A time of reflection, introspection and looking to the future…
Good people, the month of December is here with us; and true to nature’s predictable consistency…it is winter in some places, summer in other places, winter throughout in some places and yet in some places, it is summer all year round…that is the seasonality and diversity of Mother Nature. What lessons does Mother Nature continue to teach us? What did we share and learn in 2019?
Here below, in a nutshell, some evidence based lessons…
- The year begun in January, 2019, with an eye opening “expose” of the scary realization that anti-microbial resistance(AMR), especially from reckless overuse of antibiotics in diary, poultry and livestock rearing, in particular, the high residues of glyphosate(and its metabolites) in the food we consume, is a public health issue of apocalyptic proportions. We proposed less use of glyphosate and other herbicides with antibiotic properties, on the one hand and more judicious use of antibiotics, on the other: More here: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/144-as-the-year-2019-starts-are-we-aware-of-the-impending-global-apocalypse-from-antimicrobial-resistance-amr-what-factors-are-fueling-increasing-bacterial-resistance-to-antibiotics-and-what-are-the-solutions.html
- In February, we discussed and shared on the “why, what, who and how” of aflatoxins, as it harms human health; More here: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/145-what-are-aflatoxins-why-are-they-a-food-safety-issue-of-increasing-public-health-concern-especially-in-developing-countries.html
- In March, we discussed and shared how organic foods can be a solution to aflatoxin contamination, synthetic pesticides use and misuse of antibiotics(use of antibiotics is not allowed in organic farming) in mitigating NCDs. Find more here: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/146-did-you-know-that-organic-foods-are-a-one-stop-shop-solution-to-consuming-pesticide-contaminated-foods-and-addressing-non-communicable-diseases.html
- In April, we shared evidence of the negatives of the current industrial farming approaches and their unsustainable “silos” approach and instead recommended the urgent need to adopt and scale up sustainable agroecological food systems, before it is too late: Here is more: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/147-why-we-must-shift-from-industrial-chemical-monoculture-food-systems-to-local-diverse-agro-ecological-food-systems-before-it-is-too-late.html
- In May, we shared on how GMOs and synthetic pesticides work synergistically to destroy the health of the soil microbiome and the human gut microbiome, while elaborating on how the health of the two is interlinked .More here: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/148-did-you-know-that-genetically-modified-foods-gmos-and-synthetic-pesticides-work-synergistically-to-destroy-both-the-external-ecosystem-and-the-internal-ecosystem-aka-the-gut-microbiome-listen-to-the-scientific-evidence.html
- In June, we shared evidence, unknown to many, that glyphosate is not only a herbicide but also a broad spectrum antibiotic (and contributor to anti-microbial resistance). In summary, it a broad spectrum biocide: Find more here: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/150-why-glyphosate-a-roundup-formulation-is-not-only-a-carcinogen-but-also-a-biocide-it-kills-all-life-forms.html
- In the month of July, we dug deep and unearthed the broad range of harmful effects of glyphosate aka Roundup…its wide toxicity to the ecosystem, especially the unnerving finding that it “kills” all life indiscriminately and can be “inherited” to injure future offspring, that it causes intergenerational damage: Here is more: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/149-new-evidence-that-glyphosate-a-key-ingredient-in-roundup-and-other-herbicides-formulations-is-more-harmful-than-previously-thought.html
- During the month of August, we gave glyphosate a break! We shared new evidence of how Wi-fi and electromagnetic fields(AMF) and related radiation is harming plant, animal and human health, at DNA level, and the need for a “precautionary approach” to 5G technology: Here is the evidence: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/151-are-wi-fis-mobile-phones-and-microwave-radiation-risk-factors-for-cancers.html
- In September, the Libra month, we returned to the dangers of synthetic pesticides and shared evidence on the link between soil contamination and increasing incidences of cancers, focusing on local evidence. For those who read, here is more: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/152-is-there-evidence-of-a-link-between-pesticide-residues-contamination-of-soil-and-water-with-the-increasing-rates-of-cancer.html
- October, the Scorpio month, when we travelled to FAO, Rome in Italy, to attend and participate in the Committee on Food Security(CFS), the apex food policy making organ, at FAO. We provided evidence and advocated for the need for global food and nutrition policies to shift from the current unsustainable food policies, applying a “systems thinking approach”, aligned to the 17 SDGs, by adopting and scaling up the sustainable agroecological food systems. More here: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/153-is-there-evidence-of-local-and-international-success-stories-in-policy-advocacy-towards-removing-toxic-pesticides-from-our-food-system.html
- And in November, we shared damning evidence of the failure of the current “toxic” food system and made a clarion call for a paradigm shift to sustainable agroecological food systems…which is in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG). Here is more: https://www.organicconsumers.co.ke/154-damning-evidence-the-current-industrial-model-has-failed-to-achieve-food-and-nutrition-security-a-clarion-call-for-a-paradigm-shift-to-an-agro-ecogical-approach.ht
Finally, as we celebrate and make merry during this festive season, let us be mindful of what we eat (and drink!)…we need a paradigm shift from consuming food produced in “firms” for “Power, Politics and Trade(PPT) to, consuming food
produced in “farms”, which is agroecological grown and consumed as organic food.