November 10, 2013
effect of pesticides and GM crops evident in health, environment issues
around the world
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack
last I have research reports to back up my observations of a lifetime of 92
years. I have seen the incidence of allergies, respiratory diseases,
arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, depression and autoimmune diseases
multiply many times over, and more and more in the past 10 years.
At the same time thousands of species are going extinct daily. The use of
disinfectants and pesticides seemed to be the answer. Their effects were
dramatic at first, but they did much more harm than good.
I saw in India, through a span of many years, what DDT and Gammexane did to
bedbugs and mosquitoes. Mutations into more aggressive varieties were the
result and natural controls died too or lost their effectiveness.
Now "Round Up" together with genetic modification are forced upon our
farmers and on cotton growers, and because yield seems improved, as well as
weeds controlled, they were deceived, and many still are. This is only
temporary. Indigenous varieties and biodiversity are being destroyed rapidly
and the treated crops themselves yield less or are ruined, sooner or later.
In India formerly prosperous cotton farms are bankrupted by crop failures
due to new diseases and blights.
sad side effect is that those farmers who try to grow organically find it
next to impossible to keep out contaminating pollen brought in by wind and
insects. Both good and bad insects themselves are dying out. Bees are dying
and as a result many fruits that need the good pollen that bees carry, are
Learning how to manage natural controls is essential. There are many
wonderful varieties of apples and other fruits that have gone extinct. The
same is true of chickens. The tastiness and health have been diminished. Cod
fisheries died, and salmon are dying because natural predators were allowed
to take over, through misinformed environmentalist propaganda.
I pray that environmentalists will become better informed and motivated.Our
Arctic peoples have had to change their diet because of increasing lack of
fish and caribou. BC indigenous people in our area get only one day when
they can fish for certain kinds of salmon instead of all year round. What a
horrible change to have to adjust too!
Closer to home let's look at the cleaning products we are buying. There is
no need for detergents to be antiseptic or to contain antibacterial
products. Old fashion soda bicab, vinegar, etc do as good a job of cleaning
and are less harmful. Please send us old fashioned as well as new ideas,
that you have found to be effective.
As the article below so clearly explains, a healthy balance of
microorganisms in their bodies, starting in early childhood gives children
an effective immune system.
We need to aim at balance in nature. Sincere research aims at finding
natural weapons used by plants and animals to ward off predators. Our
farmers benefited greatly through the experimental farms we had in every
municipality when I was a child. One excellent result was the developing of
frost and rust resistant wheat, through selective breeding, not use of
chemicals. Selection is good. Genetic modification is Frankenstein.
The dust bowl droughts of the 1930s were overcome by trying out and
practicing new ways to hold the topsoil from being blown away: (1. Longer
stems left after cutting, 2. Rows arranged at angles according to the
direction of the wind, and 3. Shallow harrowing to compost the stubble and
improve the humus).
We need to protect indigenous species not to replace them by genetic
modification. We need to discover and honour indigenous farming wisdom.
Meanwhile in Mexico most indigenous types of corn have already gone extinct.
In Africa indigenous grains have been used up for food due to famine. The
seed sold to them from abroad may seem to be productive, but it is hybrid
and will not reproduce, so the people remain poor and dependent.
The food we eat lacks adequate natural nutrition. The germ and skin are
removed. 35 or more nutrients have been removed and five vitamins and
minerals added. Then they are called purified and enriched. Labels are
deceiving and hard to understand. The words "vegetable oil" may be a
cover-up for hydrogenated oil (transfat), which is of no value. Natural oils
and fats are needed for the healing and repair of every cell of our bodies.
Saturated fat is not bad for us except when we eat too much of it. Butter is
safer than margarine.
Please take me seriously for I believe we are all called by our Creator to
be stewards of the beautiful creation. Please take time to understand the
David Suzuki's Science Matters – Getting Dirty May Be Healthy
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