We know our health is largely reflected by what we put into our body, which motivates many to seek healthier options. Some people see the regular price, and then they see the more expensive organic option. Many of us wonder if the price increase is worth the organic label, or is it just a marketing ploy? Thinking positively, some people have faith in our food producers, thinking they only use toxic chemicals when needed like a solution for an insect infestation or a fungus outbreak. Well, that would be nice, but…
Truthfully, conventional agriculture is subject to a storm of chemicals. Whether you believe it or not, toxic chemicals are deceptive and they gradually harm our health, as well as the entire ecosystem. After reading this article, you may find yourself spending a little more for the organic produce where farmers do not use direct toxic chemicals. Or better yet, you might make plans to grow your own garden.
First Step: Chemical “Treatment”
Chemicals are used in nearly every step of the production process. Beginning with chemically treating the soil and seeds, all the way to the post-harvest process. Chemical fertilizers are used for controlling insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides during cultivation, although most, if not all, of these chemicals could be extremely harmful to our health over time.
A recent study found 13 to 15 different types of pesticide residue in some fruits being sold in stores. There is a new practice emerging called pre-harvest desiccation, where crops are drenched with herbicides, like glyphosate, before they are harvested to enhance ripening and to control weeds for the next crop. You may remember that glyphosate is the active chemical in Monsanto’s weed killer, Roundup.
In March, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
Big Quantities Grow Big Health Problems
Today, industrial farmers are challenged with being able to yield enough food for millions of people. Only a small fraction of citizens have a home garden, so finding fresh produce without any chemicals is a rare commodity in today’s world. Of course, we all have to eat, but it’s unfortunate that some farming practices inadvertently leads to pesticide residue in our foods.
Think you are safe buying certified non-GMO foods? Think again. This drenching of glyphosate prior to harvest is even conducted on some non-GMO foods. The actual seeds may not be genetically modified, however, they may still have chemicals leaked into them from the modern farming practices.
What to do? Be cautious when buying agricultural produce for your family to ensure their safety, well-being and good health. Always thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables, and support your local farmers market when possible.
Below is a list of foods approved for Roundup applications or for application of any other pesticides just before their harvest.
Cotton (cottonseed oil)
Now if you think Roundup is the only chemical approved for application just before harvest, here is a real shocker for you. Below is the list of other approved pre-harvest chemical desiccants.
In reality, any agricultural produce you eat contains some amount of poison. The questions is: Why would anyone want to eat poison with every meal and increase their toxicity load each day?
Organic foods don’t come cheap, but is it worth it to you and your family? Organics are more costly because the farming practices require more manpower to remove weeds, manage insects, and process the seeds. In fact, organic production is so labor intensive that an entire village gets employed to manage it.
Reader – After reading this, will you change your buying habits?