Large companies are relied upon to feed and provide fresh drinking water to the billions of people on the planet. With this burden, a majority of these corporations use toxic and unethical methods for their large scale production. Do you know what is on your plate or in your drinking water?
1. There are 6,000 different chemicals deliberately added to our food.
Commercially produced foods are heavily saturated in pesticides, herbicides, waxes and other noxious chemicals and toxins that are harmful to our bodies. All of the synthetic chemicals used in growing and processing our food is then absorbed into our bodies through consumption. In other words, we are eating our way to illness and toxicity. Our bodies retain these chemicals and toxins within our fat cells, our blood and our organs and require routine detoxification to rid our bodies of these harmful substances.
2. There are 700 different chemicals potentially present in our drinking water.
According to the EPA, “examples of chemical contaminants include nitrogen, bleach, salts, pesticides, metals, toxins produced by bacteria, and human or animal drugs.” Some chemicals are intentionally added to city’s water systems to purify it and make it suitable for consumption. The purifying systems in place don’t filter out hormones from flushed birth control pills and antibiotics, or chemicals introduced by industrial dumping or agricultural and pesticide runoff. You can test your own water to see what is coming out of your tap and into your body. Consider installing a reverse osmosis filter to your home water system to filter out the chemicals, hormones and toxins.
3. There are 1,500 different formulations of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants and agricultural products.
This is a large problem that is rarely talked about in the public news and industry. However, the numbers are breathtaking. Almost 900 million pounds of toxic pesticides are used in our farms every year. In a typical American family, the average child will consume about 5 “servings” of pesticides every single day.
The United States has 80 percent of their meat supply is produced in large factory farms, where the use of antibiotics is used due to the unsanitary conditions in which the animals are raised. About 13.5 million pounds of antibiotics per year, in fact. The use of antibiotics and high consumption rate of meat in Americans has led to antibiotic resistance within our bodies, causing a need for more powerful drugs when we fall ill.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were created to produce larger amounts of food in a smaller area and has resulted in a plethora of issues as a result. The plants are becoming resistant to the pesticides and herbicides and require increased application and potency.
4. There are 257 different chemicals that have been found in the blood of the umbilical cord in newborn infants.
This is a result to toxins and pollutants in our air and chemicals in the food and water that the mothers ingest and pass along to their children. Many of the toxic substances that we encounter on a daily basis can lead to a wide variety of birth defects and neurological complications. The United States has seen a significant rise in cases of ADHD and autism in children and has been linked with to the exposure to their toxic environment.
As humans, our entire body’s surface and internal systems act as a giant toxin sponge. Most toxins that are used in conventional food production have carcinogenic causing effects when consumed by humans. They reside on our apples and the wax lining of canned foods we use. It is deeply important to check your food labels to make sure that you are not exposing yourself to these harmful substances. Most often, it is plainly listed in the long list of ingredients but you need to know what to look for.
The toxins that are most prevalent in our food system are:
- Pesticides- Poison used to kill pests during food growth and production.
- rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)- Hormone given to cows to increase milk production. It raises the level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in the dairy products produced that have carcinogenic effects on humans when consumed.
- Sodium Aluminum Sulphate and Potassium Aluminum Sulphate- Food preservative used mostly in cheese products that has been seen to cause harmful neurological, reproductive and behavioral effects on humans.
- Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite- Food preservative used in mainly processed meats and have been shown to have many different types of cancer causing effects.
- BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)- Food preservative that has been listed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a carcinogen.
- Brominated Vegetable Oil- Oil used in “fruit-flavored” beverages that leads to behavioral issues and reproductive complications.
- Artificial Food Coloring/Dyes- Undefined chemical additives largely consumed by children in the form of fruit snacks and candies that have many adverse effects, such as ADHD, allergies and cancer.
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Heterocyclic Amines- Carcinogen caused by fat being burned at high heat; mostly seen in meat products.
- Acrylamide- Carcinogen caused by cooking high starch foods, such as grains and potatoes, at high temperatures and is found in foods like chips and cereal.
- Dioxins- Pollutant that is highly toxic and resides in fatty foods causing liver damage, endocrine and immune system disruption and birth defects.
Be an Educated Consumer
There are steps that you can take in reaction to this information. By being an educated consumer, you can avoid a large number of these chemicals and toxins that are added to conventional foods. By reading labels and purchasing organic, you can eliminate a large number of these toxins from your kitchen. The task may feel daunting at first, but will quickly become second nature as you learn which brands and items are non-toxic and suitable for you and your family’s consumption. Large corporations' bottom line is profit, not your individual health. Take your health into your own hands and invest in the companies and farmers that work to provide healthy and natural products.