15 Apr Avoiding Toxic Food: Part 1
Decreasing toxic overload is supremely important for cancer patients and people looking to cut their risks of developing cancer. Toxins are in our water, air, environmental and personal care products. Let’s take a closer look at our food.
Do you know what’s in your food? The ingredients? Whether it’s organic or not, do you know where your food actually comes from? The food we eat today is not the food your grandma ate or fed her family! Some of it comes from other countries, travelling from overseas, and even undergoes harmful irradiation. Most of it comes from huge farms with animals fed inadequate diets laden with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and GMO grains.
FACT: the apple in your lunchbox might be one year old! The shine comes from wax applied to it, and the color may be injected. It could be a genetically modified organism (GMO). The older a fruit veggie or food is, and the amount of processing it undergoes, the less nutritional value it has.
The less nutritional value it has, the less power it provides you to defend and protect yourself against disease. The less nourished you are, the more vulnerable. The more toxic you are, the more vulnerable.
Modern agriculture describes the wide type of production practices employed by American farmers. It makes use of hybrid seeds of selected variety of a single crop, technologically advanced equipment and lots of energy subsidies in the form of irrigation water, fertilizers and pesticides. Our food supply is becoming increasingly toxic.
Organic farming refers to agriculture that does not use genetically modified (GM) seed, synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. In general organic food has much higher nutritional value. Many health proponents say, “Pay the grocer, or pay the doctor.”
GOOD NEWS! There’s a revolutionary growing network of health conscious people, who dissatisfied with the status quo, are choosing to source their food locally, from local, home, small farms with sustainable gardening practices and superior produce. Local farmers care about the earth, the soil, their customers, and producing quality.
Check out these resources!
Local Harvest – This website will help you find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
Eat Wild – With more than 1,400 pasture-based farms, Eat Wild’s Directory of Farms is one of the most comprehensive sources for grass-fed meat and dairy products in the United States and Canada.
Farmers’ Markets – A national listing of farmers’ markets.
Eat Well Guide: Wherever You Are, Eat Well – The Guide is a free online directory of more than 25,000 restaurants, farms, stores, farmers’ markets, CSAs, and other sources of local, sustainably produced food throughout the U.S.
Food Routes – The Food Routes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs, and markets near you.
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