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PESTICIDES, FUNGICIDES AND HERBICIDES

 

Crop spraying

 

There are many foods on which pesticide, herbicide and fungicide residues have been found. Therefore, individuals wanting to avoid pesticide-associated health risks should opt to purchase only organically grown fruits and vegetables.

Coffee

Columbian coffee planters have regularly used deadly pesticides on their plants for decades. Some include aldrin, dieldrin, chlordane and heptachlor. Coffee beans are the most significant source of these deadly toxins in the diet. There has been evidence discovered that agricultural pesticides can cause prostate cancer amongst many other health disorders. Always choose organically produced coffee to avoid this problem.

Tea

In one study in 2016, more than half of all the ten popular tea brands tested had pesticide residues that were above the legally acceptable limit. Eight out of the 10 teas tested also contained multiple chemicals, with one brand, 'Uncle Lee's Legends of China' (green tea), containing over 22 different types of pesticides including endosulfan that is known to cause tremors and other disorders of the central nervous system and, in some cases, has lead to death. 'No Name' tea was found to contain 10 types of pesticides and 'King Cole' tea contained monocrotophos, which is known to cause irregular heartbeat, involuntary defecation and can induce coma. Out of the 10 tea brands tested Red Rose' tea was found to contain no pesticide residues at all proving it was possible to produce tea without the use of dangerous pesticides.

There has not been enough research into the long term affects of the pesticides being used since the war. The companies that produced the poisons used during chemical warfare switched after the war to kill 'pests' instead of humans.

Dangers of DDT insecticide

 

DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is an insecticide which was banned in many countries including the USA and UK by 1980 but some countries still use it to try to control malaria as advised by the World Health Organisation. Some foods may be imported that have been contaminated as it also degrades very slowly in the environment hence lingering in the soil. In the human body it is converted to DDE (dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene) and stored in fatty tissues including those in the brain. It has been reported that high levels are often found in those suffering with Alzheimer's, peripheral neuropathy and in those who have had a stroke.

 

There are many ways to detoxify the body of toxins such as pesticides. Deep breathing exercises in through the nose and out through the mouth whilst bouncing on a trampoline has extraordinarily worked for some. Any regime which cleans the liver and kidneys will also detoxify the body. Losing extra weight by regular gentle exercise can also help as toxins are often stored in the fatty tissues and can be expelled through perspiration. See the Cleanse and Detoxify page for more information.

Save the bees

Studies have not had time, as yet, to find out the detrimental affects on living organisms as the chemicals accumulate in the system as well as the crops, soil, water and, most importantly, the beehive's stores of nectar. Perhaps many of the newest human ailments that have arisen in the last few years could be the result of this. It is almost certain that the decline in the world's population of honey bees is a direct result of pesticides sprayed onto the crops they are feeding from during the winter from nectar stores in their hives. As no one knows for sure it is always safer to choose organic food.

As Albert Einstein warned, if our bees disappear human beings will have just four years survival left on this planet before they starve to death.

 

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Genetically modified crops

The USA based leading conglomerate in the biotech revolution threatens to engineer the genes of every food crop on the planet. In 1996, the altered soya bean was introduced to the world of commerce. The soya bean has been altered to withstand higher levels of the leading chemical herbicides. Humans then ingest these higher levels of herbicides when they consume the crops. Many common foods have been genetically modified to tolerate higher levels and strengths of herbicides containing glyphosate which can be responsible for numerous serious human health disorders through its known bio semiotic effects. It is not the GM crops that are causing human health issues but the higher levels of ingested glyphosates.

Common foods that have been genetically modified

  • Alfalfa

  • Artificial preservatives and sweeteners

  • Bananas

  • Cassava

  • Corn

  • Cotton

  • Honey

  • Maize

  • Mustard

  • Papaya

  • Peas

  • Pork

  • Potatoes

  • Rapeseed

  • Rice

  • Salmon (farmed)

  • Soya beans

  • Squash

  • Sugar beets

  • Tomatoes

  • Turnips

  • Vegetable oils

  • Wine (made using GMO yeasts)

  • Yeast products

Because some genetically modified crops such as corn, sugar and soya beans are used in many other food products and to feed livestock, humans are being exposed to far higher levels of these pesticides residue than is healthy. The seeds of the Jatropha (Jatropha curcas) plant are like palm oil that is used as bio-fuel. The extracted oil from the Jatropha seeds is a high source of protein and often used for feeding livestock. However planting Jatropha seeds has caused destruction of native plants and had devastating results in agricultural practices in India.

 

Conditions that ingestion of glyphosate can contribute or lead to

Glyphosate works synergistically with other factors, such as insufficient sun exposure, dietary deficiencies in critical nutrients such as sulphur and zinc and synergistic exposure to other xenobiotics whose detoxification is impaired by glyphosate.

 

Heavy drinkers of alcohol, who lose large quantities of zinc through the urine, are particularly at risk as are people on many medications that also force expulsion of these vital minerals. It can also adversely effect anyone that partakes in regular intense physical activities that involve stamina and endurance such as athletes, sports and dancing etc. because these people consume too much protein and sugar, use up nutrients faster and expel minerals in the sweat and often do not take the time to replenish bodily stores.

 

 Sports nutrition

 

More research needs to be done about the effect of modern intense farming techniques as they also leech many of the minerals from the soil and do not replace them which only adds to the adverse effects on human health.Danish farmer, Borup Pederson, had reared hogs for decades. So he was alarmed when he observed a growing incidence of malformations and birth defects in his newborn piglets. The deformities included: gaps in piglet’s skulls, deformed bones, missing limbs and a female piglet with testicles. Realising that he had switched the feed three years earlier to a well known company's genetically-modified seed and, because he had never witnessed such high numbers of birth defects in his piglets before, he suspected that either the gm seeds or the glyphosate could be to blame. He had the piglets assessed by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Leipzig, Germany and Hvidsten, Denmark and by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Sadat City University in Egypt (source: Townsend Letter, January 2015).

The researchers found glyphosate in the lungs, livers, kidneys, brains, muscles and gut walls of the piglets. Their findings were published in the journal Environmental and Analytical Toxicology. It was found in the highest concentration in the lungs and hearts of the animals, with lower concentrations in the muscles. The researchers conclude that “further investigations are urgently needed” to determine whether there is a link between the glyphosate concentrations and the birth defects.

In an earlier study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, researchers identified a link between glyphosate pesticides and lymphoma which is a type of cancer of the lymph nodes and lymphatic system. The scientists found that glyphosate exposure doubled an individual’s risk of the cancer.

Glyphosate also known as the “Darth Vader chemical" is found in weed-killing products such as 'Weedol' and 'Roundup' and has been linked to other serious health conditions and environmental degradation. As far back as 2009, France’s highest court found Monsanto guilty of lying about the safety of Roundup, including falsely advertising it as “biodegradable”, “environmentally-friendly” and even claiming that it “left the soil clean”. In an interview, Dr Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) discussed glyphosate as possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernised societies". Glyphosate has been linked to other diseases, including: breast cancer, coeliac disease and kidney failure.

 

The benefits of genetically modified crops

 

On a healthier note, in some genetically modified foods, genes are added to enable the plant to survive attacks by pests which lowers the use of pesticides required and produces a more prolific crop. In these cases the science can be beneficial to mankind but it is yet to be discovered what effect this may have on the environment in the long term.

 

Because the natural genetics have been altered the nutrient levels of these crops are no longer naturally balanced. Studies have shown that some wild animals will favour natural foods over GM foods. This is probably because the animal can naturally sense the food no longer contains that which the animal needs for survival. The other concern is that interfering with the genetics of plants on such a fundamental level interrupts evolution and to introduce them into the wild before knowing enough about what the consequences may be is perhaps irresponsible. Who knows what mutations of bacteria, fungi and viruses can develop?

 

ladybird on tomato

 

Go organic

 

It has now been proven that organic crop growers, that use natural biological techniques to control the pests and growth of their crops, lose no more produce than those that use chemically produced pesticides. Organic crops also prove to be more nutritious and tasty. This is economical because the consumer needs far smaller portions of organic food to gain the same nutritional benefit. Today, due to modern growing techniques, it is necessary to eat six commercially grown tomatoes in order to gain the same nutritional benefit gained from one organic tomato or a tomato grown 50 years ago. This amounts to consuming six times more sugar which tomatoes also contain.

 

One reason society have moved away from consuming organic foods is for the profits of the food production companies who wanted more and more uniformed food produced, that could also survive in transit and storage for longer periods, so that they can make higher profits from a worldwide market. They did not consider the ill effect on peoples health when structuring their fast growing food businesses.

 

It is only coming to light now that constant consumption of deadly toxins build up and can lead to many devastating conditions and diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and the deadly tumours of cancer. Pockets of the pesticide, herbicide, fungicide, fertilizer and food additive chemicals are toxins which can collect anywhere in the body, including the brain, causing detrimental disruption to the normal chemical processes. Most pesticides, herbicides and fungicides accumulate in fatty tissues and then tend to settle in the bones.

 

Because there are also many other reasons why people develop conditions which can be caused by toxic build-up and because it happens over a very long period of time, it is difficult to prove what was the culprit but there is enough evidence to prove that the chemicals used are harmful to the human system as well as the natural biodiversity of the flora and fauna in the wild.
Most people nowadays do not possess the correct balance of beneficial bacteria in their intestines or consume enough nutritious fruit and vegetables to enable their body to clean out the toxins in their systems. If they are also primarily consuming processed foods, with most of the beneficial nutrients stripped out, the risk of developing debilitating conditions and serious life threatening disease is even higher.

 

Salt is a prime example of unethical values of certain food companies. Mineral rich sea salt is stripped down to sodium and sold as table salt and all the other minerals (which should have been consumed with the sodium for optimum effect) are sold for a higher profit to other industries paying far more for these elements. See Salt in the diet for more information.

 

Foods that can contain pesticide residues

 

  • Apples

  • Asparagus

  • Aubergine

  • Avocado

  • Bananas

  • Bell peppers

  • Blue berries

  • Cantaloupe

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Cherries

  • Chilli peppers

  • Cocoa beans

  • Coffee beans

  • Collard greens

  • Courgettes

  • Cucumbers

  • Grapefruit

  • Grapes

  • Kale

  • Kiwi fruit

  • Lettuce

  • Mange toute peas

  • Mangos

  • Mushrooms

  • Nectarines

  • Onions

  • Oranges

  • Papaya

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Pineapples

  • Plums

  • Potatoes

  • Raspberries

  • Runner beans

  • Spinach

  • Spring onions

  • Squash

  • Strawberries

  • Sweet corn

  • Peas

  • Tea leaves

  • Tomatoes

  • Watermelon

 

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