|Image from Wikipedia...Gives new meaning to "food safety," eh?|
We used to have chickens and ducks. We currently have goats and pigs. We know firsthand the costs of organic inputs. My husband's recent search to find local, less expensive, clean grains to feed the animals we raise for our food has been disheartening. Most of the growers in our area are using the toxic Agent Orange component, 2,4-D, a carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting herbicide. One farmer my husband spoke with was quick to claim that his grains were non-GMO, but he admitted he did use 2,4-D...the dangers of which he side-stepped with a bit of spin that sounded like a page out of the county extension agent's handbook.
The move to 2,4-D does not bode well for the future of food. That herbicide is gaining popularity because it works when Roundup does not. Yes, you heard me correctly. We know how toxic Roundup is...but 2,4-D is apparently worse. (And sold for "home" use as well...let us not forget the toxic lawns that American children play on regularly...2,4-D is one of the most popular lawn herbicides used.) In fact, Dow and Monsanto have already been seeking governmental approval for their next wave of chemical brews to combat the ever-growing "weed" and pest resistance. As they all do, this widely used herbicide will contribute to the proliferation of "super weeds," which will herald Big Ag's cry for even stronger poisons. Where does it end?!
|Image from heartlandbeat.com...BigAg food prep.|
We need to be wary of losing our original zeal for clean, organic, Real Food. And because commercial (certified) Organic growers are allowed to use some pesticides (yes, even the synthetic kind), we need to be avid about finding clean food sources or growing our own. If we become lulled into a false sense of security by focusing solely on GMOs, we will return ourselves to the days of eating poison and paying the piper with our physical demise and our children's compromised health future. The costs of complacency are too high.
Yes, truly organic food is more expensive, but what is your health worth? Your children's health...their brain function, immune function, future fertility? Why are we fooling ourselves into accepting the industry's chemical brews? Perhaps we need a reminding nudge about what we are turning a blind eye to...maybe a "light read" of the many legal chemical pesticides available to food producers. (Lists are published state by state...check out this one for New York). We need to remind our friends, our families, our neighbors, ourselves that the chemical toxins in the food supply have serious and lasting deleterious health affects.
Nontoxic food costs more to produce; it costs more to purchase. But...Pay now or pay later. Such is the reality of dealing with poisons in our food.
Revival of Highly Toxic Herbicide
Pesticide Action Network: Pesticides on Food
2,4-D Fact Sheet
Farmer Speaks Out Against 2,4-D
Big Ag Doesn't Want You to Care about Pesticides
Pesticide Exposure Linked to Adverse Affects Three Generations Later
Beyond Pesticides (Consumer Safety Organization)