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Evidence that Glyphosate and other agrochemicals are reducing the IQ of children! One more reason why we should avoid herbicide and pesticide grown foods and shift to healthy pesticide free, organic foods.

Good people,

August is here and we pray the “Passover” miracle obtains…with the knowledge that good bequeaths good and what goes round comes round…the chicken do come home to roost...

Here is the latest on the dangers of glyphosate and other agrochemicals: http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/17661-organic-foods-backed-by-landmark-report-warning-pesticides-far-more-dangerous-than-was-thought

  • For scientists and policy makers: the confessions from an Indian Policy maker who facilitated the introduction of GMO Cotton,  in India...20 years later...he deeply regrets the suicides he inadvertently caused among the GM cotton farmers; his confessions here: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/ex-cabinet-secy-regrets-over-introducing-gm-cotton-in-india/articleshow/59704515.cms
  • For farmers, consumers and activists: what Burkina Faso cotton farmers(and consumers) have achieved from lessons learned in India......and now, India may need to LEARN from Burkina in kicking out  the GMOs of Monsanto and other biotechnology firms out of India:http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/africa-s-big-little-anti-gm-revolution-58118
  • During an experiential learning visit to Burkina Faso, last year, together with other agro-ecological organic agriculture practitioners to witness, first hand, the ravages of GM cotton, i met that gentleman, in the white cap(among other local farmers and consumers).http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/africa-s-big-little-anti-gm-revolution-58118
  • In Kenya, field studies have been going on for the so-called water efficient maize for Africa (WEMA), hybrid maize variety, using hybrid non- GMO drought resistant germplasm...but guess what? They have now, sneaked in the GMO Bt. WEMAvariety into so-called National Field Trials (NPT), with the Bt. protein, ostensibly, as a stacked variety to prevent the maize stem borer pest from attacking the maize stalk! And yet, it is a known fact, from field trials, the Fall Army worm and the stem borer have still attacked the WEMA maize!  Farmers in the field trial sites know and have observed the failure to thrive of the WEMA Bt. Maize! Who is fooling who?
  • Do we have evidence that the Bt. technology that Monsanto, supposedly "donated" in order to get patent privileges on the Bt. WEMA variety is outdated and obsolete technology?  Findings from South Africa have conclusively demonstrated that the gross failure of Bt. Maize against the maize pest! Here is the evidence: http://www.ensser.org/fileadmin/files/3.4-vandenBerg-paper.pdf
  • And how do feed the hungry world, they quip? Agroecological organic agricultural food systems CAN feed the world, sustainably: Here is the evidence: http://www.twn.my/title2/susagri/2016/sa518.htm

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Do we know the amount of toxic agrochemical residues in our foods and their link with chronic diseases including cancer?

Good people,

The month of July is here: July heralds the beginning of the second half of the year and with it comes a period of reflection and introspection; This includes how the year has panned out in achieving defined objectives and goals: For most people a priority objective is to improve their health and wellness by consuming healthy and safe food. This blog article is about the danger from consuming unsafe food: Shocking evidence from a South African foods survey:https://acbio.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/No-Safe-Limits-for-Toxic-Pesticides-in-Our-Food.pdf

  • Have you noticed that most deaths, these days are not from infectious diseases, like pneumonia and malaria complications, but are more from chronic diseases, like heart attacks, diabetes complications, like terminal renal failure, and cancers?
  • What has changed in our environment and the food we consume to cause such an unprecedented increase in these chronic diseases, also referred to as non-communicable diseases (NCDs)?
  • A closer look reveals that most of these foods consumed are “processed” and have “chemical additives” and agrochemical residues, which are known carcinogens and or are triggers of chronic inflammation: these range from highly processed vegetable oils, which include the “Eliantos” which we have been made to believe are healthy oils aka good for the heart health. Evidence? https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02873539
  • How about the agrochemicals, like glyphosate aka Roundup (weed killer) and glufosinate which are commonly used for growing vegetables and cereals?
  • Do we know their residue levels and the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) that are allowed by our various regulatory agencies?
  • Here below evidence of levels far above, those allowed in various globally accepted levels and those found in South Africa food products: GMO maize and GMO soya:https://acbio.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/No-Safe-Limits-for-Toxic-Pesticides-in-Our-Food.pdf

Is there scientific evidence of the negative health effects of glyphosate on human beings at concentrations used in conventional farming and GMO biotech farming/crop production? YES. Plenty of robust evidence!



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What do pesticides and GMOs have in common?

Good people,

The month of June is here and with it the halfway mark to the end of the year 2017.

What else is also almost gone? We have only 60 years of farming left! Why? Due to degradation of soil! https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/only-60-years-of-farming-left-if-soil-degradation-continues/...

  • This soil loss issue should concern all of us and be a priority issue for all humanity, from policy makers to farmers, including consumers…but it is not!
  • Why? Part of the reason is because of prioritizing PROFITS over public good, by our policy makers and political “leaders; they are unfortunately,  “motivated” by multinationals and global corporations(and their subsidiaries) for short term financial gains, at the expense of destroying the planet and its people, through the destruction of SOIL!
  • Use of MORE pesticides and GMOs coupled with farming approaches that degrade the soil and increase global warming. The result is an increase of crop pests, like the Fall Army Worm, resulting in poor yields, which threathen food security, increase in hunger and malnutrition and chronic diseases, also referred to as  non-communicable diseases(NCDs).
  • Do we have evidence that increased use of pesticides, synthetic agrochemicals and GMOs, are contributing to the destruction of soil life which informs the health (or detriment of the health) of the environment and human health? YES. Here below some recent evidence:
  • GMO maize is increasingly been cultivated by use of MORE TOXIC pesticides: This is harmful to both the soil and human health: https://acbio.org.za/south-africa-24-d-stacked-gm-maize-biosafety-socio-economic-risks/
  • Evidence of pesticide harming human health, especially children, causing untold misery:http://panap.net/2017/06/cases-studies-newspaper-articles-children-poisoned-pesticides/
  • And GMO maize traders making MORE MONEY by importing non-approved GMOs from USA, into Africa via South Africa. See the commonality between GMOs and Pesticides? GMOs are the “Trojan Horse” for pesticide use and related PROFITS!

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What do pesticides and GMOs have in common?

Good people,

The month of June is here and with it the halfway mark to the end of the year 2017.

What else is also almost gone? We have only 60 years of farming left! Why? Due to degradation of soil! https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/only-60-years-of-farming-left-if-soil-degradation-continues/...

  • This soil loss issue should concern all of us and be a priority issue for all humanity, from policy makers to farmers, including consumers…but it is not!
  • Why? Part of the reason is because of prioritizing PROFITS over public good, by our policy makers and political “leaders; they are unfortunately,  “motivated” by multinationals and global corporations(and their subsidiaries) for short term financial gains, at the expense of destroying the planet and its people, through the destruction of SOIL!
  • Use of MORE pesticides and GMOs coupled with farming approaches that degrade the soil and increase global warming. The result is an increase of crop pests, like the Fall Army Worm, resulting in poor yields, which threathen food security, increase in hunger and malnutrition and chronic diseases, also referred to as  non-communicable diseases(NCDs).
  • Do we have evidence that increased use of pesticides, synthetic agrochemicals and GMOs, are contributing to the destruction of soil life which informs the health (or detriment of the health) of the environment and human health? YES. Here below some recent evidence:
  • GMO maize is increasingly been cultivated by use of MORE TOXIC pesticides: This is harmful to both the soil and human health: https://acbio.org.za/south-africa-24-d-stacked-gm-maize-biosafety-socio-economic-risks/
  • Evidence of pesticide harming human health, especially children, causing untold misery:http://panap.net/2017/06/cases-studies-newspaper-articles-children-poisoned-pesticides/
  • And GMO maize traders making MORE MONEY by importing non-approved GMOs from USA, into Africa via South Africa. See the commonality between GMOs and Pesticides? GMOs are the “Trojan Horse” for pesticide use and related PROFITS!

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Diversified food security; agro ecology in practise: Inspiring local examples:

Good People,

The month of May is here with us and with it the long rains, albeit sporadic and of an increasingly unpredictable nature.

This month I had the privilege and opportunity to visit Lorient, in France, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorient and commune with like-minded global activists/advocates of agro ecology; A global resistance against GMOs: More here:https://rir-ogm.info/?p=168&lang=en I had the opportunity of seeing and witnessing, first hand,  agro ecological food production and consumption practisesm reinforcing the fact that they agroecologial organic approaches, as an alternative food systesm, CAN sustainably feed the world and mitigate climate change, while preventing/reducing lifestyle diseases aka non-communicable diseases(NCDs).

  • As a public health physician, I now fully understand why the French are, generally, healthier despite eating a lot of bread for breakfast, lunch and supper! They eat lotsa  green vegetables, good quality butter and cheeses, and drink plenty of good French wine while keeping in constant motion…they exercise…they dance and walk or cycle, in the pristine landscaped, fresh air filled, forested neighbourhoods. Wow!
  • Then I asked myself, are there any examples of LOCAL successful agroecological ecosystems in African and elsewhere? I started searching and this is what I found…
  • Deep in Rural Malawi, a Mzungu couple, Kristof and Stacia Nordin have proven beyond doubt that agro ecological food production and consumption systems can sustainably feed local communities;  but also, importantly, tha they can mitigate climate change, reduce farmer input costs and hence increase incomes/improve livelihoods while providing highly diversified nutritious foods from the “food forests” which, additionally, preserve seed variety and enrich the soils. Here is the story:http://www.neverendingfood.org/
  • Deep in rural India, a retired agronomist/scientist, Dr. Carl Rangad, has turned an otherwise food deprived rural community into a food secure paradise and managed to attract and retain YOUTH back into the rural areas, with passion for agro ecological and cultural based practises of agroecology and agroforestry. Here is the story:https://foodtank.com/news/2017/04/indian-indigenous-agroecological-traditions/
  • And, finally, do you need recent evidence that GMOs are bad for the environment and the food  system? Here is evidence of recent “accidental” GMO contamination:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gmo-ethanol-corn-contamination-raises-concerns-about_us_58e52857e4b0ee31ab9533dd

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Going Organic in East Africa

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This is just a few names and contacts of organic farmers who work closely with OCA.

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OCA works closely and directs traffic to the only organic restaurant in Nairobi so far.

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OCA closely works with one processor whose products are certified organic.

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