By Curtis Aiken.
Take 2 identical apples, designed and created by nature. We’ll call them Apple A and Apple B. They are bug free and poison free. They both took a couple of weeks longer to grow than conventional (non-organic) apples but good things take time. To make things simple, each of these apples cost $1 each if you were to buy them. However, I am now going to spray Apple B with Spray n Wipe.
The Spray n Wipe represents the herbacides, pesticides, fungacides that conventional farmers use to ensure every one of their apples on the supermarket shelves have blemish-free skin, are clones of each other and grown quickly with very little wastage – all this just to keep prices low. I realise Spray n Wipe is not used, but it is a product we can all relate to.
Instead of being $1, you now only have to pay $0.50 for Apple B. Don’t go thinking you can just wash or peel the Spray n Wipe off, it has already soaked into the middle of the fruit.
Which apple will you now choose? Apple A or Apple B?
I don’t know which you have chosen, I hope that it was the organic one but if you are like most consumers, you choose your fruit and veg on looks and price alone and pretend the metaphorical Spray n Wipe was never used. To be honest, I am glad you chose Apple B if you did, because being someone who only eats organic, I would go hungry quite quickly if people realised what they were doing to their bodies and started purchasing the organic produce before I got to it!
When you eat conventional corn and soy products you are most likely eating Roundup. Yum, yum! Pretty soon if we (and the government) don’t begin to stand up for our health we will be eating Roundup when we have a slice of bread too. It is time to wake up and smell the poison. For further reading on GMO wheat in Australia, have Google the Australian Monsanto website.
You might be wondering what GMO means? In a nutshell, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are man playing God and modifying the genetic make-up of plant DNA. The modification, among other things, makes the plant resistant to Roundup weedkiller so crops can be sprayed with poison to kill the bugs and weeds, without killing the crop. If a bug was to eat the crop, it would die. If a human were to eat the crop, over time and thanks to accumulation of the pesticides, we would become sick and most likely take a pill to mask the pain.
Why is it that it takes 3 years for organic certification of a farm, and costs a lot of money but it there is no legislation around declaring poisons added to fruit and vegetables?
So, what can you do?
- Don’t do nothing just because you may not be able to everything. Every journey begins with a single step
- Support Organic suppliers, for them, the community, the environment and your health
- Grow your own fruit and vegetables
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