Systemic pesticides in food cannot be washed off

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

pesticide on food(NaturalHealth365) Most people who purchase conventionally grown produce know the importance of washing fruits and vegetables before consuming them. Naturally, you would think that rinsing crop foods would help remove some of the pesticides and chemicals applied to their exterior, making them safe to eat.

But, unfortunately, no amount of washing or peeling can make these foods safe. A different type of pesticide – systemic pesticides – are integrated into plant tissues, making the entire plant (including the part sold to consumers) poisonous to insects, fungi and other pests.

Fair warning for every person buying conventional fruits and vegetables

If the bad news is that systemic pesticides are designed for total absorption, the worse news is that they are not rare. In fact, hundreds of systemic pesticides have been developed in the past 15 years, making them the best-selling class of pesticide in the world.

They have been used in increasingly greater frequency since 1998 with no signs of slowing down in the near future. In other words, simply peeling off the thick skin of a banana or avocado is no long enough to protect us from dangerous toxic chemicals – pesticides are now in our food, not just on it.

A closer look at the toxins within our food supply

There are four primary types of pesticides that are applied systemically, each of which is approved for varying uses on different types of crops. Clothianidin and dinotefuran, for example, are often used to treat potatoes. Imidacloprid is another common systemic pesticide and is found primarily in leafy greens and other vegetables. In fact, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture, imidacloprid residues can be found in as many as three in every four conventionally grown heads of lettuce and broccoli.

Thiamethoxam is perhaps the most versatile of the systemic types of pesticides, having been approved for use on nearly all types of fruit and vegetable crops. This dangerous pesticide is absorbed and redistributed to all areas of a plant, including its pollen. Insects exposed to this pesticide experience lethal consequences, including disruption of the central nervous system and total paralysis.

The price we pay for using pesticides in our food supply

It has not even been two decades since systemic pesticides first became available, yet there are already serious consequences arising from their use. In April 2013, the European Union voted to temporarily ban the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamexotham in response to data that suggests these pesticides could be responsible for the collapse of bee colonies around the world. The U.S., however, continues to use systemic pesticides in food in great quantities. In fact, the manufacturer of thiamethoxam lobbied the EPA for fewer restrictions on its poisonous pesticide as recently as September 2014.

Conventional food growers continue to use systemic pesticides for one reason – money. The truth is, these chemicals have saved them a lot of cash potentially at the cost of our environment and physical health. Of course, there have been very limited studies on the health consequences of systemic pesticides. So, we continue to consume a dangerous cocktail of these toxic chemicals without information about their long-term health consequences.

Clearly, we cannot rely on our government to keep our food supply free of toxic chemicals. American farmlands are contaminated with dangerous pesticides that are polluting our bodies from the inside out. Now, more than ever, it makes sense to support local (organic) farmers; join a CSA or grow your own chemical-free (delicious) produce.

After all, if a plant is poisonous to its predators, how could it possibly be safe for humans?

References:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/brent-preston/pesticides-systemics_b_7252650.html
http://www.tfsp.info/systemic-pesticides
http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/environmental-policy/systemic-pesticides-zmaz10onzraw.aspx
http://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/landscape/sapfeed/ent-6006

Gain INSTANT Access:


  • » Vaccine World Summit
  • » 7-Day Juice Cleanse
  • » FREE Newsletter
 

Keep Reading:

  • Patty J

    I just learned these killer toxins are typically manufactured in China or India…for use on U.S. soils. AND a manufacturer actually lobbied the U.S. EPA for fewer restrictions on these poisons? AND the cracker-jacked EPA listened to them? OMG, we’re good as dead!

  • Holistic Chef Barry Anderson

    One of the biggest lies and myths
    exposed in the chemical agricultural industry

    Food for thought and then some written
    by Holistic Chef Barry Anderson

    your Good Earth Chef and Friend 4 Life
    .

    You can never wash or rinse off so
    called chemical residues from chemically treated produce ever .

    One of the biggest and deadliest
    nutritional myths of all time and this article is addressing this
    very serious issue .

    The myth is that not to worry as you
    can simply wash and rinse off the chemical residues from
    conventionally treated produce . Dead wrong advice perpetuated by the
    chemical industry and the new cottage industry selling you usless
    products advertized to you for doing the job of cleaning your produce
    from these dangerous chemicals .

    Sure no one dies emediatly and it may
    take years before the cancer shows up in a PET scan from the abuse of
    your diet bringing into your body these often banned EPA
    Environmental Protection Agency of the US that is really not doing
    their job in protecting your health anyway . For example they set a
    ban on chemicals in the USA but the companies that make these
    chemicals for the USA market place originally will then turn around
    and ship these banned chemicalls over seas to be used on the cash
    crops like coffee for instance . Then this coffee is exported back
    into the USA and no one is held accountable for his insane practice
    not even the EPA FDA AMA or CDC.

    The GMO industry Genetically Modified
    Organisms R and D Departments knew that to kill host insects
    effectively they had to devise a delivery system that made the whole
    plant including the roots stems leaves and flowers to be toxic to
    the insect world .

    So it starts with the roots the
    foundation of all plant life to absorb internally the chemical
    applied in the soil so that this toxin is drawn up internally into
    the inner cellulose walls of the plant . This makes the whole plant
    poisonous from the inside out and not the other way around like most
    people are thinking today .

    Monsanto a chemical GMO company that is
    over one hundred years old used many of their toxic products to kill
    plant life in the wars and the Vietnam War is one classic example
    using the chemical Agent Orange that decimated the forest cover of
    south east Asia during war time .

    As quoted and do not say that the good
    earth chef did not warn you as follows .

    Quote from Natural Health 365

    no amount of washing or peeling can make these foods safe. A
    different type of pesticide – systemic pesticides – are
    integrated into plant tissues, making the entire plant (including the
    part sold to consumers) poisonous to insects, fungi and other pests.

    Fair warning for every person buying conventional
    fruits and vegetables

    If the bad news is that systemic pesticides are designed for total
    absorption, the worse news is that they are not rare. In fact,
    hundreds of systemic pesticides have been developed in the past 15
    years, making them the best-selling class of pesticide in the world.

    They have been used in increasingly greater frequency since 1998
    with no signs of slowing down in the near future. In other words,
    simply peeling off the thick skin of a banana or avocado is no long
    enough to protect us from dangerous
    toxic chemicals – pesticides are now in our food, not just
    on it.

    Un-quote from Natural Health 365

    The alarming facts about all this is
    plenty as follows .

    1-Our government agencies that approve
    these toxic to all life chemicals are totally clueless of the long
    term adverse effects on humans thought they know that there product
    lines will kill insects .

    2- No studies have been conducted on
    the cocktail affect of using 2 or 3 or even more brands of chemicals
    on our environment . What is the synergy effect on human life in the
    long run ? They do not know or have an answer to this question .

    3-Fact is the insect world has been
    around for millions of years before humans ever set foot on this good
    earth we like to call home and the one great advantage they have over
    us is the following .

    Insects have short lives and breed at
    astronomical rates to keep a few steps ahead of their natural
    predators like flying bats and during these many cycles of population
    explosions the insect population has genetically mutated against the
    efficacy affects of the systemic agricultural chemicals making them
    in the end usless .

    4- So what does this mean to you and
    the rest of the human race ?

    It means friend that we are being
    systematically poisoned as the insects through their built in
    adaptation and resilience to the chemicals applied go on living and
    thriving .

    5-What the chemical industry does not
    want you to know or they do not know this following fact themselves .
    The problem is that the kill rate is very low anyway in the targeted
    insect world . The following reasons as follows . Insects are never
    in one place and they constantly move around having wings to fly
    anywhere they want in the end . There natural predators are also
    killed off allowing their population to explode staying several steps
    ahead of the chemical industry .

    As said before in this article the
    insect genes mutate and become resistant to the chemicals applied
    making them ineffective.

    This fact forces the chemical industry
    to wage a more virulent war on the insect world by making new
    stronger toxic chemicals in the end that is repeated through out
    time. Humans simply cannot mutate their genes like the insect world
    can to stay ahead of the threat . For example the generic chemical
    used for decades now called Cipermetherin used often in the pet
    industry for flea and tick control is totally useless against all
    other insects for this reason .

    6-And in return our immune systems are
    compromised over time and cancer heart disease and other chronic
    disease conditions set in years later . It is not a coincidence
    people . Cancer is scientifically proven to be generally a modern day
    life disease of chemical warfare on nature . And all human life that
    is exposed to this cross fire is at risk starting with the chemical
    application of our conventional produce and consumption of GMO
    tainted fake processed foods today .

    We now know what the problem is so what
    is the solution ?

    In this order we must unconditionally
    support our local ORGANIC Farmers in season to help keep them in
    business and to protect our dwindling last remaining organic open
    polinated seed banks that today are now under real threat of
    extinction . Currently today Monsanto the GMO giant owns at least 60
    percent of the worlds seed banks and they are out to decimate the
    last remaining organic seed companies to control the worlds seed
    supply to virtually own nature with their terminator seeds that do
    not pollinate forcing the contracted farmers to buy new seed every
    year along with the chemicals at any new set higher price . A form of
    human corporate slavery over the farmers .

    The second option and best one to take
    is to save your open organic pollinated seeds and learn to garden
    your self to grow your own food or at least to subsidize your food
    bill like Holistic Chef Barry is doing today . In America there is no
    escaping chemicals as it is now 80 percent GMO and the soil is
    contaminated from decades of applications .

    The rain is coming down as acid
    including Monsantos round up ready glyphosate . The soil erosion rain
    fall climate conditions have even contaminated organic food
    productions in some cases . Pollution of our environment and body has
    no boarders .

    Even if we think we are on the cleans
    diet we still drink our questionable water out of plastic bottles for
    many of us . Plastic a petroleum by product is a hormone disruptor
    mimicking the female hormone estrogen .Many human cancers are linked
    to this . Drink out of glass only please .

    Holistic Chef Barry Anderson your Good
    Earth Chef and Friend 4 Life .

    References ;

    :http://www.naturalhealth365.com/pesticides-in-food-toxic-chemicals-1446.html
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/brent-preston/pesticides-systemics_b_7252650.html
    http://www.tfsp.info/systemic-pesticides
    http://www.motherearthnews. com/nature-and-environment/environmental-policy/systemic-pesticides-
    zmaz10onzraw. aspx
    http://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/landscape/sapfeed/ent-6006