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You May Be Buying Foods Drenched in Toxic Chemicals!

Published:07 Mar, 2017     By: Salan Khalkho     3 min read

That conventional agriculture is subject to storm of chemical treatments. Regardless of whether you believe it or not, chemicals are insidious and they adversely impact not only our health but the entire ecosystem as such. The use of chemicals begins right from the time of treatment of seeds to the post harvest processing of produce.


Harmful Chemicals Used in Agriculture

Often many of us while walking down the aisle of fresh fruits and vegetables in a grocery store think - what difference it really makes in buying organic and non-organic produce. Obviously organic fruits and vegetable varieties come at a premium price.

There is all reason to believe conventional agriculture doesn't waste chemical, rather uses them when it is utmost necessary to use them, for example when there is an acute infestation of insect and fungus. Well, you know what? That's not right.

Harmful Chemicals Used in Agriculture

The truth is that conventional agriculture is subject to storm of chemical treatments. Regardless of whether you believe it or not, chemicals are insidious and they adversely impact not only our health but the entire ecosystem as such. The use of chemicals begins right from the time of treatment of seeds to the post harvest processing of produce.

Toxic Chemicals in Agriculture are harmful for your health

Toxic Chemicals in Agriculture is used to control pest

Chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides are used during cultivation. Many of these chemicals are extremely harmful for your health. One of the studies found 13 to 15 different types pesticides residue in some fruits.

Now there is a new practice that is emerging called as pre-harvest desiccation, in which crops are drenched with herbicides before they are harvested to enhance ripening and control weeds for the next crop.

Advantages and disadvantages of chemical farming

While the process is highly instrumental in increasing the agricultural production, it also inadvertently leads to huge amount pesticides residue in our foods. This practice is followed even in certified non-GMO foods.

NON-GMO may be drenched in glyphosate

NON-GMO may be drenched in glyphosate prior to harvest

This means even if the food that you are purchasing may be certified as NON-GMO, it may still be drenched in glyphosate just prior to harvest. You need to be very careful while buying agricultural produce for your family to ensure their safety, wellbeing and good health.

Here is the list of foods approved for Roundup applications or for application of any other pesticides just before their harvest.

  1. Oats
  2. Sugar cane
  3. Beans
  4. Lentils
  5. Peas
  6. Flax
  7. Sugar beet
  8. Potatoes
  9. Wheat
  10. Corn
  11. Cotton (cottonseed oil)
  12. Alfalfa
  13. Mustard
  14. Oilseed rape
  15. Rye/Triticale
  16. Sunflower
  17. Pulses
  18. Soy Bean
  19. Chick Peas
  20. Feed barley
  21. Canola

approved pre-harvest chemical desiccants

Now if you think Roundup is the only chemical approved for application just before harvest, here is a real shocker for you. Below is the list of other approved pre-harvest chemical desiccants

Approved pre-harvest chemical desiccants

  1. Reglone
  2. Diquat
  3. Paraquat
  4. Diquat Dibromide
  5. Carfentrazone
  6. Paraquat
  7. Thidiazuron
  8. Tribufos
  9. Glufosinate
  10. Carfentrazone-Ethyl
  11. Cyanamide
  12. Cyclanilide
  13. Diquat
  14. Endothall

people are opting for organic food for themselves and their family

Harmful chemicals used in farming

So in realty any agricultural produce you eat contains some amount of poison. The point is why would you eat any poison with every meal and increase the toxicity load each day. Increasingly people understand this and are opting for organic food for themselves and their family.

    organic production is so labour intensive

    Organic foods are 20% expensive

    Organic foods don't come cheap. You are always going to find them at least for 20% premium. That's because more manpower is required to remove the weed, manage insect and pest and process the seed. In fact organic production is so labour intensive that an entire village gets employed to manage it. Buying organic foods at 20% premium is still cheap given the fact that you have prevented your family from exposure to harmful toxic chemicals.



      Important Note: Medical and health related information given in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This article is intended for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment.



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