I recently got more active on Twitter and have been privy to many more resources that I simply don’t have the time or wherewithal to go hunt for myself. Today the Organic Trade Association tweeted an article by Green Change about pesticides being harmful to the male reproductive system. The gist of it is that 30 out of 37 chemicals tested mimicked male hormones; 16 of those 30 flew under the radar until just now. Not to overshadow the article with my rant, I hope you take the time to read it.
If you read enough of the articles available on this topic you will begin to piece together the ignored harm that I believe results from two things: 1) our willingness to eat what is sold to us, and 2) Big Business and Government not making efforts to learn that which could prove detrimental to their own profits in the interest of public safety.
I have a theory. I think that against all odds and obstacles we will MAKE time for that which is important to us. We will also make a way to AFFORD that which is important to us. My theory does not apply only to our households, although I firmly believe that is where our public and even corporate values originate. It applies to our businesses and our government.
Cases in point: our legislatures claim education to be a priority. Yet budget cuts often affect our educational systems first. This tells me loud and clear that education is NOT a priority, regardless of how much mouthing off they do to the contrary. I believe wholeheartedly that our budget reflects our values, both at home and at the office. Consider a private church-based school whose athletic budget is twelve times greater than the religious education budget. Consider a corporation that wants to be viewed as “green” but doesn’t want to pay for necessary recycling services. Tell me what the priorities really are.
I could go on and on. But I think you see my point.
Corporations and government do not want to invest in chemical testing and research for two reasons: 1) they will learn negatives that they really don’t want to know, much less want to share with the public; and 2) the knowledge of the dangers posed will reduce their profits – somehow, somewhere – and we all know money is more important to our world, our leaders, and our national structure than our health. This is the evidence I see every time I learn about a new danger in our foods. Not enough tests. Not enough money to run the tests. Not enough time to worry about it. And certainly not enough “compelling evidence” to warrant the tests in the first place. If you ask me, it all boils down to not enough concern for the safety of our kids.
I do so truly wish someone would prove me wrong.
I’m not perfect by any stretch of the vivid imagination. But I am cautious. When Aaron was born, I installed his carseat myself. I read all the directions and safety reviews, and I spent forty-five minutes buckling and tightening and pushing and pulling. Then I drove my car to my father, and asked him to push and pull and tighten some more. Was that good enough for MY newborn? Heck no. I drove to a state police checkpoint and asked the officer to inspect my work and let me know if, where and how I needed to improve my installation. Only then did I put my child in the carseat.
I do not think it’s too much to ask the people creating our foods to be as cautious.