I’ve had people tell me they don’t eat organic food, they think everything is poisonous, doesn’t matter what you eat, drink, wear, consume, it’s all toxic….they spray chemical fertilizers on their gardens, they use chemical pesticides on their veggies and fruit and the majority of the time, they have more health problems than they can count and don’t see any correlation. Because I am so strict about organic food and have been for years, I have actually had people with cancer tell my children when they were little that, ‘… it doesn’t matter what you eat, look at me! I eat whatever I want!’ I didn’t say it to them directly, but was thinking, ‘Don’t you have cancer?’ Two different people who had cancer told my daughters that when they were little, unfortunately one has passed.
Truth is we CAN avoid toxins, especially in our gardens, it is the most important place to start. Because whatever we spray on our vegetables or work into our soil becomes the soil. If it is toxic, then so is your soil and your vegetables. Leaching into the water supply, affecting the microorganisms, animals, plants, etc.
We cannot assume that if the FDA or EPA approves a pesticide or fertilizer and says it’s ok to spray on our gardens that this means it’s safe. While many other countries ban toxic herbicides, American crops are grown with such potentially carcinogenic substances as Round up (glyphosate) and atrazine. Never heard of that one? It is actually the most prevalent chemical contaminant in U.S. water supplies. It’s just like DDT, they made it illegal to use in the U.S., so they ship it to Mexico to grow food with and then we buy the food from Mexico that was grown in it….
The problem with these chemicals is they don’t stay where they are sprayed, they leach into the water supply. Nearly 90 percent of the water tested by the USDA has atrazine residue in it.
What does that mean to you? Atrazine is an Endocrine Disruptor. Endocrine disruptions can cause adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune effects in people and wildlife. Our Endocrine System is the same as our hormone system, including hormone secreting glands and is in charge of regulating blood sugar, our reproductive systems, metabolism, brain function and the nervous system. Disrupting our hormones can lead to serious consequences, one hormone out of whack can have serious ripple effects throughout the body. It has also been linked to birth defects. The effects of this chemical on our bodies is too extensive for this blog, you can research it for yourself, it’s not good.
So, what can you do?
You can use a water filter, look for one that is certified to remove atrazine.
Buy Organic~this is the only way to ensure you are eating clean food. And it’s not just for the food you are eating, you are also supporting a healthy ecosystem, clean drinking water, clean air, love and devotion for our planet, our environment and all of the species that share it.
Contact Your Legislature~Right now, they are trying to lift and rescind laws set in place to protect us from this very issue. The House of Representatives is about to pass Big Ag’s dream bill. This year’s farm bill repeals critical environmental and public health protections – like those that prevent pesticides from getting in our drinking water – while expanding loopholes that have allowed millionaire landowners to stuff their pockets with taxpayer dollars for years.
The farm bill is a massive piece of legislation that has a big impact on our food, air and water. It gets reauthorized every five years and, each time, Big Ag chips away at the protections this bill is meant to ensure. Just look at what this year’s bill would do:
- Roll back clean water rule regulations and allow farmers to spray pesticides straight into waterways – including those that are drinking water sources!
- Prevent cities and counties from taking action on pesticides polluting their communities. It would also rescind any existing local regulations.
- Expand loopholes that allow millionaire landowners to line their pockets with taxpayer dollars, without ever lifting a finger on a farm.
There is something you can do, right now, do your part and click the link below to tell Congress to stand up for healthy farms and people! Make you dollar your voice, only support organic farmers doing the right thing for the planet. Have a clean conscious, know that your choices are impacting your children, the animals, the planet and our future generations in a positive, healthy way!