Do you know what you are eating?
A new website called “What’s On My Food” www.whatsonmyfood.org has been launched. Its purpose is “... to loosen the pesticide industry’s control over global agriculture ...” by making information available to the public through the power of computing. Created by PAN (Pesticide Action Network) North America, What’s On My Food cross-references toxicology data from the US Environmental Protection Agency with the US Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program.
One of the things that makes this website particularly exciting is it lists the pesticide residues found on both conventionally grown and organically grown food.
Featured are some 49 different foods in various preparation methods. For each of the 89 food entries you can discover if they contain residues which are:
1. Known or Probable Carcinogens 2. Suspected Hormone Disruptors 3. Neurotoxins 4. Developmental or Reproductive Toxicants
Yes ... you read that right. Carcinogens, hormone disruptors, neurotoxins and toxins that disrupt human reproduction are all legally used to grow our food.
That pisses me off!
Some of these chemicals are also finding their way into food grown using organic methods ... we live in a closed system ... everything affects everything else ...
Let’s take a look at what this website says about one of my favourite foods, the Sweet Potato.
- 13 pesticide residues were found on the non-organic Sweet Potatoes; 4 of these same residues were present in the organic Sweet Potatoes grown in the USA; none of the residues were found in the imported organic Sweet Potatoes (there is no mention of what country this product was imported from.)
- The 13 pesticides included: 1 known carcinogen; 2 probable carcinogens; 1 possible carcinogen; 7 suspected hormone disruptors; 6 neurotoxins and 2 reproductive toxins.
Now I’m really pissed!
Eat organic. Grow organically. Hug organic farmers.
Let’s get real about what we eat.