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A revisit of the harmful effects of Glyphosate aka Roundup Weed killer: Is there a synergistic effect between glyphosate based herbicides (GBH) and COVID-19?

Good people, the month of July, 2020, is here with us and with it uncertainty and mounting anxiety on how to deal with Covid19 and its worsening health and socio-economic impact.

This article seeks to remind the readership of the central role of a well functioning immune system in “treating” over 90% of Covid19 infections(especially in Africa)...the immune system is the unsung hero in the fight against Covid19.

It further seeks to highlight the toxic effects of Roundup and other glyphosate based herbicides (GBH), including how they weaken the immune system. It also seeks to explore the connection between the harmful effects of GBH, including causing various cancers, in addition to  damaging human micro-biota with resultant weakening of the immune system and how this could increase vulnerability to Covid19 infections.

The range of negative effects of glyphosate starts from destruction of useful soil micro-organisms, chelating (binding) soil trace elements, killing of pollinator bees, use as a desiccant, before harvesting of various crops especially wheat, as a broad spectrum antibiotic in animal and human guts, selective killing of the “good gut bacteria”, causation of fatty liver, endocrine and reproductive dysfunction, to neurotoxicity and related mental dysfunctions. The list of harmful effects is almost endless....the pernicious and “stealth like” harm caused by this synthetic version of the amino acid, glycine, has earned it the nick name of the “Devils Molecule” by some scientists! Here is below is why:

  • For many years farmers, consumers and environmentalists could not make the connection between glyphosate and GMOs and their negative impacts. Dr. Thierry Vran, a reknown soil scientists and formerly “an insider” of the working of Monsanto, explains the spectrum of harm that glyphosate causes; ranging from soil damage to human gut damage: This water soluble molecule, glyphosate, which is a synthetic form of the amino acid, glycine, has an unusual capacity to cause widespread harm. Dr. Thierry Vran explains in this illuminating presentation:
  • The Siamese twin relationship between GMOs and glyphosate with its aggressive marketing for the African market as a solution to food security. The reality, however, is that the patented GMOs and glyphosate are more about controlling the seed and pesticides markets to reap huge profits for the monolithic multinational corporations who, increasingly, control the seed, pesticide  and food industry: Bayer Monsanto work with cleverly work with academics and national research institutions to achieve their nefarious agenda: Have a listen how they do this:
  • Over decades, profit interest were put before public health interest by Monsanto(now Bayer) with their populous herbicide, Roundup(and other GBHs) which is, by far, the most widespread use herbicide, resulting in untold human suffering including causing cancers. The recent cases of court action, like that of Dewayne Johnson, with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, have put a global spotlight on the dangers of glyphosate and GBH:
  • Following the historic DeWayne Johnson case, a couple who both got cancer as a result of many years of using GBH, on their farm, also sued Bayer-Monsanto and won the case: Listen in on their favorable ruling here:

The above summaries capture the broad spectrum harmful effects of glyphosate.  Recent and ongoing cases of punitive awards against Bayer Monsanto, are proof of culpability,  including the most recent award of a staggering US 10 billion dollars: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/24/bayer-maker-roundup-weedkiller-agrees-pay-10-billion-cancer-settlements/

One may ask whether there are any published scientific evidence, in peer reviewed journals, to back up all these claims; Yes indeed. Here are some:

  • While Bayer-Monsanto sponsored scientists have churned out publications suggesting that glyphosate, alone, may not be as toxic, they deliberately hide the fact that the commercial glyphosate based herbicides contain toxic adjuvants, in commercial formulations, listed as “inert”which escape the standard safety assessments done by regulatory agencies like EPA and EU regulatory agencies: Here is the evidence of their enhanced toxicity. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322140415_Toxicity_of_formulants_and_heavy_metals_in_glyphosate-based_herbicides_and_other_pesticides .
  • These “inert adjuvants” work synergistically with the glyphosate molecule to increase its pesticidal capacity to cause harm, including killing helpful soil microorganisms and the “good bacteria” in the human gut. The ensuing imbalance in gut microfaun is directly related to a weakened immune system: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29404314/ and here: https://www.gmoscience.org/glyphosate-and-roundup-disrupt-the-gut-microbiome-by-inhibiting-the-shikimate-pathway/
  • A revisit of the horrendous effects of glyphosate on humanity cannot be concluded without mentioning that, glyphosate, also causes harm and damage to future generations by causing inheritable DNA damaging traits that cause existential fertility damage to the offspring of those exposed to glyphosate toxicity. Intergenerational sperm quality and quantity damage is the latest addition to such harm caused by glyphosate. This is published in the journal, Nature: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-42860-0
  • To conclude this overview of glyphosate, the take home message is that you should avoid exposure to glyphosate: “You are what you eat”. Increasingly, the central role of the gut microbiome in regulating many other systems including the immune system is becoming evident. One wants to avoid any foods likely to contain glyphosate and its adjuvants, as these foods compromise the immune system: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30262901/

Finally, let us make the connection with Covid19. What is COVID-19? How does it relate to glyphosate aka Roundup resulting in a weakened immune system? Here is summary explanation: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2090123220300540

Needless to state, as earlier explained ,over 90% of COVID-19 infections “self heal” with little or no outside interventions and with little or no symptoms. This is attributed to healthy and well balanced innate immune system.

  • What kind of foods, diets and lifestyles strengthen the immune system by building and supporting the “good bacteria” and ensuring little or no glyphosate based herbicide residues(GBH)?
  • The answer is foods grown in soils that have a rich variety of healthy micro-organisms without exposure to GBH and related synthetic agrochemicals popularly described as regenerative organic soils and other agroecological farming practices: Healthy soils in turn result in health plants which in term result in a healthy gut microbiome. A healthy gut microbiome, in turn, results in a robust immune system.
  • The author of this article, Dr. Peter Mokaya, in this video, explains “food is medicine” approaches to healthy diets:
  • Going forward, we need to promote organic agroecological foods systems, not only for food security but also for improving grassroot livelihoods and as business. Agroecological food systems provide local diverse and nutrient rich foods, which include Zinc, selenium and other trace elements which boost and strengthen the immune system while at the same time “putting money in small scale farmers pockets”...one organic farmer at a time...
  • Not forgetting, Africa Organic Trade Pavilion, based in BioFach, Germany, needs to return to Africa where it's belongs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=263&v=bJK1RNgIqis&feature=emb_logo

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What do GMOs, Glyphosate aka Roundup, Vaccines, 5G and Covid19 have in common?

Good people, the month of June 2020 is here, with us, and with it an unprecedented manifestation of the “convergence of toxicity” which has devastating consequences on the immune system. One may quip, really? What do genetically modified organisms, glyphosate (popularly called Roundup Weedkiller or Gyphosate Based Herbicides-GBH), Vaccines , 5G and COVID-19 have in common?”

In this article, we outline the various “toxins” that constitute the “convergence of toxicity”. Let us start with GMOs. What are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and what do they have in common with Covid19? For starters, both GMOs and Covid19 are genetically modified organisms. There is evidence that Covid19 is a “novel” virus, meaning it is not natural but rather “modified” through man-made interventions in scientific laboratories. Have a read: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166354220300528

GMO foods are foods that are produced from seeds which “mimic” natural seeds but are “modified” in laboratories to express certain specific desired traits referred to as “events” which would not normally occur in nature, without the “tinkering” process in labs. A well published safety concern about GMOs foods is that they manifest allergenic and immunogenic side effects which, in general, cause dysfunction of the immune system. Here, a review: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/23457039_Health_Risks_of_Genetically_Modified_Foods

Glyphosate aka “Roundup” aka glyphosate based herbicides (GBH) is a synthetic laboratory created synthetic chemical that mimics the naturally occurring amino acid, glycine. It is water soluble which makes it an insidious “poison” that, thanks to Monsanto and now Bayer, is almost everywhere on earth; from inside our bodies(we are 70% water) and the surface of the earth(which is 70% water bodies). Among the myriad of negative impacts of glyphosate (or its various formulations which contain adjuvants and additives which are even more toxic), it negatively affects the immune system in much the same way as Covid19 does: Here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4756530/

Vaccines: Vaccines, from an epidemiological context, are touted as the “saviors” of human kind throughout history. While their lifesaving benefits are acknowledged, increasingly, there is a “dark side” to the more recent vaccines, from a safety point of view. It appears, deliberately, some manufacturers, have thrown caution to the wind and allow impurities including, dead foetal cells, thimerosal(mercury) and aluminum, as some of the contaminants which adversely affect the immune system. Here the evidence: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK220494/

Fifth Generation (5G); Fifth Generation(5G) electromagnetic frequency, despite a concerted cover up scheme by the telecommunication industry, 5G seems to have serious negative public health effects which include a direct effects on the immune system. Emerging scientific evidence, from independent and credible scientists, like Prof. Martin Pall, of Washington University, suggest serious harm to human health, including the immunological system. https://www.emfsa.co.za/videos/dr-martin-pall-to-the-nih-the-5g-rollout-is-absolutely-insane/ A interesting finding of epidemiological importance is that some of those negative effects seem to “mimic” the effects caused by Covid19. Here, some video evidence of the effects of 5G: https://www.brighteon.com/da127bf4-2f0c-424d-8dbe-3911c96e5cda

Based on the above explanations and supportive evidence, one can now join the dots and notice a pattern emerging -  showing how these multiple environmental agents, re: GMOs, Glyphosate(or GBH), Vaccines and 5G, singularly and collectively, negatively impact the immune system, hence the term “convergence of toxicity”. Needless to state, Covid19, is apparently a chimeric virus, which disrupts the immune system and causes immunological dysfunction which triggers a “cytokine storm” in the lungs, which is often the cause of respiratory suffocation and death. Emerging evidence suggests that these negative immunological effects are made worse (they work synergistically) or compounded by these other environmental triggers. The collective assault and damage to the immune system is what GMOs, Glyphosate, Vaccines, 5G and Covid19 have in common.

What is the way forward to avert weakening of the immune system during the Covid19 pandemic?

In view of the outlined “Convergence of toxicity” the solutions recommended include the following:

  • Stop or significantly reduce exposure to transgenic foods and related products.
  • Reduce use of all synthetic pesticides and GBH in agricultural practice, including desiccation.
  • Minimize vaccinations especially from the newer and unsafe vaccines like the “flu” vaccines.
  • Avoid or minimize exposure to all WiFi and other electromagnetic radiation aka “electro-pollution” radiations in the range of 4G(60GHz range) and including the 5G(60GHz or 5millimeter range) currently being rolled out in many countries, all over the world.
  • Promote safe and natural non-chemical farming which includes agro-ecological farming and related regenerative farming and related food and nutrition systems.
  • Strengthen and boost the innate natural immune system by promoting the consumption of healthy agro-ecologically grown foods which are marketed as organic foods.
  • Create evidence based policy advocacy and population based awareness creation on the link between GMOs, GBH, Vaccines, 5G and Covid19 and the urgent need to minimize exposure to the “convergence of toxicity” which, collectively pose an existential threat to humanity.
  • Leverage the current Covid19 pandemic to advocate for safer food production and consumption systems that strengthen the immune system which in turn, reduces the incidence and prevalence of non-communicable diseases: These include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CoPD) and various cancers which increase vulnerability to Covid19 infection and progression to disease and in some cases, death.
  • Advocate for a systems approach to Covid19 mitigation including the need to place food and nutrition security at the heart of mitigating the negative impacts of Covid19.
  • Dr. Peter Mokaya, the author of this article, is quoted advocating for “the need to view Covid19 beyond the lenses of the health sector” in this recent article. http://impacthubmedia.com/13609/agriculture-should-be-at-the-core-of-covid-19-response/

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Is the Corona virus nature’s message that humanity needs to press the “re-set” button? Is there evidence that boosting immunity is the first line of defense?

The month of April is here and with it the Corona virus pandemic is spreading fear and anxiety, globally: This is unprecedented; a pandemic of monumental proportions unfolding right before our eyes.

In recent months Covid 19 has forced us to pose and press the “re-set” button…to ask fundamental questions regarding how humanity may have, inadvertently, caused the emergence of new infections, including the Corona virus.  Here below, pertinent questions and evidence based answers.

  • Is the corona virus a message from nature for humanity to slow down and re-think his relationships with other living things and the natural environment?
  • Is there evidence that humanity’s extractive model, which does not factor in co-existence with other life forms, may have triggered the emergence of new infections?
  • It is becoming evident that it is not only animal species, like the rhino, which is an endangered species,  but perhaps humanity as well. The use of such terminology as the 6th anthropocene aka  the 6th mass extinction to describe the impending human extinction. This is largely caused by humanities disconnection from other living things and nature:  Read more here: https://www.fairplanet.org/developing-stories/saving-rhinoceros/the-anthropocene-age-of-genocide/
  • Narrowing down to current agricultural food systems, do we have evidence that the current nutrition and food systems are not only unsustainable but also contributing to the emergence of new diseases, including new viruses, like the corona virus? Yes, we do!
  • Here is what the UN Environmental Chief observes:https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-26-coronavirus-message-from-nature-says-un-chief.html
  • Biologist Robert Wallace in his book “Big Farms, Big Flu” shows how industrial farming, with feedlots and concentrated animal feeding operations(CAFOs), are creating toxic environments which are epicenters for the spread of new infections: Watch his video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=290&v=vSIHpwWWvLY&feature=emb_logo
  • The current coronavirus imposed “lockdown” which has brought many cities and communities to a standstill, may be a blessing in disguise for other forms of life on earth. The case of dolphins appearing in Italy’ water’s has gone viral, shared here, is a powerfully demonstrates the new reality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=32&v=cm7Py-PsXV4&feature=emb_logo
  • Shining a light on the current industrial chemical food production system, how might this food system contributed to the re-emergence of new infections, including the corona virus? Some explanations, as below.
  • The African Centre for Biodiversity(ACB) makes an argument for a correlation with the emergence of Covid19. Here: https://www.acbio.org.za/en/monoculture-effect-and-covid-19
  • To quote the articleThe COVID-19 outbreak illustrates the complex interactions between deforestation, reduced biological diversity, ecosystem destruction, and human health and safety, in large part driven by the globalised agricultural and food system. Further, with the threats posed by climate change, we can expect greater exposure to existing and emerging pathogens.”
  • More evidence that the current food systems is continuously dumping dangerous organophosphates(like Roundup Weed Killer) into soils which chelates(binds with them) and making the trace elements unavailable to plant root systems, which in turn, has been associated with many chronic diseases as explained here by Dr. Charles Benbrooke . He explains how the US and other farmers are trapped into using more and more glyphosate, a well established toxic organophosphate: https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/use-controversial-weed-killer-glyphosate-skyrockets-midwest-fields
  • For those who wish to have a detailed technical understanding of how glyphosate impacts human health and triggers chronic diseases,  Dr. Steffanie Seneff , explains in this article and subsequent ones: https://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416

What is the co-existence alternative food system and what foods boost immunity, especially during this corona virus pandemic?

  • A watershed UN backed scientific report advised, more than two decades ago, that the current food system is unsustainable and if left unchanged may pose an existential threat to humanity.
  • Among other recommendations, the IAASTD report recommends a shift from the current industrial chemical food system that promotes conditions for the emergence of corona-like viruses, to a more co-existence with nature and agro-ecologically aligned nutrition and food system. Here is the summary report: https://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416
  • Accumulating evidence suggests that low levels of trace elements in soil and specifically Zinc deficiencies in soil is manifesting as deficient levels of zinc in humans, in turn manifesting as increased susceptibility to the corona virus. Published studies confirm this association: Here as reported in the British Medical Journal: https://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/10/29/zinc-ions-and-fight-against-sars
  • More evidence that dietary Zinc (and in supplements) triggers a supportive immune boosting response that supports the respiratory system to fight and destroy the family of corona virus and by extension should confer some protection against Covid 19. Read the article here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2973827/
  • Watch this short video as Dr. Neal Bernard, a plant based nutritional physician, explains what foods boost immunity:
  • More here, on foods that one should consume to boost the body’s immune system, as the first line of defense  against diseases,  including corona virus:  https://www.brighteon.com/f5d9ca7a-263d-4830-b63b-8e1b0ce5f1ee
  • The next logical question is what foods contain adequate amounts of Zinc which should be consumed to boost the immune systems and that contain high amounts of Zinc?
  • Foods with high amounts of Zinc include the following; pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, seafood, grass-fed beef and of course, green leafy vegetables. Find more information, here: https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-31-these-high-zinc-foods-could-help-stop-coronavirus.html
  • Where can these foods be found? It depends on your location and “lockdown” circumstances. You can start here: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/organic-markets/farmers.html
  • Finally, in tandem with the information shared in this article, stay safe and healthy by consuming agroecologically grown foods which are sold as certified organic(or bio) in  supermarkets, local farmers markets, local food outlets and of course, directly from organic farmers.

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Is there is a link between Organic food producers - consumers - the environment and Covid19?

Is there is a link between Organic food producers - consumers - the environment and Covid19?

Good people, the month of May is here with us and with it the “plague” of Covid19 continues unabated… causing untold misery and unprecedented deaths, everywhere.  There is an increasing sense of confusion and despondency.  But one thing is clear; Covid19 attacks the immune system and causes it to dysfunction.

  • Is there anything we can do to strengthen the immune system, which is the first line of defense? At individual, household, community, sub-national and national level?
  • Yes, there is. “Grow and consume organic foods or purchase from your trusted local farmer or from certified organic outlets and consume organic produce rather than the conventional types.” There is emerging evidence that synthetic chemical free foods, grown locally, consisting of a rich diversity IS “medicine” for Covid19.
  • Indeed, as early as 431 BC Hippocrates admonished as such:”Let food be thy medicine..”
  • Is there evidence that the pesticide residues in non-organic foods can weaken the immune system and increase vulnerability to Covid19? Yes, there is: for the example, the commonly used Roundup herbicide is not only a broad spectrum anti;iotic that kills good bacteria in the gut which helps in building your immunity but it also binds useful trace elements, like Zinc and Selenium which are useful in fighting infections, including Corona viruses.
  • Do we have evidence of Roundup residues harming the body? Here: https://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416 ; for Zinc and its benefits here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21079686 and for Selenium here: https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ajcn/nqaa095/5826147?rss=1

This month, our article is done a little differently: We take a detour from the usual links and evidence packaged format of previous blog articles and instead share an interview reprint, from the Standard Newspaper, a local daily, for Saturday May 2, 2020.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have developed nutrition guidelines for adults during theCOVID-19 outbreak.

Although food cannot cure or prevent infection with COVID-19, proper nutrition is important to overall health and well-being. People who eat healthy foods tend to have stronger immune systems and are therefore at lower risk of developing illnesses and contracting infectious diseases than those who consume unhealthy food.

Eating fresh wholesome and unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes such as lentils and beans, nuts and whole grains such as unprocessed maize, millet, oats, wheat, brown rice, or starchy tubers or roots such as potatoes, pumpkins, yams or cassava and foods from animal sources like meat, fish, eggs, and milk can be of great benefit to our health. The foods are safer and more nutritious, if they are grown (for plants) or reared(for animals) without use of chemical fertilizers and not sprayed with synthetic pesticides and use of antibiotics to fasten growth, in the case of animals.

In our continuing series of interviews with the movers and shakers in the sustainable agriculture sector also known as agroecological agriculture, Charles Kimani speaks to Dr. Peter O. Mokaya, popularly known as Dr. Organic. Dr. Mokaya is the Director and CEO of Organic Consumers Alliance (OCA). He is a Johns Hopkins University and University of Nairobi Medical School trained Public Health Physician and Health Development practitioner with over 30 years of experience in practice and management of healthcare with a focus on preventive Health care, Health Systems Strengthening, Community Health Development among others. More recently he is involved in pan-African leadership, through evidence based policy advocacy, aimed at shifting policies to embrace agroecological and eco-friendly approaches to development, using a systems thinking approach, which emphasizes a multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary approach which puts nutrition and food security at the centre in order to achieve of the Sustainable Development goals whose ultimate objective is achieving the highest quality of life , leaving no one behind.

Tell us about Organic Consumers Alliance (OCA)

This is an Alliance of people who believe in consuming organic or agro ecologically grown food because it is healthier, free of chemicals and grown in tandem or in harmony with the cycles and patterns of nature.

What are the trends in consumption of organic foods especially here in Kenya?

Thank you for asking that question. The younger people in our society have now realized that organic food is synonymous with food that is free from toxins, chemicals and is grown in ways that don’t harm or destroy the environment. Organic produce is safer and healthier, more nutritious, trendy and adds value not just to the consumers but also to those who produce the food in a manner that sustains the soil, ecosystem and the environment. There is a continuum of care between the plants, animals, human beings and the environment. This sense of holistic wellness is what appeals to many organic produce consumers. Many people are now realizing that if they want to be healthy, they need to be eating foods that are agroecologically grown and sold as organic foods, in various outlets, including some supermarkets.

What efforts are being made globally and locally to sensitize consumers on the importance of eating organic foods?

One of the world’s leading trade fair for organic food is the Biofach exhibition in Germany. The food exhibition presents consumers with the perfect opportunity to meet organic producers from the organic market and be inspired by the sector’s latest trends. This is really about alignment with sustainable development goals for enhancing the health of the people, the health of the planet and sustainable profits for the producers. Biofach is the embodiment of the realization of the process of achieving sustainable development goals and its uniqueness is in showcasing ways of growing food without destroying the soil and microorganisms therein, without contaminating the waterways, or polluting the air from use of unnecessary fossil energy. These conventional non-organic food production methods result in more green house gas emissions which contribute to global warming, climate change among other negative manifestations, including harm to human health. Going forward, we are working towards the African region, especially in Kenya, to have a replica of something like Biofach where young people can experience food that is good for health and wellness and not just for consumption, but also as trade and livelihood improvement opportunities. By consuming organically produced foods, we achieve the triple benefits of achieving better health, wealth and protecting the environment. For more information, Dr. Mokaya can reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check their website here:www.organicconsumers.co.ke

What do you see as the future of organic food production and consumption?

We used to say before that the future is organic. But the future is here with us now. As more and more people especially the young people realize the value of organic foods and benefit from the experience of more wellness, farmers will have more business.  Dr. Mokaya aka “Dr. Organic”  strongly recommends that part of the prevention strategy to mitigate the current pandemic of Covid19 is to strengthen your immunity by consuming safe and diverse organic foods, especially those rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc-Selenium. As much as possible consume organic foods since they don’t have harmful residues as those found in chemically grown and sprayed foods, which may weaken the immune system.

This interview was conducted by Musdalafa Lyaga is the producer of Kilimo Hai, a farmer radio program on organic farming broadcasted every Thursday at 7.30 PM on Radio Maisha while Charles Kimani is the farmer feedback officer at Biovision Africa

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Is humanity facing an existential threat from adopting a food and nutrition system that fights against nature instead of working with nature?

The month of March 2020 is here; the coronavirus, a “flu virus”, is threatening to disrupt, not only the health and well being of humanity, but also that of the entire ecosystem.  Assuming this is a naturally mutated virus, is Mother Nature passing a “message” that perhaps we, humans, have done enough harm to the ecosystem and that nature is responding to “re-balance”?

 This month’s article seeks to outline some pertinent issues and makes some recommendations, as part of the solution, with a focus on food systems. The current food system is the problem - conventional agriculture, while the solution is agroecological regenerative agriculture.

  • There is increasing evidence that the current food system has failed to achieve food and nutrition security and therefore the need for a radical transformation:…”to wake up before it is too late” https://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/ditcted2012d3_en.pdf
  • The UN systems, through WHO and FAO have noted that despite the increase in food production and productivity, global malnutrition, both under nutrition and over nutrition, also called obesity, have continued to rise. Here as reported in the 2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition. http://www.fao.org/3/ca5162en/ca5162en.pdf
  • As part of an effort to mitigate this dismal statistics, the FAO developed policies and strategies to promote Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA). NSA is an approach to address malnutrition by providing safe and diversified foods that are accessible to all, including rural and marginalized communities.
  • To ensure standardized measurement and monitoring of FAO-WHO have recently developed key recommendations and indicators to incorporate nutrition sensitive aspects to food productions systems; Find summary here: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4922e.pdf
  • Nutrition sensitive agriculture is a food-based approach to agricultural development that puts dietary diversity and nutritionally rich foods, produced respecting the principles of agroecology and organic farming, at the heart of overcoming malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Increasingly, more and more scientists, from multi-disciplinary backgrounds are demonstrating that reclaiming soil health is the solution to ecosystem health, including diminishing biodiversity and climate disruptions. Here below the evidence.
  • Emerging systems thinkers and scientists, exemplified by Dr. Elaine Ingham, are highlighting the need to “fix the soil micro-organisms” and increase their diversity and viability in order to fix both the soil and human gut ecosystem and related microorganisms imbalances resulting in a myriad of metabolic disorders and chronic diseases, including cancers.
  • Dr. Christine Jones, a leading soil ecologist, provides even more powerful evidence on how working with nature as opposed to working against nature, using a terminology called “quorum sensing” that soil micro-organisms can regenerate and create “new soil with nutrient rich organic matter” from soils that were previously almost “dead dirt”. Watch the video here:
  • Few physicians turned ecosystem activist have captured this existential threat to humanity better than Dr. Zack Bush. Zack, explains how the widespread use of glyphosate and its various Roundup formulations, among  other toxic organophosphates, used alongside synthetic fertilizers has created a problem of monumental proportions that poses an existential threat to humanity and the entire ecosystem. He brilliantly also explains the “solution”: Watch the video here:
  • Is there more local evidence that, increasing environmental contamination, from reckless profit motivated human activities, are causing an existential threat? Yes. The locust invasion in East Africa, a natural cyclic manifestation of locust behavior, has caught conventional entomologists, ecologists and other scientists “napping” and using toxic organophosphates to try and “kill” the locusts without consideration of other insects and human health. Reckless spraying, with Sumithion, an organophosphorous pyrethroid is a concern in some parts of Kenya. Here is evidence of the toxicity of Sumithion: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317225308_Toxicity_effects_of_sumithion_on_the_breeding_performance_and_viability_of_eggs_embryos_and_subsequent_growth_indices_of_Heteropneustes_fossilis_larvae and http://jifro.ir/article-1-3849-en.html

What are some of the agroecologically aligned solutions to address the existential threat to humanity?

  • There is an urgent need for a transformational shift from the current external synthetic chemical based food and nutrition systems to nature aligned agroecological and organic food and nutrition systems. Here is evidence that they work and can sustainably not only improve community nutritional levels but can also improve incomes and livelihoods: https://www.organicwithoutboundaries.bio/2019/05/15/nutrition-mountain-agroecosystems/
  • There is need to find safe and ecosystem friendly strategies to address the locust invasion, for example, instead of using toxic soil microorganism destroying chemicals, like Sumithion, a toxic biocide. A good example of an accessible, safe biological intervention is the use of the fungi, metahizium acridum which specifically attacks locusts and grasshoppers, while sparing other beneficial insects: Here for more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5715920/can be used to biologically to kill the locusts without killing non-target insects.
  • Another solution is to innovate and use simple and affordable technologies that are accessible to millions of poor populations, including small scale family farming communities. Three examples are presented in addressing clean water and biofertilizers, addressing the corona virus and addressing malnutrition.
  • Use of innovative eco-friendly technologies that provide access to clean water to large rural populations, solar electricity and re-newable and regenerative agriculture using biofertilizers and soil micro-organisms. Here is an example of how it works by billionaire Manoj: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChsHrEgI8qb0dBa4UF791SQ
  • Sayer Ji has documented evidence confirming that the “germ theory” is not aligned to nature… killing “bugs” by using a “killing approach” rather than a balanced co-existence. He presents scientific evidence of plant based solutions to viruses similar to coronavirus: https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/studies-find-natural-treatments-coronavirus and here: https://www.greenmedinfo.com/disease/coronavirus-infectional
  • And finally, what are we doing at Organic Consumers Alliance(OCA), in partnership with Sylvia’s Baskets and ISD/IFOAM?
  • As part of the global Mountainous Agroecosystem Action Network(MAAN) https://maan.ifoam.bio/ that promotes sustainable agroecological organic nutrition sensitive agriculture and food systems., we are doing as two cents , as change agents and advocates ofchange at both policy and community level; https://www.organicwithoutboundaries.bio/2020/02/06/organic-delivers-health-in-a-holistic-sense/
  • As key partners of the Kenya Chapter of the East Africa Highlands, a First Face to Face ToT Training on Organic Nutritive Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) is scheduled for the 3rd of March to the 5th of March, 2020. OCA and partner,s are playing their role as agents of change towards achieving a healthier and more sustainable ecosystem for all and contributing to mitigating the existential threat to humanity.
  • The training concludes with an organic farm visit to the farm of one of the trainer’s farm, Sylvia’s Organic Farm. Here being interviewed by IFOAM Biofach reporter. https://www.organicwithoutboundaries.bio/2020/02/06/organic-delivers-health-in-a-holistic-sense/

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Organic Farmers

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Organic Markets

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Restaurants

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

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