We Know Organic Is Best So Why Are We Still Resisting?
written by Tammy Safi
Organic Foods according to Wikipedia: “Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods of organic farming –that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. [wikipedia.org]
The Non Organic Meat We Buy
Regular chicken, cattle, cows and sheep are feed antibiotics to keep them disease free. They are also contained in very cruel conditions with little room to move. Their new born are taken away soon after birth if the cows are milking cows so that they may milk the poor cows extensively. The stress these animals endure cause stress hormones to be constantly pumped into their flesh.
Additionally they are fed poor quality foods and if you remember the Mad Cow problem that the UK had in 1986 a horrific 3.7million cattle were slaughtered at that time .These are all manmade problems.
Why oh why would one risk eating non organic red meats. Farmed animals are given hormones to rush their growth, antibiotics on a regular basis and fed grains that are not suitable to their body chemistry like corn! Cows are not meant to eat corn (which can be genetically modified).
For more updated information, this article just came out in the Guardian.
Since the 1940- 50’s farmers have been using pesticides.
These pesticides are chemicals that protect the plant from
various bacterial, fungal and viral diseases, however can
be potentially harmful to human and animals.
The FDA has defined pesticides as “any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying or controlling any pest, including vectors of human or animal disease, unwanted species of plants or animals causing harm during or otherwise interfering with the production, processing, storage, transport or marketing of food, agricultural commodities, wood and wood products or animal feedstuffs, or substances which may be administered to animals for the control of insects, arachnids or other pests in or on their bodies. The term includes substances intended for use as a plant growth regulator, defoliant, desiccant or agent for thinning fruit or preventing the premature fall of fruit. Also used as substances applied to crops either before or after harvest to protect the commodity from deterioration during storage and transport.
Health effects of pesticides
and Pesticide poisoning
Pesticides may cause acute and
delayed health effects in workers who are exposed.Pesticide exposure can cause a variety of adverse health effects, ranging from simple irritation of the skin and eyes to more severe effects such as affecting the nervous system, mimicking hormones causing reproductive problems, and also causing cancer. A 2007systematic review found that “most studies on non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukaemia showed positive associations with pesticide exposure” and thus concluded that cosmetic use of pesticides should be decreased. Strong evidence also exists for other negative outcomes from pesticide exposure including neurological, birth defects, fetal death  andneurodevelopmental disorder.
The fruit and vegetables we buy are mostly sprayed with these biocides (pesticides). So why do we still buy sprayed foods?
- Most people are simply not aware of the harmful effects on our health by eating or even touching sprayed food. They trust our government to do the right thing by us.
- Some argue that it’s too expensive to buy organic.
- Some believe that there is no beneficial out come to eating organic foods.
A Survey in 2010 revealed the following:
Should All The Food You Buy Be Organic?
Only if you want to …Otherwise here a few short cuts that will lessen the Chemical Load and help you enjoy the best of your food.
If you have a garden or live in a flat there is no excuse not to grow your own. Plant heirloom (original) seeds or seedlings. Nothing is more gratifying then picking your own produce and eating it.
1- Food eaten in its season is healthier for our bodies (we were not meant to eat watermelons in winter) but we were meant to eat citrus (oranges lemons limes and mandarins). Their high vitamin C contents protects us from colds and flu.
2- Food grown in its season is sprayed less.
3- Tubers (veggies grown underground) are sprayed less.
4- Foods that have thick coatings or less contaminated foods,coconut,onions,pinapple,melons,asparagus,grapefruit,mangoes,kiwi, cabbage, sweet peas, egg plant, sweet potato, mushroom and avocados if washed well before cutting will have less residue.
5- Please wash all your fruit and veggies well some even need to be soaked to remove fungicidal sprays which are applied after picking to store them longer, like grapes.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Something to remember:
the more the demand the cheaper it will become. So if we all started to
demand better quality food AND BUY ORGANIC more organic fruit
and vegetables will be grown, more free range happy cattle will be
grazing and prices will come down.
“See you all in good health”.
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Throughout these 20yrs of practice my desire has always been to spread the word and teach who ever want to learn on how they can get well again. One of the ways I do this is by doing Local Community Radio.
I majored in Biology Chemistry at Uni then in my 30’s decided to become a Naturopath. For those who don’t know what a Naturopath is. It’s an umbrella word for an Herbalist, Nutritionist, Iridologist and Remedial Massage Therapist. I’ve added on to my qualifications many times over the years and now practice Lymphatic Drainage as well.
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