Nothing Conventional about Conventional


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There is Nothing Conventional about Conventional….

Have you ever visited grocery stores that label their fruits and vegetables conventional? Do you know what that means?  Recent studies on this topic suggest that organic food is just as safe as conventionally produced food.  Are they sure?  Why do we just accept the word conventional as acceptable?

Have you noticed we live in an environment where eating junk food is considered normal, and eating healthy food is considered weird?  Unfortunately production is the goal in our country, with our agriculture dependent on pollution, pesticides, and antibiotics.  

Our seed supply is where we all come from.  This is where all life begins…from one simple seed. 

We can change this as a nation, if we  start supporting the agriculture we want.  This would be supporting local and organic farms. (including farmers markets) Every choice represents possibilities.  Or.. you can continue to be programmed to eat, because of the expense or in-expense of foods.  

 

Chemicals linked to Obesity?

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals  may be linked to weight gain and obesity. 

 “Atrazine is a commonly used weed killer found to contaminate drinking water supplies, and exist as residue in food.  After noticing an apparent overlap between areas where the weed killer is used and the prevalence of obesity, researchers conducted animal studies of the effects of low doses of atrazine.  The findings suggest that atrazine may contribute to the development of insulin resistance and obesity, especially when the exposure is associated with a high-fat diet.” Atrazine is found on many golf courses.
“Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is found in industrial waste, microwave popcorn bags, our water supply, foods and  grease-proof food packaging.  Several studies show that PFOA exposure results in reduced birth weight followed by weight gain after puberty.”  “PFOA exposure has consequences such as kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, and hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol.)”(7)

A conventional bell pepper is sprayed with pesticides over 700 times!  Pesticides are inside the majority of conventional produce and have been repeatedly found to wreak havoc on our bodies.   In the book “The Hundred Year Lie”, author Randall Fitzgerald… states that in a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control involving 2,400 adults and children, more than two hundred synthetic chemical toxins were found in the subjects’ bodies, with a hundred more chemicals suspected to be present.  The human body was never intended to deal with this kind of chemical assault.

 Conventional meat contains hormones that disrupt your own hormones.   In the U.S, this industry model is unsustainable  and dependent on cheap fossil fuels.  The faster they get it on your plate doesn’t always mean they have your health in mind.  Only you can end abominable industry practices.  Just Say “No” to factory farming.

Making the choice to be well includes…

1-Avoiding Diet food items: Aspartame is an endocrine disruptor, an excitotoxin, and it’s neuro-toxic.(1)

2-AVOIDING ALL CONVENTIONAL that have been most damaged. These include TOMATOES, rBGH DAIRY & CHEESE, EGGS, STRAWBERRIES, BELL PEPPERS, CARROTS, PEACHES, SUGAR BEETS, HFCS, SALAD GREENS, BANANAS, APPLES, POTATOES, CORN, SOY, CANOLA OIL, COTTON -SEED OIL, COWS THAT ARE FED COTTON -SEED OIL AND YELLOW CROOK-NECK SQUASH. Buy these organically grown.

3- Purchase only organic, wild, and grass fed meats.

4-Beet sugar is not considered a health food.  March 2011- A federal appeals court in San Francisco has overturned a previous ruling to destroy the genetically modified sugar beets, ruling in favor of Monsanto and the USDA, according to Food Quality News.  In December, Judge Jeffrey White ruled that the crops be destroyed because the risk of gene contamination in Oregon’s Willamette Valley was so great.  Then the USDA started easing off when they announced that farmers be allowed to grow genetically modified sugar beets for the season.

The beets at issue have been genetically modified to tolerate applications of Monsanto’s popular Roundup herbicide, according to the statement. That “allows farmers to douse their fields with the chemical without concern for the crop itself, leading to greater use of the herbicide.  When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits open their stomach and kills them.

5- Skip The Big Whites!  White refined sugar is not food but a high caloric drug.  Much of the flour sold in the United States has been treated with potassium bromate.  Potassium Bromate is an additive used to increase volume in white flour, bread, and rolls. Potassium bromate is known to cause cancer.  Even small amounts in bread can create problems for humans.

6- Cookie Bins. I’ve seen cookies and chocolate coated nuts inside  “bulk bins” at so-called Health Food Stores, (containing toxic oils, GMO products like soy, soy lectin, corn sugars, butter, and dairy.)  Soy lecithin comes from sludge left after crude soy oil goes through a “degumming” process.  It is a waste product containing solvents and pesticides.  Unfermented soy has been linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, PMS, endometriosis, reproductive problems for men and women, allergies, ADD and ADHD, higher risk of heart disease and cancer, malnutrition, and loss of libido.

 7-Ditch The Wheat.  “Many forget that most commercial wheat production is, unfortunately, a “study in pesticide application,” beginning with the seeds being treated with fungicide.  Once they become wheat, they are sprayed with hormones and additional pesticides.  Even the bins in which the harvested wheat is stored have been coated with insecticides.  These chemicals all contribute to increasing the average person’s toxic load, which is a contributing factor to virtually every possible disease imaginable. I can’t think of any illness that is not made worse by frequent toxic exposure, such as what we get through conventionally-grown foods and unfiltered water.”(2) 

 

There are healing powers in colors in everything you do in your life!

 *There is an energy value in real live foods.  The colors we choose in our foods is no exception.  Invite color into your plate at your next meal.  Make it Art.  Choose a plate of organic colorful vegetables. With this powerful “language of color,” we can discover how to use it to enhance our well-being.  Foods are the building blocks of our cells.

*Read labels. Certified Non-GMO labels may still contain up to 5% GMO’s.   Eating organic food will reduce the amount of chemicals you are ingesting and may improve your quality of life.

*Ask your grocery store manager for a written statement on their policy regarding genetically engineered foods.  Request they identify which food products are genetically engineered and which are not.  Find & Buy certified organic foods from your local farmer or store.

*Studies are in. There are nutrition differences between organic and conventional foods. There is a toxic footprint from GMO’s.  GMO’s damage our Mother Earth.  There are many books showing the  impact of using pesticides and the agriculture chemical exposure to our earth.  Butterflies and Bee Colonies are being disrupted.  BT toxins and GMO pollen have infected and are killing our bee colonies, with what is called “colony collapse disorder”.  Remember Certified Organic farmers and producers operate under strict certification rules and do not use any genetically engineered seeds or ingredients.

* Research is available. Organic foods hold more minerals, vitamins and enzymes than poison method farming (intensely farmed foods).  Most importantly, you aren’t eating a cocktail of noxious insecticides, pesticides, and fertilizers.  At the end of the day, you pay for what you get. With your Health or your Wallet….Are you worth the extra 10 cents a pound?

Organic food is a healthy choice for your health, weight management and for the environment.

 

Conclusion:

This article was created to connect all the “bite size pieces” of information, so you can think about what food are good for your body.

 

 

Copyright@2014,2015,2016ConnieRogers

 

 

Footnotes:

 

1- http://www.responsibletechnology.org/buy-non-gmo/avoiding-aspartame

2-(Taken from Dr. Mercola)

Seeds of Death Movie: http://trulyheal.com/seeds-of-death-by-garry-null/
Big Pharma and pesticide corps are working together-”Bees are Dying, the Planet is Polluted, People are Sick!” http://www.lindazurich.com/bees-brains-pesticides-big-agra- big-pharma/
7- PFOA- http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/121-a340/
Documentaries on GMO’s:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQUm5Qg4-5I
http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/systemic-pesticides-zmaz10onzraw.aspx

 

 

 

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