When people hear word ‘organic’, they often tend to think it’s just a hippy way to produce food that involves no machinery. Instead, they envision Amiches wearing rags with dirty nails, weather-beaten faces and pitchforks. Another popular opinion is that organic food is unreasonably overpriced.
Some people go a bit further. They think that organic food — or any other organic produce like cotton or linen — is produce grown without using non-organic chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
What organic really means and how it came about
Practically speaking, organic food production means more than just the absence of harmful herbicides and pesticides. Principally, it means that all the elements (soil, plants, water, etc.) have the right relationship to each other, just as the organs in a human body do.
If this harmony isn’t created and has too many undesirable additives, the organism may fail. But I digress, this is another story. In this post, I want to concentrate on chemical farming and its consequences.
Today’s definition of ‘organic farming’ didn’t exist back in the day. Growing naturally without pesticides and fertilizers was the only one way to do it.
Chemical farming, or so-called intensive farming, emerged with the increase in population and industrial revolution. Mechanization allowed farmers to increase yields. Scientific research — such as the identification of potassium and nitrogen as main factors for successful growing – encouraged the manufacture of synthetic fertilizers. This increased crop yields even more.
Then the discovery of antibiotics solved the main problem of intensive farming — crowding, which causes rapid spread of various diseases.
Feeding your children toxic chemicals
Numerous researchers have shown that toxicity of commonly used pesticides and fertilizers do more than cause terminal diseases, such as cancer and brain damage. They also may affect the DNA of future generations — even without continued environmental insult.
I see it very often when busy mommies have no time to take care of their own diet, yet they’re absolutely obsessed with their children’s food. Now, I have to tell you something… Obviously, it’s very important what their diets consist of, but your parents, your grandparents and you yourself built your child’s health.
In other words, no matter how ‘healthy’ your diet is in modern understanding — whether it’s vegetarian, vegan, raw, paleo, mainly consists of fruits and vegetables, quinoa, chia seeds, spirulina, goji berries… you name it — you and your children, and the children of your children, are still heavily exposed to harmful effects of fertilizers and pesticides that these ‘healthy’ foods have been treated with.
Moreover, it’s proven that food that NOT treated with fertilizers and pesticides has much higher nutritional quality than non-organic food.
By eating organic food, then, we’re not just supporting organic producers. We’re also investing in the health of the future generations of our own families. At the end of the day, we are the ones who will have to take care of them should this chemical nightmare affect their health.
But he ate ‘healthy’…
Just think about it. How often do you hear something like, “All these healthy diets don’t work. He was so healthy, exercised regularly and ate well and then died from cancer.”
Even if you eat ‘healthy’, exercise, control your stress level and don’t take any medications, do you really control how much toxic chemicals kill your cells? Wreak havoc on your nervous system? Cause tumors? You probably eat those chemicals every day. They’re served up for breakfast in your oats or in that apple that you or your child had for lunch. Yes, your child…
You try to protect your children from smoking, drinking and drugs. You carefully look after their diets. Brilliant! Let’s look at what you possibly put into their lunch bags when you buy/grow non-organic and then feed your children with it:
Thiacloprid is used on vegetables and fruit trees. It’s harmful to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. Producers such as Bayer recommend the following when using it: not to eat, drink or smoke and to wash hands immediately or even to take shower after applying it onto your vegetables and fruit-trees.
Thiacloprid works by disruption of pest’s nervous system…
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, thiacloprid is ‘classified as a “likely” human carcinogen based on thyroid tumors and uterine tumors in rats and ovary tumors in mice’.
Acetamiprid is used on fruit and vegetables crops. ‘Bug Clear’ brand recommends eating them the day after treatment with this spray. However, according to the report from the European Commission there’s evidence this substance can possibly cause cancer.
Thiamethoxam is used on fruits and vegetables outdoors and in greenhouses. It kills insects by interfering with the central nervous system and paralyzing their muscles. According to Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, it’s ‘harmful if swallowed and very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.’
Revisiting your definition of ‘healthy’
All three above listed pesticides are known to be responsible for the collapse in bee numbers and banned to use in organic farming.
Do you still think that ‘healthy’ means the right ratio of carbohydrates, fats and proteins? What about just enough superfoods and vitamins in your diet? I strongly believe that these ‘nasty pests’ that make your salad look so unattractive for supermarkets actually know the right answer to those questions.
If they refuse to eat food sprayed with pesticides, maybe you shouldn’t do it either? Or if it kills them, maybe, just maybe it very likely will kill you, too? No, no not instantly. But by residing in your body and slowly, over time, intoxicating and killing your cells? Yes, it absolutely will.
The best way to reduce your exposure to pesticides in all foods is to buy or grow organic. Don’t let the non-organic industry control your life and the lives of your friends and relatives.
At the end of the day, its all about health and quality of life — and not about scientific experiments with your future.