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Study Links Pesticides in Water to Food Allergies

Just the other week, I wrote about a California farming community that MUST buy bottled water because the tap water is so polluted from pesticides and other contaminants.

Well, the news about the horrid quality of our drinking water continues.

Trying to figure out why food allergies have exploded over the past 20 years, a team of researchers published a study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology which said that there is a relationship between the use of a group of pesticides called dichlorophenols and food allergies.

TIME Magazine explained that the study’s participants who had high levels of dichlorophenols in their bodies were 80% more likely to have food sensitivity than those with lower levels, and the authors believe the exposure to the chemicals may be contributing to a hyper-sensitive immune system that recognizes even common food proteins as foreign.

What these dichlorophenols are doing is killing bacteria in the water, and our bodies do not build up resistance to this and other bacteria, which are considered foreign invaders.

Hence, when these and other organisms enter our bodies, including some food, our immune system is not accustomed to them, treats them as foreign invaders, and has an allergic reaction to them. (And, yes, GMOs are foreign invaders and are not found in nature.)

Some doctors in TIME Magazine have concluded that our lack of exposure to bacteria in urban settings have made our immune systems weaker (people who live on farms or in rural areas have greater exposure to bacteria and apparently have stronger immune systems) and thus we are more likely to have food allergies.

MY TAKE

These dichlorophenols, which are also used to “purify” (ruin) our drinking water, are pesticides that should not be in our bodies, and the fact that they have a relationship with food allergies doesn’t surprise me in the least.

Yet, our water supply is full of these and many other poisonous chemicals.

According to the EPA, we use about 1.1 billion pounds of chemicals per year, 80% of which are used for agricultural purposes.

And what impact has this had on the quality of our public water supply?

With information collected by the USDA Data Pesticide Program, The Pesticide Action Network reports that 59 different pesticide residues have been found in our water supply including:

– 9 known or probable carcinogens

– 20 suspected hormone disruptors

– 7 neurotoxins

– 14 developmental or reproductive toxins

And, the biggest culprit of them all? Atrazine.

According to 2008 data from the USDA Pesticide Data Program, Atrazine, a chemical that is banned in Europe but fully approved in the U.S., has been found in 94% of of our water supply.

The health effects of Atrazine include the following:

– The Pesticide Action Network reports that it has been linked to endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, and cancer.

– The President’s Cancer Panel reported that (PDF) Atrazine “has been shown to affect mammary gland development in animal studies with some findings suggesting multigenerational effects.”

– A new study in Environmental Science reported that women who live in agricultural communities in Illinois experience much great menstrual cycle irregularities than women who live in Vermont, an area where Atrazine is sparingly used.

(Watch this shocking video below called “How Safe is Atrazine?”)

Just as we are sold on the false notion that toxic chemicals are safe when sprayed on our food supply, we are equally sold on the false notion that toxic chemicals are safe when used in our water supply.

The toxicity of our drinking water is a very serious matter, and the fact that it garners no serious discussion among the general public is incomprehensible. Hopefully, this study will get people talking a little bit more.

Additionally, while many people consider GMOs as the most likely reason for the rise in food allergies, we can now add toxic chemicals to that list of possible culprits.

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The EPA Continues to Ignore the Danger of Atrazine, Which is Ruining Our Water Supply and Putting Our Health in Jeopardy

One of the reasons that many of us purchase organic is because we don’t want to put food into our bodies that contains synthetic chemicals.

Yet even though we may not eat conventionally-grown food ourselves, we still need to be very aware (and concerned) about what is going on in the non-organic world. Why?

Because the toxic chemicals that are sprayed on conventionally-grown food end up in the water supply.

And the EPA is not doing its job when it comes to protecting the integrity of our water.

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Tell the USDA to Reject Genetically-Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

It is bad enough that we have to deal with genetically-engineered foods, but now we are facing the prospect of something potentially even more scary: genetically-engineered trees.

Tree biotech company ArborGen is requesting an unprecedented USDA approval for its genetically-engineered (GE), “freeze tolerant” eucalyptus. If the USDA grants this approval, it will be the first-ever GE-forest tree to be commercially grown in the U.S., allowing ArborGen to plant massive, unregulated GE-tree farms.

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Why We Should be Very Worried about GMO Contamination of Alfalfa

Many people are under the impression that organic crops will just “always be there”.

Meaning, we don’t have to worry, we’ll just go to the local farmers market or Whole Foods, they’ll always have organic. These people will figure out any potential problems.

Yet, if you look behind the scenes and learn what is happening with alfalfa, a main source of feed for animals in the organic meat and dairy industries, you’ll quickly realize that the situation for organic is very dire.

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