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Environmental Toxins in Our Food Supply

You are what you eat. The sad fact is that as long as farmers are allowed to spray environmental toxins on the food they produce, they will be poisoning you and your family right along with the insects they are trying to kill. These pesticides are more than a simple residue on he skin of your fruit or vegetables. They are in the actual flesh of the produce, carried on the winds far from the field where they were originally sprayed, they are in the soil, in the groundwater, in the fish that swim in the water, in the animals that eat the feed that was sprayed and in your body. They are everywhere. That is why they are called environmental toxins.

Author: Bob Cotto
Back in the 19th and 20th century, canaries were used in the mines to detect contaminated air. Miners used canaries because birds are very sensitive to toxins and are affected by poisonous gasses much quicker than man, thus giving the miners an early warning to any poisonous gasses in the mines. The birds are giving us warning again. According to Audubon magazine, “each year, more than 67 million birds are killed by pesticides applied legally to U.S. farmland.” Sounds like it time for us to consider taking action.

Children are also more more sensitive to environmental toxins than adults are so the damage from environmental toxins often manifests sooner in babies and children. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer incidence among children under the age of 15 increased 32% between 1950 and 1985. It has also been estimated by researchers that there is a large percentage of cancer occurrences caused by exposure to environmental toxins as well as the well documented fact that the man made carcinogens in our food supply which is a major source of toxin exposure to people in the US.

Today’s modern farmers have an estimated choice of about 50,000 pesticide formulas and about 700 different chemicals. The agricultural industry is not solely to blame because many United States homeowners poison the earth as well by applying around 70 million pounds of pesticides on their lawns each year. Did you know that many of the chemicals we use on our lawns and gardens have exactly the same affect on insects as nerve gas had on soldiers? Many of the compounds used in home pesticides were the forerunners of the compounds used in chemical weapons that were developed during Word War II.

Think it can’t happen to you? Think again. Pesticides are poisonous chemicals that have absolutely no safe place in a human body. They are designed to kill. Want to know what pesticide use is linked to? Here is a quick list: breast cancer, birth defects, weakened immune system, non-hodkins lymphoma, brain damage, fetal death and malformations, fetal brain damage and miscarriage, Parkinsons, prostate cancer, lung cancer, hyperactivity, ADD and other neurological problems, male infertility and long term infertility. Check out Chem-Tox.com for more detailed effects of pesticides with supporting studies.

Any insects and birds eating from treated fields suffer from symptoms like quivering muscles, excessive tearing and salivation, failure of the respiratory muscles and, ultimately, asphyxiation – which are the same symptoms as nerve gas poisoning. Because both insects and weeds develop a resistance to the pesticides it is becoming a vicious cycle. The more their resistance builds up the more chemicals need to be used. It has been estimated by some sources that farmers have been spraying 2 to 5 times more than they were 30 years ago.

When it comes to environmental toxins prevention is better than cure, the best way to help with eliminating toxins from your body is to make sure you have a diet that is high in organically grown foods and low in industrially processed foods. There has been an increase recently in organic farms, and although organically raised beef, health food stores and organic food sections in many supermarkets are more expensive, they offer a valuable alternative to the industrial processed foods. If you find that these natural organic foods are hard to find in your area, try searching for them and perhaps ask your local grocer to try to carry them if and when possible.

An important thing to remember is that although the human body has the incredible ability to detoxify itself, when it is not at optimum health this ability can be seriously compromised. So although organic foods like organically raised beef, health food stores and organic food sections in many supermarkets are much more expensive than normal foods they are well worth the extra expense. It is essential that your body receives the correct nutrients to achieve and maintain optimal health.

While the knowledge that these chemicals are all around us can be discouraging, it is also a very serious call to action for those in the know. This is the very reason that the organic movement has taken on a life of its own. If you are not fortunate enough to live near a Wild Oats, Trader Joes or Whole Foods, there are still plenty of organic options. A great alternative is to find a food co-op or local grower. Buying locally saves tremendous wear and tear on the environment and of course keeps your neighbors in business. Another excellent way to get more organic food in your diet is to grow your own. Just make sure to use filtered water and natural pest control methods. As a last resort you can purchase organic food on the internet from Diamond Organics and even Amazon.

About the Author:
Bob Cotto has over 35 years experience in Senior Sales and Marketing Management positions with a variety of companies, such as We The People, IRM, Live Marketing, Cigna Securities and many others. For each of these companies, he’s led the sales and marketing teams to triple digit record breaking growth year after year. If there’s one thing he understands, its business. And that’s why he KNOWS that the Ultimate Business In A Box has everything you’ll need to succeed.

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Discussion

16 Responses to “Environmental Toxins in Our Food Supply”

  1. Another option is joining a CSA you can find one along with some other great resources at http://www.localharvest.org/
    I am a big fan of growing your own! Thank you for helping get the word out about these dangerous toxins in our everyday life.

    Posted by Miss Brittani | February 11, 2009, 12:42 pm
  2. Personally, I love to watch birds. Such fascinating creatures, particularly when you get to know some of their habits. Even when I lived in the city I found there were always interesting bird species to spot in local parks. Highly recommended to anyone who might have an interest in wildlife…

    Posted by Stan | February 18, 2009, 2:19 pm
  3. I think this case is a serious one. Here in my country, we are dominantly using pesticides, so glad that there are farmers who are trying to go back to organic farming. Thanks a lot!

    Posted by Hershey | August 28, 2009, 9:32 am
  4. With the implication of Integrated Pest Management techniques, the chances of pollution have gone down drastically.

    Pest Management Professionals now will apply products in a “spot treatment” method to ensure proper application, with the minimum amount of product used.

    Posted by JPMcHale | October 26, 2009, 12:24 pm
  5. When it comes to Ant Pest Control, consider safe, natural, non-toxic methods of ant removal such as the use of baby powder (ants hate it so sprinkle on ground in area where ants travel), mint (place mint tea bags at entry points), borax, and vinegar. Don’t forget to try and reduce the high moisture conditions which attract ants in the first place.

    Posted by David | November 9, 2009, 11:48 am
  6. While the use of certain toxins in the farming process have absolutely gone down, many have been replaced by new toxins which are detrimental in different ways. I’m not a scientist, so I don’t know what the long-term affects of any of these chemicals are. Therefore, my question is why not avoid them all together to be safe? Organics are definitely the way to go!

    Posted by Darvin | January 13, 2010, 2:42 pm
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    Posted by Sharonda Salvatierra | March 3, 2010, 2:09 am
  8. The toxins are killing our brains, this is where they want us. Even the so called “organic” food has it, we are not safe from anything anymore!

    Posted by Pepper Spray | June 20, 2010, 10:06 pm
  9. Always seek for a non-toxic and enviro friendly chemicals. People, companies concern to the earth are already made this kind of solution

    Posted by Environment Cooling | July 15, 2010, 8:51 pm
  10. Wow great article.

    Posted by Food Insurance | October 28, 2010, 3:12 pm
  11. Maybe you should change the blog subject title Environmental Toxins in Our Food Supply | Natural Living to more suited for your blog post you write. I loved the the writing even sononetheless.

    Posted by Pointer Men's Basketball | October 29, 2010, 6:06 pm
  12. I disagree with the last comment. Eating organic is about the best you can do aside from growing your own produce, which no one can really do in any practical way. The thing with food these days is that you have to do the best you can. That goes for what we eat at home as well as out at restaurants. Eating organic is in fact better than not, and buying produce at a farmers market is also a good choice. Just be careful, a lot of farmers markets are not necessarily organic. While I am also skeptical about the FDA, USDA, and Certified Organic process, choosing organic is still your best option.

    Posted by julian | November 11, 2010, 10:07 pm
  13. so glad that there are farmers who are trying to go back to organic farming. Thanks a lot!

    Posted by tinnitus | November 23, 2010, 8:27 am
  14. very interesting post. like nothing i read before

    Posted by search | December 3, 2010, 2:47 am
  15. Hey Bob

    It is really encouraging to know that organic farming is back on the rise again. thanks for the great post!

    Posted by How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs | March 26, 2011, 3:09 pm

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