Pesticides in our Food
Hippocrates said “Let Food by thy medicine and Medicine be thy food” and I agree with him. Food should nourish and strengthen us with its vitamins, antioxidants and fibre.
At Primrose’s Kitchen we talk about Living in line with Nature. For me this is eating uncontaminated foods, breathing in clean air, taking regular exercise and living passionately doing work that inspires you, surrounded by people who support you.
When we get this combination right “dis-ease” can no longer take a hold on our body as our vital force is optimized and keeps things that don’t resonate with this higher frequency at bay- we are truly Living in line with our nature.
The BBC Trust me I am a doctor did tests on non organic and organic vegetables and found:
“Non-organic food did contain ‘trace amounts’ of pesticides….
But, these are considered to be levels, which are safe for human consumption. And so really you shouldn’t be worried at all.”
I don’t believe any of the food we eat should contain residues of substances that are designed to kill insects as it stands to reason they will have a detrimental effect on us of some kind or another. Eating poison is generally not advised…
Pan UK published a report “Food for Thought” in order to bring to our attention the levels of pesticides supplied to four to six-year olds in England under the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS). They found unacceptable levels of pesticides present – 123 pesticides in total!
They also highlighted the effects of these pesticides as being a kin to “poisons” in our system with acute symptom examples being: respiratory tract irritation, sore throat and/or cough, allergic sensitization, eye and skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, loss of consciousness, extreme weakness, seizures and/or death
Due impart to the heavy metals such as lead and copper long term pesticide exposure has been linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease; asthma; depression and anxiety; cancer, including leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma; and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Should any level of a poison be deemed safe for human consumption? and has the government legislation that says it is been highly questioned? These are the key questions we need to ask.
At Primrose’s Kitchen we are Organic because we believe that in an increasingly toxic world and an ever-pressurized ill health system organic is a step in the right direction.
Whether organic or non organic I don’t believe the nutritional benefits (aside from the lack of pesticides) are very different in the conventional supermarket consumer purchase chain. Nutritional content decreases the moment something is picked so in order to get the best nutrition from organic vegetables we should be encouraging organic pick your own, organic growing your own at home and on allotments or air drying once picked like we do with our vegetable muesli.
As well as contributing to species decline and decline in our health chemical fertilizers and pesticides are also contributing to the decline of our soil quality with a recent report saying that 16% of UK fields tested showed an absence of deep burrowing worms”. This clearly has a knock on effect on bird life who rely on worms for food too which is the studies are also showing.
Although price is often the obstacle to buying organic, I think we need to ask the question, what is the true price for our body, the planet and humanity as a whole if we don’t?
For further information on this subject I recommend watching a film called The Worm is Turning (link below)