I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “farm to table”about a million times…
But who’s farm? The one down the road, the ones in southern California or a farm in a distant country like Venezuela or China?
And what about “think global, act local?”
Another good one, right? In this case, this article spotlights one key fact when it comes to eating “right” — which is, a diet is healthy for you ONLY when the food you consume is free of toxins and harmful chemicals. And even when we do our best to eat healthy, it turns out that some companies — think big-agra – actually use polluted water to grow food which is consumed by us.
Did you know?
For example, did you know that our multi-billion dollar food industry currently gets away with growing food using toxic oil wastewater from large oil corporations?
It’s true. In fact, this practice has been going on for a long time, with little to no regulation. What’s more, these companies exploit consumers like you and me along with the farm-workers who grow the crops — all to turn a huge profit by turning their toxic byproduct (e.g. polluted wastewater) into a “commodity” by selling it to areas desperately in need of water in places facing increasingly arid conditions, such as southern California. In a scheme to get rid of and save money on oil wastewater disposal, oil companies are selling billions of gallons of it to irrigation districts in California for cheap.
So the next time you see a commercial to donate to cancer research, understand that many forms of cancer are actually caused by the long-term health effects of industrial pollution.
And growing food in toxic water is certainly a risk factor for cancer, even though few people will have the guts to state this fact categorically.
Note: In response, some websites claim that oil wastewater is “carefully treated, tested and approved for agricultural use.” Carefully treated by who? Which organization? Which treatment methods were used? What are the test results? Where are the test results placed on file as a matter of public record? The simple fact of the matter is that currently there is NO regular testing or reporting required, which means the water used in this highly unregulated practice could contain toxic chemicals linked with cancer and reproductive harm.
So what can you do?
Click the link to watch this video by food & water watch.
Right now they are asking people to sign a pledge to stop buying products from certain companies until this practice stops. And maybe you can add your name to the list, too?
Together we can make a positive difference in this world, by staying informed, asking tough questions, and sharing the truth to expose corporate greed which hides behind a thin veneer of lies.