At some stage as we travel on the roads of New Zealand, we’re likely to find ourselves surrounded by rolling hills covered in lush jade grass, where cows and sheep amble nonchalantly about. And as long as we retain Nuclear-Free status, it’s likely to stay that way…
Or is it?
It depends; if conventional crop farmers are allowed to exploit the environment for a continued economic return, how long do you think our country will survive?
Pesticides that have been introduced to increase crop yields are damaging the health of our nation (and the rest of the world’s) because these chemicals are inherently toxic. So although the risk is less than that posed by something like the nuclear plant at Sellafield and the likelihood of a catastrophic accident as disastrous as Chernobyl is low, the country is still clearly in danger.
A large majority of modern pesticides are extremely poisonous to all things that come into contact with them, including us.
While chronic low-level exposure merely affects the skin, eyes, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys, reproductive system and blood.
It is estimated that there are between 1 and 5 million pesticide poisonings each year, resulting in 20,000 deaths worldwide (according to a recent World Health Organisation report). The WHO also stated evidence showing that some pesticides can mimic or inhibit normal hormones, which may permanently affect the physical and neurological development of children and adolescents.
So what is the solution?
Organic Farming – because it will cost less to the environment and will shrink medical bills. Organic Farming encourages biodiversity and sustainability, which promotes a healthy planet. Food and other crops produced according to the National Standard of Organic Farming will also reduce the toxic herbicides, chemicals and pesticides that pollute our environment and water supplies.
Organic Farming practises also protect the health of the farmer
On 4th November 2003, New Zealand established the National Standards for Organic Certification, aimed at increasing the quality of organic food and ensuring consistency throughout the industry. It encourages zero tolerance of Genetically Engineered material and as such, any Certified Organic organisation may be deemed trustworthy.
The International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) said that one of the principles of Organic Farming is ‘to produce food of high quality’, so buying organic, is buying peace of mind. And to consume other foods, produced by other methods, is to gamble with nature.
Source: Faye Pearson