“How could intelligent beings seek to control a few unwanted species by a method that contaminated the entire environment and brought the threat of disease and death even to their own kind ” ~ A Silent Spring; Rachel Carson 1962

“Pesticides are substances or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals are pesticides. Pesticides are categorized into four main substituent chemicals: herbicides; fungicides; insecticides and bactericides.” – Wikipedia

On the left an organic farm whose main crop is citrus. This farm is shipping to other islands where the demand for organic produce is steadily growing. On the right a citrus farm using pesticides to kill everything at ground level. Considering that those who eat organic have much lower levels of chemical toxins in their body which do you want to eat?

From the first time I saw the results of gramaxone I was blown away that people were applying something that killed the foliage of plants almost immediately to the very soil they grew their food in. Even more shocking they were applying it around the food they were growing and soon eating.

I started researching this chemical – a chemical local people were told was “safe” – I talked to one farmer who remembered representatives of the agricultural companies coming out to the farmers fields in lab coats to tell them how “safe” it was.  A friend of mine remembers a UNESCO calendar advertising how easy life would be with gramoxone.

In Canada and around the world the same information was being disseminated about other pesticides and the results have been disastorous.

In the past only a few spoke out against this deluge of basically unproven chemicals being poured on our soil; those who did were soon silenced.

It was the 1990’s when I realized that a chemical pesticide known as agent orange caused a lot of sickness in Vietnam Vets – I began to feel it was my duty to inform. I realized that the chemicals in the lethal blend used in the Vietnam War were used on the food we eat too.

AFTER YEARS OF DENYING ANY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AGRICULTURAL CHEMICALS AND DISEASE IN HUMANS; unrefutable evidence is showing that there is undeniable proof that agricultural chemicals do cause disease. Study after study is showing the links. Class action suits are gathering all over the world. If you or I caused this many people to get sick or die we would be jailed for life!

Some of our agricultural chemicals are neuro toxins first used in the second world war.

Farmers here are still using these dangerous chemicals many of them as in the case of gramoxone are illegal in other parts of the world.

Where ever I travel I find that farmers often say “Oh I don’t use those chemicals for the food I eat; just the food I sell!”

One way to encourage local farmers to grow organic is to request it; pay a little more for quality organic food and the farmers will address the need.

Nobody can deny the connections to disease now:

Canada

Pesticide exposure linked to lower birth weights and earlier birth Lower birth weights and premature births are linked to respiratory problems and problems with learning and behaviour.

Canadian Hydro Sprayed Agent Orange to Clear Corridors “The Toronto Star interviewed former Hydro employees, including summer students and senior managers, who were assured the chemicals were harmless. The illnesses they’ve been dealing with the past few decades tell a different story.”

Agent Orange Soaked Ontario Teens – Forestry use of Agent Orange

The Agent Orange Association of Canada – this small group got an immediate compensation package of $20,000 CDN because agent orange (gramoxone) was sprayed in this army base.

UK

Inquiry into sheep dip ‘sickness’.  Hundreds of Scottish farmers allege that organophosphate dips have caused serious physical and psychological damage.

Denmark

Pesticides and Non Hodgkins Lymphoma

United States

Rotenone and Paraquat Linked to Parkinson’s Disease. Participants with Parkinsons Disease were 2.5 times more likely than controls to have reported  use of rotenone or paraquat (gramoxone).

Birth Defects from agricultural chemicals. The coalition testified pregnant women and developing fetuses are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides, which can cause spontaneous abortion, growth retardation, structural birth defects, or functional deficits.

The Veterans Association – Veterans exposed to Herbicides Vietnam Veterans who contract any of the diseases listed on this page are able to get financial assistance.

The national birth defects registry shows the effects of agent orange on the next generation!

Study Links Pesticides to Parkinson’s Studies all over the world link pesticides to Parkinson’s; I just heard of a person in their mid 20’s with the start of this disease.

Elevated serum levels of pesticides linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Atrazine in well waters in agricultural areas Concentrations as low as 0.1 ppb have been shown to alter the development of sex characteristics in male frogs.

France

France’s highest court has ruled that US agrochemical giant Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of its best-selling weed-killer, Roundup.

Argentina

Monsanto is being brought to court by dozens of Argentinean tobacco farmers who say that the biotech giant knowingly poisoned them with herbicides and pesticides and subsequently caused ”devastating birth defects” in their children.

Nicaraugua

Amvac Chemical of Newport Beach will pay 13 Nicaraguan workers exposed to DBCP on banana plantations nearly 30 years ago.

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 “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~ Luciano Pavarotti

 

Coconut Water

By Trudy Scott Prevost

 

Recently having returned from working in the health food industry in Toronto a vibrant new product selling like hot cakes was coconut water. As I informed customers of the value of this unique Caribbean drink I was again amazed at how lucky we were to be able to consume this drink fresh from the nut!

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“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.” ~ Mark Kurlansky, ‘Choice Cuts’ (2002) 

Avocados – Super Food, Super Nutrition 
Avocado season in Dominica starts about June. There are many different kinds of avocado available here; each with its own unique texture and flavor. There is a misconception that avocados are fattening and contain unhealthy oils and cholesterol when actually avocados are super foods.  

Nutrient dense per calorie – packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals such as Vitamins A K and ; high in healthy, monounsaturated fat; a good source of omega 3’s; high in both soluble and insoluble forms of fibre;  a plant based complete protein containing all the amino acids essential for humans.

Nutrient boosters – enabling the body to better absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene as well as lutein…….

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We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.  ~ Mother Teresa

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Solar Dryers

Solar Dryers are an interesting concept for Dominica. Whether for a small family garden or small farm it could be a low cost; off the grid way to preserve fruits; seeds and vegetables. With all the micro climates we have in Dominica; I am sure different areas of the island would need different designs. Write and tell us your experience with solar driers.

Check out the links below.

Best Ever Solar Food Dehydrator Plans

InDirect Through-Pass Solar Food Dryer

 Food Drying

 Make a Solar Dryer

 Barrel Stove Dehydrator

 DIY Solar Food Dryer

 Solar Dryer Instructions

 Food Drying Methods

Constructing a Village Solar Dryer

Breadfruit Hybrid Dryer

 

p50502462“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.” ~ Mark Kurlansky, ‘Choice Cuts’ (2002) 

 

 
Mango – Super Food, Super Nutrition 
 
 

 

Mango season is on! Juicy, flavourful mangos are a cultural phenomena in Dominica; people of all ages; all walks of life; gather under these beautiful trees looking for the perfect mango. They knock down these mangos by throwing something at the stem that holds the mango. Then they calmly reach out one hand to catch it! Amazing! I have flung many a stone or old mango working to perfect my skills and get that perfect mango – ripe but firm; aromatic; without a bruise or mark. Success is rare but I never give up as I enjoy those mangos a lot more than the ones I get at market!

 Mango (Magnifera indica), known locally as mangue is native to East Asia and now grown in nearly all tropical areas of the world. Locally it is related to the Cashew, Hog Plum and Golden Apple.

  The ripe mango, half ripe mango, unripe mango, unripe small mango (about torch bulb size), mango kernel or seed, the skin, the sap, the leaves, the wood and the bark are used.

 The ripe mango fruit is a nutritional powerhouse; ………….

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 The human body is a complex organism with the ability in most cases to heal itself – if only you listen to it and respond with proper nourishment and care.” ~ Introduction, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James and Phyllis Balch.

 

 Breadfruit – Super Food, Super Nutrition              

Recently we had roasted breadfruit at Ross Campus and the students really loved it. One student took it home and told me she was enjoying it days later!

 

I first tasted breadfruit while traveling through the Caribbean studying vegetarian cooking in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Each island I visited had a wide range of recipes for utilizing the breadfruit; my favorite was the roasted breadfruit; but close behind was a delicious vegetarian calallu (spinach) ital with coconut gravy and breadfruit pieces. It was so common on all the islands; I found it hard to believe when I discovered it was not indigenous to the Caribbean area.

 

Rather this incredible tree originated in the South Pacific, and is thought to have been introduced to the West Indies in the 1700’s.

 

Breadfruit and the other provisions traditionally eaten throughout the Caribbean; are the most healthy, ecological way to get the complex carbohydrates we need; equivalent to the whole grains of Europe and North America.

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 “The human body is a complex organism with the ability in most cases to heal itself – if only you listen to it and respond with proper nourishment and care.” ~ Introduction; Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James and Phyllis Balch.

 

Cacao – Super Food, Super Nutrition  

by Trudy Scott Prevost

 

Cacao (Theobroma cacao). The botanical name for chocolate means “Food of the Gods” and after studying the nutritional and health benefits I can see modern research has supported this concept that chocolate is a super food.

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Cacao Links


Organic Chocolate Producer and Chocolatier; St. Lucia

 Grenada Chocolate Company