An argument for organics….
Below is just a few statistics, with a good start for a library on the subject below. At best we have a responsibility to support local growers, have an understanding of where our food comes from -and how it comes to us, and the consequences our choices have on our health and that of the environment. It is also worth knowing that the pesticide industry lobbyist outspend organic agriculture/environmental lobbyist groups nearly 100 to 1.
…Algicides, Avicides, Bactericides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides, Lavicides, Miticides, Molluscicides, Nematicides, Rodenticides, Virucides.
- The EPA and the UN and the World Health Organization recognize that 95% of the world’s pesticides reach a destination other than their target species. They also estimate that worldwide 25 million agricultural workers suffer mild exposure poisoning every year, 3 million receive severe poisoning, and 18,000 die from an acute exposure, every year.
- The US National Academy of Sciences estimates that in America 20,000 cancer diagnosis ever year are directly caused by pesticide exposures.
- In the US, 90% of wells sampled by the US Geological Survey contained pesticide residue.
- The United States Department of Agriculture ‘Pesticide Data Program’ tests 60 different food types for over 400 types of pesticides; a summary of results of 2005 for apples, detected 2,619 instances of 33 different pesticides in 98% of the 774 apples tested. All other fruits and vegetables had similar results
- The USGS also estimates; that 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of lakes are too polluted to be safe for swimming and fishing.
- At any given time, 25% of America’s beaches are closed due to pollution
- 123 freshwater species became extinct in the 20th Century
- The Mississippi River, which drains 40% of the continental US, annually carries 1.5 million metric tons of fertilizer and pesticide waste into the Gulf of Mexico
And the most frightening thing…
- North America has, by far, the cleanest water in the world
The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture by Sir Albert Howard
The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan
The World’s Water 2006-2007: Biennial Report of Freshwater Resources, by Peter Gleick
Stolen Harvest, by Vandana Shiva
The Jungle, by Upton sinclair
Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
The Way We Eat, by Peter Singer and Jim Mason
Organic, Inc. by Samuel Fromartz
When the Rivers Run Dry, by Fred Pearce