Years of studies, analyses, and comparisons have demonstrated the necessity for an educational campaign and a global action plan on the adverse impacts of industrial food production on the environment and our health, leaving no room for further doubt. In terms of social, cultural, and labour objectives, the existing productive paradigm, which is centred on industrial agriculture with significant chemical input and large-scale distribution, has failed. Food commodities that are placed on the market have a low nutritional value and are potentially hazardous. Industrial food consumption raises the risk of disease, which has a significant financial impact on public health budgets around the world.
It’s important to consider how hazardous the industrial agriculture production system is to people’s health. People’s health and the planet’s health must be considered as one. Humans cannot and must not regard themselves as separate entities from the world on which they live. The Greeks were already aware of this old wisdom, as evidenced by Hippocrates, history’s most famous physician, who advised his patients to view food as the true and only medicine. A teaching centred on food that is also found in Ayurveda, the science (Veda) of life (Ayur).
Is it really necessary to use so many chemical fertilisers and pesticides to boost production? There is a large body of literature that reveals how manufacturers use misinformation to keep their products on the market, despite the fact that they are harmful. Advertising, as we all know, is far more prevalent and persuasive than the corpus of scientific literature that has focused on the actual impacts of agrotoxins on the environment and on humans.
Organic food is frequently fresher since it lacks preservatives that extend its shelf life. Organic produce is sometimes (but not always) grown on smaller farms closer to where it is sold (so keep an eye on where it comes from).
Organic farming is generally more environmentally friendly. Organic agricultural approaches have the potential to minimise pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, boost soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without synthetic pesticides is also better for birds and animals in the area, as well as humans who live near farms.
Antibiotics, growth hormones, and animal byproducts are not used on organically bred animals. The use of antibiotics can develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains, and feeding cattle animal byproducts raises the risk of mad cow disease (BSE). Animals reared organically have more room to move about and have access to the outdoors, which helps them stay healthy.
Certain nutrients may be more abundant in organic meat and milk. According to the findings of a 2016 European study, organic meat and milk had up to 50% higher amounts of some nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, than conventionally farmed meat and milk.
GMOs are not present in organic food. GMOs, also known as genetically engineered (GE) foods, are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that are not possible in nature or through traditional crossbreeding, most typically to make them pesticide resistant or to create an insecticide.
Most of us have accumulated pesticide exposure in our bodies as a result of years of exposure. This chemical “body burden,” as it is known in medicine, could cause headaches, birth defects, and additional strain on already weakened immune systems.
Some studies have found that even low doses of pesticides can increase the risk of certain cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma, brain tumours, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
Pesticides are especially dangerous to children and foetuses because their immune systems, bodies, and brains are still developing. Early exposure may result in developmental delays, behavioural disorders, autism, immune system damage, and motor dysfunction.
Pregnant women are especially vulnerable because pesticides place additional strain on their already stressed organs. Pesticides can also be passed from mother to child in the womb and through breast milk.
Pesticide use has also resulted in the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs,” which can only be killed with extremely toxic poisons such as 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (a major ingredient in Agent Orange).