All over the world consumers are demanding natural and organic products and food, but are being seriously mislead, because producers know that they can get higher prices and quicker sales by adding those magic words to their labels.
To say a face cream or food additive is ‘natural’ means absolutely nothing! Yet you see it in bold letters on so many products. Let’s look at some things that are natural; lead; arsenic; poisonous berries; uranium; snake venom! I don’t want any of those in my food or on my face!
What about ‘nature identical’ products? Some nature identical ingredients are good and some are bad. It comes down to how it is made, which chemicals were used and how exactly they match the natural original compound.
Organic means that a plant has not been sprayed with a poison, and obviously that is good. But what if it is grown in toxic soil, or watered with polluted water?
In theory that could still be called organic, but it would not be good for you.
Sadly this applies to almost everything grown in China, where even the government admits that one fifth of farm land ground is contaminated –
‘Pollutants from excessive situation,cadnuim,mercury,arsenic,copper,lead,chromium,zinc,nickel,eight kinds of inorganic contaminants’ 1
Unfortunately because demand has increased so much for superfoods like chia, turmeric, and flax seeds, domestic producers cant keep up, and have to import from abroad, often China.
Always always check where your food is grown, don’t be fobbed of with ‘packed’ or ‘made’ in Australia, where did the raw ingredients come from???
I recall a farmer telling me he was bankrupt and was selling his farm because the supermarkets were buying tinned tomatoes from China so much cheaper than his fresh ones, he couldn’t compete.
Many of China’s industrial-scale agriculture is found along the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers, both of which are extremely polluted, with industrial waste dumped in them. In September 2013 a huge amount of ammonia was dumped in the Fu River, which flows into the Yangtze, China’s longest river and the source of drinking water for millions.
Over 110 tons of dead fish were removed form the river. 2
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection said water pollution was a serious concern, with industrial spills, farm runoff and untreated sewage all factors in degrading water quality. As of last year, nearly a third of the sections of major rivers it monitored were so degraded that the water was unfit for human contact, the ministry said in its annual State of Environmental Quality report, released in June.
China released a report April 17 disclosing that 16.1 percent of the country’s soil and nearly 20 percent of its arable land has been contaminated, largely by heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic. This is the price the country is paying for its meteoric rise over the last 35 years, with little thought given to protecting the environment.
The report, based on a joint study by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Land and Resources from April 2005 to December 2013, found that 19.4 percent of farmland was contaminated, ranging from 11.2 percent “slightly” contaminated to 1.1 percent “heavily” polluted. 1
‘China accounts for 20 percent of the world’s population but possesses only 10 percent of its arable land. The contamination of almost one-fifth of its farmland raises serious health issues and makes it difficult for Beijing to remain basically self-sufficient in the production of food. Environmental pollution also has resulted in the proliferation of “cancer villagers” in the country, with an 8-year-old girl in Jiangsu province emerging last November as the country’s youngest lung cancer patient.’ 3
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection said water pollution was a serious concern, with industrial spills, farm runoff and untreated sewage all factors in degrading water quality. As of last year, nearly a third of the sections of major rivers it monitored were so degraded that the water was unfit for human contact, the ministry said in its annual State of Environmental Quality report, released in June. 4
Mike Adams, aka the health ranger has spent thousands of dollars buying testing equipment and setting up a lab to find out what is in our food, and the results are horrifying, even when the food is labelled ‘organic’!
In my lab I’m seeing very high levels of lead and cadmium in all sorts of products imported from China, including rice protein and Ginkgo Biloba herbal supplements…
According to the Chinese government, 82.8% of the non-organic produce grown in China exceeds the government’s heavy metals limits…..
And yet herbs, proteins and “superfoods” produced in China can be imported into the USA regardless of their heavy metals content. That’s because neither the FDA nor the USDA has any limits whatsoever on heavy metals contamination of foods. So products that are heavily contaminated with industrial heavy metals are imported into the USA every single day and sold on the shelves of health food retailers like Whole Foods. 5
Some of China’s “organic” products are more likely to be contaminated than others. Fish, chicken, apples, rice, mushrooms, green peas, black pepper, and garlic were found to be the most contaminated foods from China and are to be avoided
In his book- Food Forensics’ he gives details of contaminants, and what foods they are in. he contacts the companies, many who are unaware of their problem, and helps them clean up their act.
As always, the only way to be completely sure that your food is free of chemicals and additives is to grow it yourself. Vegetable gardens can fit in even the smallest of spaces, are attractive, help local insects (including bees), and can provide you and your family with delicious food that is completely safe.
Says Whitney Webb from True Activist.