Pesticide poisoning has rapidly increased in Argentina as Monsanto-seed
pesticided crops ramped up.
Meanwhile in Georgia, 90+% of common crops already are doused in pesticides.
What effects are all those poisons having on our own children and adults?
Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi wasn’t trained to use protective
gear as he pumped pesticides into crop dusters. Now at 47, he’s a
Schoolteacher Andrea Druetta lives in a town where it’s illegal to
spray agrochemicals within 550 yards of homes, and yet soy is
planted just 33 yards from her back door. Recently, her boys were
showered in chemicals while swimming in their backyard pool.
Sofia Gatica’s search for answers after losing her newborn to kidney
failure led to Argentina’s first criminal convictions for illegal
spraying last year. But 80 percent of her neighbors’ children
surveyed carry pesticides in their blood.
Analyses of bees found dead in and around hives from several
apiaries over two years in Indiana showed the presence of
neonicotinoid insecticides, which are commonly used to coat corn and
soybean seeds before planting. The research showed that those
insecticides were present at high concentrations in waste talc that
is exhausted from farm machinery during planting.
The insecticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam were also
consistently found at low levels in soil — up to two years
after treated seed was planted — on nearby dandelion flowers
and in corn pollen gathered by the bees, according to the findings
released in the journal PLoS One this month.
“We know that these insecticides are highly toxic to bees; we found
them in each sample of dead and dying bees,” said Christian Krupke,
associate professor of entomology and a co-author of the findings.
The authors are careful to say they don’t claim to have found the
only cause of honeybee deaths, because they can’t prove that.
They do seem to have proved specific insecticides are one cause.
Is wiping out honebees worth the profits of a very few large
agrobusinesses that sell these poisons?
I want to show a picture of my friend Brittney.
She’s sixteen years old.
She’s got six years to live.
Because of the food that she’s eaten.
She’s the third generation of Americans that hasn’t grown up within a food
environment where they’ve been taught to cook at home
or in school.
Or her mum. Or her mum’s mum.
She has six years to live!
More pictures of people with very round faces and rounder bodies:
This is a normal family, guys!.
We need to change normal.
That’s what Jamie Oliver wants to do.
Obesity leads to diabetes and heart disease.
And what leads to obesity?
Lack of exercise combined with food stuffed with
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), salt, and fat
in massive portions.
Fast food has taken over the whole country, we know that.
Time to take it back.
I wish I could come up here today and hang up a cure for AIDS or cancer,
you’d be fighting and scrambling to get to me.
This, all this bad news, is preventable. That’s the good news.
It’s very preventable.
Vote with your food purchases.
Demand a food ambassador in every supermarket.
Demand big food businesses back food education.
Get the government to work with the fast food purveyors
to wean us off the fat, sugar, and salt.
Schools, ages 4-whenever: proper fresh food cooked from local sources on site.
Every child should leave school knowing how to cook ten recipes
that will save their life.
Corporate American should feed their staff properly.
You can care and be commercial.
That’s his prescription.
Doesn’t sound so hard, does it?