With the ever increasing numbers of people with anxiety, depression, cancer (including childhood cancer), digestion & gut disorders, autism, obesity, endocrine imbalances, autoimmune disease, infertility, diabetes, allergies etc, we have to wonder if what we eat is part of the cause? Significantly, the huge increase in these diseases has coincided with the introduction of genetically modified crops into our food chain in the mid-1990's (and their associated herbicide and pesticide use). Only 30 years ago when I was a child, most of these diseases were rare and unusual, even unheard of. That is no longer the case, and not the experience of my children - everyone they know is sick with something, either physically or psychologically or both. Unfortunately, it has become impossible to avoid disease causing toxins if you choose to eat non-organic foods. This level of disease in our society is not normal! Don’t allow yourself to think this is just the way it is now – humans created this situation, and we must reverse it to survive.
Genetically modified crops use much more glyphosate-based herbicide and pesticide than non-GMO grown food, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is okay to eat food labelled non-GMO. Chemical herbicides and pesticides are also used on conventionally grown, non-GMO food. Although diet changes may seem overwhelming and inconvenient, it’s important to question how much you value your health and longevity. If you want to be sure that you and your children are not ingesting harmful chemicals on a daily basis, then it is essential to eat organically grown food.
In studies, it is most often the effects of the glyphosate in the herbicide that are measured. However, pesticides and herbicides have other compounds in them too, such as heavy metals. Synergistically, the combination of the glyphosate and the heavy metals work together to have a much greater impact on human health. Heavy metal toxicity is also associated with many diseases such as anxiety, depression, Parkinson's, Alzheimers, neuropathy, cancer etc.
Understand that as consumers, we have power. What we choose to buy informs what is produced. Often people tell me that they cannot afford to buy organic food. Some people truly can’t afford it, and some people choose to spend their money on other things instead of organic food. I have found that if I buy organic whole foods and cook from scratch, I can feed a family of four on about CAD$200/week. If I buy organic packaged and prepared foods then my grocery bill is much higher, at around CAD$500/week. Buying whole foods and cooking from scratch allows me to save substantially, and be able to afford non-toxic food for my family.
Buying organic is a political protest and an act of huge importance. The more we buy it, the more it will be produced, and eventually it will become more affordable for all. Use your voice in supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants – always ask for organic options so that these businesses hear what we want. Even if they don't currently offer organic options, if it is constantly requested, a seed will be planted. Please support organic farming and organic agriculture as much as you possibly can. It will help save humanity and the planet!
Pesticide exposure - head and neck cancers: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28955675
Glyphosate herbicide exposure - gut microbiota, depression & anxiety: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29635013
Glyphosate herbicide exposure - neurobehavioral changes: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5550406/
Heavy metals in soil related to inorganic fertilizer and pesticide application: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15091407
Synergistic effects of heavy metals and pesticides: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5641569/
Toxicity of formulants and heavy metals in glyphosate-based herbicide and other pesticides: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5756058/