I was reminded of a man that I’ll never forget recently. On a flight to the Caribbean in 2003, I sat next to this nice man and we began a conversation; his story impacted me immensely. At that point in time in my life, the conversation changed me and the perspective I had on the food industry within The States.
This interesting man is a farmer from the Midwest Corn Belt. He spent his entire life farming, doing what he loves. Also, carrying on the legacy of the men and women before him working the family farm. He tells me that he got caught up in the Industrial Revolution and the idea that we needed to use chemicals to improve upon our production and quality of crops and in turn increase efficiency and profits. I’m shortening his story up quite a bit as obviously this is a highly debated topic and he was super passionate when speaking to me. At the time, I was on a flight to my honeymoon with my new husband. I’m sure he was wondering why I was so enthralled with this happy and passionate farmer from the Midwest Corn Belt.
After years of spraying pesticides and using chemicals around the farm, this man’s body started to break down. He started experiencing numbness and strange tumors began growing all over his body. He told me that he often got crippling migraines that didn’t allow him to tend the farm at times. He also conveyed to me that never once at the beginning of this breakdown did it dawn on him that there could be a connection between the chemicals on the farm and his condition. After months of seeing experts, taking medications, drugs and seeing no results, he decided to cleanse and detox his body based on one recommendation. He told me that he spent days in his home surrounded by no one because the smell and condition of his body was so bad. His body was releasing the chemicals. The smell his body was giving off was like nothing he had ever smelled in his life… he said that it was so foul that he drove over an hour away to another grocery store so that the neighbors would not smell him or recognize him. He also mentioned that the tumors got worse before they got better. As this inspiring man detoxed his body and added in clean foods, eventually, his health began turning around and he healed himself, primarily with the use of whole foods as medicine.
The rest of our conversation was about the sale of his farm and the purchase of a new, organic farm. What an inspiration and a familiar story for many other organic farmer’s in today’s agricultural world. This story really lit a spark under me at that time in my life and I’m forever grateful for meeting that man who had such a heartening story. He is one of the many pioneers for the Local Food and Organic Movements.
If you were to ask the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), they would tell you that all fruits and vegetables are safe for consumption and that the levels of pesticides are below the risk level. Certainly, we have many more studies to do in the years ahead to determine exactly what the harmful effects of pesticides and chemicals in our food and water supply have on our bodies. Yes, most of us are not like our farmer friend and we are not directly spraying chemicals and breathing them in. Instead, we are eating them and letting the toxins absorb into our tissues, cells and bones while being carried through our blood streams. In recent years, there have been connections with pesticides and cancer, Attention Deficit Disorder as well as nervous system and immune disorders.
Bottom line. Buy local foods when possible. Buy organic when possible and set an intention to learn more about where the food comes from that you put in your body.
Below are 2 MUST HAVE lists to hang on your refrigerator and bring with you to buy produce.
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|DIRTY DOZEN||THE CLEAN FIFTEEN|
|(ALWAYS BUY ORGANIC)||(CONSIDERED SAFE TO BUY NOT-ORGANIC)|
|Sweet Bell Peppers||Asparagus|
|Spinach, Kale, Collard Greens||Kiwi|