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Andre Leu's 2018 book, Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide To The Myths Of Safe Pesticides, is a book that should be read by everyone who eats food!

An updated version of his 2014 book, The Myths of Safe Pesticides, this book provides a clear discussion of the harmful health effects of inadequate regulation of toxic chemicals that are widely applied to the food we eat. 
Andre Leu reviews a vast field of technical literature and explaining clearly how these chemical can act to cause intensifying epidemics of diseases. In many cases the chemicals used are far more toxic when they “break down”, or because of the mixture of untested and allegedly “inert” materials they are mixed with, or to test the effects on the most vulnerable infants.
He  exposes the disgraceful failure of regulatory agencies around the world to protect the public from chemicals they inadvertently consume with their food that have either dangerous direct poisonous effects through chemical action, or which trigger biochemical or genetic responses that can last for generations.  
He shows that this is accomplished by widespread manipulation of data to reject sound science in place of industry-manufactured fake news about the effects of their products using “studies” that have been deliberately designed to fail to show them by using the wrong mixtures of chemicals, for the wrong length of time. 
One of the most alarming examples given is that of Glyphosate, or “Roundup” the most widely used herbicide, which is causing thousands of farm workers across Central America, Asia, and Africa, and their families to suffer severe kidney problems. The testing procedures for these chemicals ignore the toxic mix of other chemicals which are added because they increase the activity of the toxic chemicals, but which are labelled as “inert” so they are exempt from testing! Thousands are dying from these chemicals while the companies producing them are getting rich while denying that there is any effect at all.   
Andre Leu deserves public thanks for putting this important information out. Andre is the former President of The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM - Organics International), the worldwide umbrella organization for some 800 affiliates in 117 countries, and has led efforts to promote organic farming methods for healthier food. At the same time he has been a leader in global efforts to regenerate our planet’s health and reverse climate change by using agricultural methods that heal soil by regenerating their soil carbon. 
A few weeks ago Andre Leu showed me his magnificent organic tropical fruit tree farm in the Daintree Rainforest area of Queensland, Australia. His soil had healthy lumps in a wide range of sizes, which allowed water poured onto the ground to soak straight down where roots can use it, so his farm stayed green even though the area was suffering from record high temperatures and the most severe drought in memory. 
In contrast the sugar cane farm soil surface was baked hard like concrete, so water poured onto it runs right off the surface, carrying topsoil with it into rivers and into the sea, where it has killed the coral reefs that used to line Queensland shores. 
I had just the day before walked the dead reef with the Aboriginal Australian community who used to live from harvesting the abundant life of the coral reefs and seagrass beds, that were now dead and smothered in mud, with the dead corals overgrown by weedy algae that bloom prolifically because of all the agricultural fertilizers washed off the farm with the soil. 
The difference is that Andre’s soil has more than 6 times more organic matter in it, from composting, so it holds much more water and has a longer growing season. He took soil samples from his farm and from the conventional sugar cane farm next door, added water, and stirred. His soil kept together, and the water soon cleared, but the sugar cane farm soil turned into a muddy slurry that remained turbid hours later. 
If all the farms used his methods, we could keep the soil, the nutrients, and the water in the ground where it is most useful, instead of flushing it into the ocean and killing our most productive marine ecosystems.
I strongly urge everyone to read this book, and ask their own families and friends read it too, for a better future for their own health and that of the planet they live on!
Thomas J. F. Goreau, PhD is the President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, Biorock Technology Inc.,
Coordinator of the Soil Carbon Alliance and the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
Small Island Developing States Partnership in New Sustainable Technologies. 
He is also the author of:
 Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase

Innovative Methods of Marine Ecosystem Restoration
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Published in Facts & Info
Monday, 10 December 2018 20:50

Stay Woke About Your Quality of Food

Malnutrition and Nutrient deficiency is a serious problem faced by many people worldwide. “Every country in the world is affected by one or more forms of malnutrition. Combating malnutrition in all its forms is one of the greatest global health challenges.” – World Health Organization.  Although this is such a serious issue, it is one that can be overlooked at times when discussing various health problems.  This is an issue many people may be unaware of or even know is affecting them. All too often we indulge in what we deem to be the most satisfying pleasures this world has to offer, food, without thinking twice about what we are putting into our body and what impacts it may have on us, whether positive or negative.

In order to get to this source of nutrient deficiency, we need to first address where the foods are coming from. Today you can be eating what is considered a “healthy diet”, by many, but the harsh reality is that you can be eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds and still be deficient in essential and non-essential nutrients. How could this be possible?

If foods that are grown in nutrient depleted soils (which most commercial soils around the world are today) then the food grown in that soil could be deficient as well. Over time humanity has stripped the soil of its supply of nutrients to grow a large amount of food we require and returning fewer nutrients that we took out to start.  These habits have caused the nutritional quality of our foods to decrease and in turn, the quality of our health follows suit.

Organic VS Conventional

To avoid confusion, when referring to conventionally grown foods I’m referring to foods grown with the use of any synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, which tend to be toxic, and practices such as tilling and monocropping. On the other hand, when I refer to organically grown foods, these are foods grown with natural alternatives such as (compost, plant or animal based fertilizers, or other nature-derived organic and biologic crop protection solutions). Conventionally grown crops leave us at a disadvantage because the toxic chemicals used to grow these foods can not only have a negative impact on our health but weakens the foods they were used on as well and the plants are less able to provide optimal nutrition to nourish our body.

Additionally, growing foods without these chemicals, but in deficient soil does no justice to provide the complete nutritional benefits our food should deliver to us.  Organically grown or nutrient dense grown food is the best choice you can make once available. Providing the plant with a wide spectrum of nutrients and trace minerals the plant take what they need and this allows them to grow at peak health.

The healthier the plants the greater your health. Foods, which have been grown nutrient dense are power packed with nutrients, enough to give our body the strength to fight off infections and diseases with a healthy immune system. Though knowing whether the food you are consuming is nutrient dense can be difficult if you did not grow it yourself or have to tools to test it. No one wants the stress of testing every piece of food they consume. This is why knowing your farmer and their practices is key or purchasing from a farmer that is well known for growing quality toxin free crops.

Nutrient Deficiency along with toxicity work hand in hand to being the common underlying cause of all disease. The simple equation brought to us by Dr. Joel Fuhrman tells us that our health expectancy is related to our nutrient to calorie ratio. Our level of health is proportional to the nutrients per calorie we consume (H = N/C intake).  It is very important that we get as much fresh organic whole foods into our bodies and focus especially on leafy greens as well, that we may live our lives with the best health possible.

Furthermore, the thought that only in poor or third world countries is malnutrition an epidemic is a long misguided thought. It is more so in countries where there seems to be an overabundance of food available and where people’s appetites and waistlines seem to be ever increasing. Consuming foods that are empty and lacking in adequate vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and more, nutrients that will truly allow you to live life to its fullest. The truth is many of us are severely undernourished, whether we choose to admit it or not.

Thankfully, the awareness of such an epidemic is growing and solutions, which have been here from the start, are becoming mainstream. One by one people, communities and societies are becoming aware of the truths that seemed to elude them, becoming aware of the choices that appear to have been taking out of their hands. People are taking charge of their lives, making their voices heard and together demanding the positive change we all want to see in the world. Though the battles and challenges of such a revolution are not over, the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight.

Published in Healthy Living
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