Food, Chemicals, And Human Health

Melon farmers in China have been overwhelmed by their crop exploding and no-one knows why. It would appear that as soon as their water melons approach maturity they suddenly explode. However on the good side,we can all be grateful these melons have not fallen into the hands of al Quada.

Many reasons have been put forward for this phenomenon, some say it is due to the weather, while others blame the abnormal size of the water melons as the cause. However, by far the most disturbing is the report that overuse of a special chemical to promote quick growth is to blame. As a consumer I had no idea that farmers were using chemicals to speed the growth of water melons, and it makes me wonder what else is getting into the food chain.

It would seem the general public is totally in the dark when it comes to the use of chemicals in growing the food we put in our mouths. It has been known for decades that many pesticides are used on crops by farmers across the world, and no-one really knows their effect on human health, although we are constantly assured they are safe.

A Ruined Crop

Brought up in a time when everything that grew was organic, and poultry, pigs and cows were feeding off the land or fed natural food, I find it hard to accept that everything we eat today has at some time or other been exposed to man-made chemicals.

Say what you like about modern chicken, but it doesn’t taste like chicken at all, in fact it’s tasteless, and the same goes for pork and beef products too. That is why supermarket shelves are full of ‘savoury sauces’ designed to give these products some taste. If something really tastes like chicken, then you can bet your bottom dollar its down to a chemical flavour added to enhance the bland product.

People today are suffering from diseases that were unheard of a century ago, but most pundits say its due to lifestyle, poor diet or the pollution in the air, but I have to ask, what about the pollutants in our food? Do we really know what happened to that apple we ate yesterday, or the potatoes we will eat when we get home? What sort of chemical diet was the chicken on that we had for lunch?

A Baffled Melon Farmer

Pigs and cows are fed special diets to fatten them up in just a few weeks or months so they can be sold for slaughter, simply because farmers cannot wait for the natural growing process. A new born calf can be expected to be fat enough for slaughter after about six weeks, a process that took more than a year in times gone by. Its body is saturated in chemicals to make it grow faster and get fat ready for market. Poultry is kept in a cage perhaps big enough to take a ladies handbag, and is fed chemicals to promote egg production. I know, I have seen it with my own eyes!

Now we have the emergence of genetically modified crops to add to the bonfire, but I will save that for another time. The point is, where will it all end? How much of this rubbish can we push down our throats before we do irreparable harm to our species? I leave it up to you to decide.

Roy.

2 Responses to “Food, Chemicals, And Human Health”

  1. Not only are we doing harm to our bodies, but also to the land that sustains us.

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    • Hi Colline,
      Of course you are 100% right, and it may be many years before we feel the affects of our stupidity – all in the name of profit I might add.
      Regards,
      Roy.

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