We must learn and strive to co-exist with nature, as we are largely dependent on it for food, shelter, clothing and other necessities of life. By understanding the nature we can obtain better results from our agriculture, dairy products and livestock.
Agriculture is largely affected by the use of artificial fertilizers and chemicals which is used to increase the production per yield; as a result it has greatly damaged our health causing many unknown diseases.
There’s a strong relationship between diet and disease; to live a healthy and disease-free life, the body needs organic food, organic food means food without the assistance of man-made chemicals: the products produced without the use of –
- Synthetic fertilizers
- Growth hormones
To increase the agricultural products, the world has largely inclined towards the use of chemicals which is adversely affecting our health.
Chemicals like xenoestrogens which imbalance the body’s hormones by increasing the level of estrogen are found in pesticides, fertilizers, and other sprays used in conventional agriculture. Estrogen is an important sex steroid present in both male and female. These chemicals are also known as hormone or endocrine disruptors which imbalance the reproductive system, leading to infertility or fertility problems. Xenoestrogen is also a risk to fetal and child development. Babies are now being born with higher estrogen levels than required.
Pesticides are also believed to lower the human immune system, reducing the level of white blood cells and lymphocytes. Chemical residues can sometimes be detected under the skin of fruits or vegetables even after washing it.
Certain pesticides are known neurotoxins, which are harmful to the developing brain and nervous system that is why they may be particularly harmful to children.
Unfortunately, to make the livestock industry more profitable, animals are injected hormones to increase their productivity. Growth hormones are detected in meat and milk, even being regularly monitored by the developed countries.
The U.S. and Canada use six anabolic steroids on beef cattle. Three natural steroids are used which are estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone. The other three are synthetic estrogen compounds. These hormones are used in different combinations.
Growth hormones make animals grow bigger and faster. It has largely changed our eating habits by the increase in productivity.
Despite the rejection from scientists, farmers, and consumers, many countries allow dairy cows to be injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), also known as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). These artificial injections of hormones increase cow’s milk production by 10 to 15 percent.
Since the abnormally high rate of milk production induced by rBGH strains cows’ immune systems, the animals are more susceptible to sickness– this leads producers to give larger doses of antibiotics and other drugs, which increases the risk that trace residues of these drugs in cows’ milk.
Antibiotic residue in animal produce is also causing humans to become resistant to some of our important antibiotics. More and more cases are reported every year of people suffering from antibiotic resistance.
Denmark banned the use of antibiotics in animal feed and started its implementation in 1995; as a result the amount of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the animals has largely dropped since then.
Studies suggest that food containing growth hormones is affecting our new generation with the risk of infertility.
Broiler chickens are the product of an intensive, industrialized farming system. This is the meat-producing method akin to the battery hen system for producing eggs. In fact, all poultry fed on contaminated meal is a hazard to public health.
Many of the ingredients used in feed these days are not the natural.
If a chicken is fed beef or a beef byproduct, that beef could conceivably contain hormones – this is one way hormones are thought to be getting into the poultry supply. Feed contains cattle manure waste of dead animals (blood, bones and meat) at some places which is cancerous. This waste may contain drugs such as antibiotics and hormones that have passed unchanged through the animals’ bodies.
The use of growth hormones in food animals and poultry fed on contaminated meal poses a potential risk to consumers’ health. The scientists reported that hormone residues found in meat from these animals can disrupt the consumer’s hormone balance, cause developmental problems, interfere with the reproductive system, and even lead to the development of cancer.
Children and pregnant women are most susceptible to these negative health effects.
Hormone residues in beef are also thought to cause the early onset of puberty in girls. This puts girls at greater risk of developing breast cancer and other forms of cancer.
Obesity, infertility and gynecological problems (diseases related to hormones) e.g. Endometriosis and PCOS are the growing causes due to such unhealthy and poisonous food. Several cancers such as ovarian cancer and Prostate Cancer have been linked to the consumption of such dairy products and continuous broiler chicken.
The hormones and endocrine disruptors found in commercially raised beef, chicken, eggs and dairy have been implicated in endometriosis, a disease whose cause is still unknown. Further, fertility levels have decreased for the last 60 years which is due to our inorganic and unnatural diets.
The Govt should contribute positively by maintaining the quality and standard of food which will give better health to our next generation. Moreover, Govt should take steps to improve the infrastructure of dairy and meat production units; a separate ministry should establish a separate livestock and poultry; a surprise check of the milk, eggs, meat or poultry in the market should be taken by this ministry.
- Select certified organic meat, chicken, eggs, and dairy and those clearly labeled as using only vegetarian animal feed.
- Avoid factory farmed animal products.
- Choose wild fish instead of contaminated chicken and beef, natural food instead of artificial food (brown rice instead of white rice, raw sugar instead of artificial sugar, fresh food instead of tin food etc.
Moreover, cutting out artificial, contaminated and processed foods could lead you to experience a variety of personal health benefits such as having more energy, losing weight, improving regularity or just feeling healthier overall.
So you must decide whether or not this is important to you. The choice is yours.
Live closer to nature and its eternal laws will protect you.