How to thrive in an increasingly poisoned world

Organophosophate chemicals used in the industrial agriculture system is causing toxic buildup in our tissue. Without proper elimination, or detox, levels build and cause a host of problems.

Art by Alisa Samoylova
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The latest horror is the Trump administrations’ decision allowing Dow Chemical to continue use of Chlorpyrifos, despite the EPA’s findings of having ‘no safe application’ for the substance, and being banned 17 years ago from residential use. 

How can those upper class ‘decision makers’ simply sign away the health and wellbeing of millions of people? For money?! Well, studies suggest more priveledge = less empathy. 

It is an outrage, and for a few minutes I allow myself to feel the disgust and rage that boils up. 

Then I breathe. Let it go. 

So what can I do to lessen my family’s exposure?

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” 

― Bill Mollison

It becomes increasingly clear to me that the only way to dramatically reduce exposure is to move toward a local, seasonal diet. It is too easy these days to go to the supermarket and buy foods from around the globe. Even buying organic at a conventional market is sourced from out of the country. And there is the issue of large companies clearcutting places like the Amazon jungle to make space for organic crops, because of demand. 

So simply ‘eating organic’ will not do. Not to mention it is expensive, especially for families. 

Grow food, not lawns.

My advice? 

1) Get to know your local farmers. Many offer CSA (community supported agriculture)  boxes for the season, which can include all kinds of local products to suit your diet choices. 

2) Check out food co-ops. This model of business bolsters the local economy and instead of just being a consumer, you become a member with an actual say in how things go down. 

3) Grow your own! I live in a townhouse in the suburbs but networked an unused sunny lawn through Landshare.com and set up a garden. Oh, the satisfaction of eating something you know is clean! Plus there are beneficial microbes in the soil that make you happy! Food and therapy. 

4) If you must go to the store, stick to the outside aisles and use your best judgement to source local products. Read ingredients. Choose organic when feasible. 
It is not an easy foodscape to navigate, so find a community of support. 

There is strength in numbers. We are the trend. 

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