Pesticides, Chemicals, Drugs, Hormones
What you don't know CAN hurt you
our lifetime pesticides, chemicals, drugs and pollutants have become part
of the fabric of our life, whether it is in, on or injected into the foods
we eat, the medicines we take, within the buildings we inhabit or within
the nature we enjoy – they are pervasive! Some enhance our lives, some
degrade it, and, for too many of them, we are simply unaware of the
long-term effects on us and our environments.
maintain our current way of growing food. Otherwise, we may face
starvation problems. But some pesticides are better than others, and some
can be dispensed with by altering our food-production methods. Governments
can support research into new-generation biological pesticides, such as
habitat-specific pest predators, and ban or tax dangerous, persistent
in animal products are of current concern. Some have been associated with
human health problems, while doing no more good than increasing output for
the producer. Growth hormone in milk is one such case in current
contention. But it is not the only one.
antibiotics, routinely used to combat the diseases that find purchase in
confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) travel with meat and dairy
products into the human food supply. While the antibiotic itself may not
cause harm to humans, it may kill off less detrimental organisms, leaving
only the ‘super bugs’ that are then resistant to antibiotic treatment.
Epidemics are a natural result.
in the USA, the EU and other developed countries have sought to regulate
the thousands of chemicals and drugs produced to be used in farms, in the
water, and in so many other places. Legislation and regulation certainly
have helped, but it behooves us to try and help that process by staying
informed and taking action when necessary.
views in more detail:
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Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Pesticide
- International POPs Elimination
(POPs = persistent organic pollutants
Rodale Institute - details of research and promotion of sustainable farming practices
Mayo Clinic – Medical information and tools for healthy living / newsletter
Mercola Optimal Wellness Center / newsletter
Rodale Company – dedicated to healthy living and organic farming principles