Sunday, November 10, 2013

Seniors Scene

Chemical Soup

Long-term effect of pesticides and GM crops evident in health, environment issues around the world

Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack
 

t 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.

A 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 dying too.

 

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 following article.

 

David Suzuki's Science Matters Getting Dirty May Be Healthy here.
 

 

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