies have shown that Roundup is toxic to earthworms, beneficial insects, birds and mammals, plus it destroys the vegetation on which they depend for food and shelter. Although Monsanto claims that Roundup breaks down into harmless substances, it has been found to be extremely persistent, with residue absorbed by subsequent crops over a year after application. Roundup shows adverse effects in all standard categories of toxicological testing, including medium-term toxicity, long-term toxicity, genetic damage, effects on reproduction, and carcinogenicity.
Studies have shown that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, made bean plants more susceptible to disease, and reduces the growth of beneficial soil-dwelling mycorrhizal fungi. In rabbits exposed to glyphosate, sperm production was diminished by 50%, and caused genetic damage in the livers and kidneys of mice exposed to the herbicide. Monsano does not have to reveal the precise composition of Roundup.
(“Common Weed Killer (Roundup) Shows Evidence of Environmental and Health Problems,” Organic Gardening, July 2000 – in www.chem-tox.com – 2002)
Pharmacia Corporation owns Monsanto, and Monsanto makes Roundup insecticide. (www.mercola.com – May 2002) The Pharmacia Corporation’s core prescription pharmaceutical business claims to be a good citizen wherever they operate, and they are implementing a new, comprehensive system for managing environmental, safety, and health issues and has adopted a series of ESH standards to guide operations worldwide. (Pharmacia.com – May 2002) Some may question the ownership of a company that produces so many harmful chemicals to people, animals and plants. Roundup accounts for half of Monsano’s corporate profits says Organic Gardening, July 2000.
Dangers that affect children’s progress and interactions at school include learning disabilities and behavior problems. Among the dangerous chemicals is Roundup, which kills all green plants that it touches (users are advised to avoid the area for 24 hours). Another is Diazinon, used for killing insects in lawns (this one has a warning to keep away from edible plants because of its high degree of toxicity). Some schools have opted to pull weeds by hand, thus eliminating the need for spraying.
(“Keep those pests away from school,” Alternative Medicine magazine, March 2002)
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