The evidence is in.
I grew up on a farm in Iowa during the 80’s and 90’s. I’m autistic, and have a multitude of health issues, autoimmune complications, and illnesses that have always been labeled “idiopathic.” As I have moved toward carnivore and organic eating, most of them have begun to ameliorate. This needs investigation.
Presently reading Stephanie Seneff's "Toxic Legacy". Highly recommended. Glyphosate is literally everywhere and in everything. It is the DDT of our time. But worse.
Thank you for addressing this important topic, Robert. The more people eat whole, organic, *real* food, the better their health and the less likely they are to wind up a victim of the medical-pharmaceutical complex.
If people are fortunate enough to live near a growers market or have access to a CSA, the best option is to buy your food from local farmers and producers. Many of these farmers cannot afford the organic certification process but still grow according to organic guidelines, so if you have the opportunity to meet them in person or call them, you can find out if they are unofficially organic.
Supporting local farmers and producers not only makes you healthier but also makes your local economy more robust, resilient, and self-reliant in times of scarcity.
Chickpeas -- only eat organic. This has the highest amount of Roundup! Check your hummus labels too & make sure it is organic! I find organic chickpeas at Trader Joes for 99 cents!
Peanut butter is another item you should only eat if organic!
Consider signing Dr Zach Bush's petition "Ban Glyphosate: Keep harmful chemicals out of our foods". He just met with 6 senators in DC about this critical issue.
Great article. People think that organic is some kind of leftism or wokism, but this is totally wrong. The left is aligned with big poisoning corporations now, including the agrochemical. Permaculture and regenerative farming is the freedom, libertarian way.
We have learned we cannot trust ANY government entity. How can we trust the "USDA organic" label?
Hate to break it to you, but organic- as it's practiced in the US- is far from the gold standard.
Yes, for many of the reasons you listed, organic is much better than conventional practices...BUT organic still requires a lot of organic inputs for fertility, still uses organic pesticides, still involves a lot of tillage as well as bare fallows. So what really is the ideal is regenerative forms of plant and meat production that optimize soil health.
Here's a recent blog on this topic worth reading: https://lachefnet.wordpress.com/2022/07/31/soil-and-human-gut-dysbiosis/
This blog includes a list of bullet points as to why organic Ag is far from the gold standard. The USDA Organic label has more to do with following rules than producing best outcomes.
https://www.realorganicproject.org The Real Organic Project is an add-on certification to the USDA certified organically grown or organically raised certification. The USDA certification has too many loopholes and has become compromised by big money corruption. The Real Organic Project inspection & certification is offered free to the farmer because people like you and me donate money and time and resources. I've donated hundreds of dollars. I convinced my local organic farmer to get certified, and she's now doubly certified.
In case no one else has admitted it, I use glyphosate (boo, hiss, boo): but, because I’ve been aware of concerns for a long time, I have strict rules: in the garden only use as a last resort, do not over use, even when keeping periphery clear, do not use when food is growing (trust the soil microbiology does it’s thing for the spring spraying, etc.
I am concerned when we genetically modify plants so that more glyphosate can be used.
Now, the argument for not being a strict organic person, nor trying to impose that on all growers, be they commercial or a goober like me with a large garden: we have 6B plus people all striving to put food in their bellies and without herbicides and pesticides were fighting a losing battle - as it is, even with the herbicides and pesticides, sometimes it’s a toss up.
I’ve tried "organic" methods keeping bugs at bay and I’ve found very few to actually work large scale. For my potatoes and asparagus the most effective treatment has been actually hand picking beetles off the plants (and getting that satisfying crunch letting me that pest is "darwined") and crushing the yellow-orange egg deposits on the potato plants. After several years, those plants generally have remained bug free - of those. But, that’s a relatively small garden compared to a commercial farm.
Bt has its uses on crucifers, if you’re diligent -but it works different that chems and it’s effects aren’t as long lasting.
Anyway, someday we might develop safe organic solutions to this daily battle; but until then I believe we have to accept the trade off between chems in our foods and enough food for as many as possible, or live with "pristine" food and accept mass starvation. And NO, going meatless ain’t the solution either.
One solution might be to accept a few more blemishes on our food. My brother, who is a farmer (yes, organic, but w/o the cert) has told me stories about how much food is tossed because it doesn’t look good enough - he’s the beneficiary of the tossed food as it can then be used to feed critters. If I kept only the produce from my garden that looked as good as that in the grocery, I’d be a lot skinnier.
The point I wanted to make is that about trade-offs.
Hadn't a clue about about Roundup/desiccant use. Thanks for providing "News I can Use."
And we all grew up consuming who knows how much of who knows what? All we can do to make things as best we can. No panic just continued effort on all fronts for our well being. ONWARD---->
I've been "debating" more like fending off idiotic attacks, from the pro agrichemical lobby for years, specifically about glyphosate, one active ingredient in roundup. What always stumped the trolls was the discussion about the shikmate cycle in plants, bacteria and fungi that is disrupted by the chemical.
When glyphosate was first introduced in the late 1970s, there was zero understanding of how the human and soil microbiomes worked hence the premise that since humans weren't plants or bacteria, they wouldn't be harmed by it.
Fast forward to the late 1990s when medical science actually began to understand the role played by the microbiome in health and the important role beneficial bacteria and viruses played.
Now Bayer (which bought Monsanto for $60+ billion) is constantly in court fending off thousands of lawsuits, was ordered to post a $10.9 billion US bond to handle a portion of claims, and seems to be losing case after case of NHL (Non-hodgkins lymphoma) cases.
I can't imagine what will happen to their balance sheet when folks figure out that glyphosate and the host of other chemicals likely also cause other types of cancers and health maladies!
Should be an interesting journey to say the least!
truly, I never buy organic because I never trusted non american companies to actually comply with the more strict regulation. After seeing this article I feel like I have no choice but to change my ways.
Often a bit more troublesome to find a vast selection in the north states in winter. You need to shift your choices to food items that you can rely on as an in season now, kind of item
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful good fresh things every day of the year.
There are lots to try for the first time. Even the fresh frozen is an excellent choice to buy.
I'm a very recent refugee from Oregon and have moved to rural eastern Tennessee. At first I was dismayed at the options: pretty much WalMart or Food Saver locally. But I quickly researched CSAs and found unbelievable bounty here for every kind of produce or grass finished beef, pasture raised pork, etc., imaginable. Plus, you get to know your farmers and can position yourself to help them if needed. No more farms for Gates!