I have written about pesticides and the detrimental effect on humans for over 20 years.

We are all at risk for DEMENTIA; CANCER; OBESITY; INFERTILITY if we don’t start farming mindfully.

I have been shunned and laughed at by co-workers; family and friends but ……

I knew it would take a few years but someone with more influence then me would have to do an article – and perhaps people would sit up and pay attention!

Than you MSN

This is a copy of an MSN article

What’s Poisoning the Men of Martinique!

From the outside, the French Caribbean island of Martinique looks like a paradise: turquoise waters beneath colorful wooden homes that climb up lush green slopes of banana leaves. Life seems pretty laid-back — no one expects Martinique to lead the world in any rankings. But this Caribbean island does lead the world in one dark, tragic metric: prostate cancer rates. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, in Martinique:

For every 100,000 men, 227 have prostate cancer.

That number is almost twice the rate of the second country on the list: Norway (129). The United States, by comparison, comes in at No. 14, with 98 incidents per 100,000. And Martinique’s is an outlier result that looks even more eyebrow-raising when you run comparisons to figure out why.

Maybe it’s the geography? Maybe something about this little pocket of the Caribbean causes the cancer rates to spike? If so, the neighboring islands of Dominica, or even Puerto Rico, should also show those rates. They don’t. While Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados are also in the top five, Martinique’s rates are still double. Maybe it’s the genetics? The island is a French colony, but if French genetics are the problem, then the French should have just as high rates. They don’t. Though their rates are the third-highest on the list, they are still half that of Martinique’s. And as a 2009 paper from theInternational Journal of Oncology found, “the growth curves of incidence rates” for Martinique and metropolitan France have been “significantly diverging since 1983.”

But some doctors have come up with a damning diagnosis: those green slopes of banana leaves. Turns out, they’re a little too green. The high cancer rate in Martinique is being linked to pesticides, primarily used in banana plantations to combat weevils. According to the 2009 paper, researchers found that the islanders’ connective tissue was being contaminated by “extremely high levels” of a nasty cocktail of “DDT, DDE, alpha, beta and gamma HCH, aldrin and dieldrin.” The paper concludes that environmental factors such as the “intensive and prolonged exposure to carcinogenic, mutagenic and reproductive toxin pesticides” may be the culprit.

One of the lead authors of that paper, Dr. Dominique Belpomme, professor in clinical oncology at the Paris University René Descartes, was asked in 2007 by politicians in Martinique to give advice on the health effects of chlordecone pollution — also called kepone, a colorless pesticide related to DDT. It is so toxic that in 2011, it was banned globally by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. “But today, unfortunately, chlordecone was replaced by the use of other toxic pesticides,” he tells OZY, “so there is no end to pollution.” Now, concerned citizens of Martinique believe the chemicals have poisoned their entire food chain, plus their rivers and coasts.

For its part, the government of Martinique, which declined to comment to OZY, has launched an investigation into the issue, through the country’s public-health prosecutors. Indeed, the rate has drawn some attention, with locals protesting and mainland France contributing aid to research and monitoring. But the results of these changes may not be evident for years. And that’s got not just the young men of Martinique worried. As Dr. Belpomme points out, the pesticides might also be linked to “women with breast cancer and children with congenital malformations.”

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“There are 70 pesticides that are listed as known or probable carcinogens, based on animal testing. Of those 70, 44 are in use today, and 23 are used on our food.” ~ Gina Solomon, specialist in internal medicine [2001]

What if Domininica was an organic island? – Organic Markets are growing

Markets for organic produce and products are growing; according to an IFOAM document presented at  the Ecological Farm Conference in January 2008 called Global Statistics of the Organic Market; global sales of organic food and drink have increased by 42% between 2002 and 2005 and experts are predicting organic markets to grow even faster in the next few years.

 

Just having returned from working in the health food industry in Canada; I saw with my own eyes that the growth of organic products has been tremendous in the last 10 years.

When volunteering at the Toronto Vegetarian Fair; one of the largest Vegetarian Fairs in North America I walked around the food distributors booths. When I told them where I was from many asked me what organic products we had as an island; especially asking for chocolate.

(full article) 

 

Organic Links

 

 

French bees find a haven in pesticide free Paris.

 

 

 Natural Expo Japan Besides the host country Japan, there was a particularly strong presence of exhibitors from Germany, Austria, Australia, Mexico and Thailand this year. Newcomers in 2008 were Costa Rica, Madagascar and New Zealand.

 

 Sales of organic products are still increasing in Italy. 

 

 Conferences

 

International Conference Sustainable Animal Production in the Humid TropicsGuadeloupe; 7-13 March 2009.   The Flyer

 

 The 29th Annual Ecological Farming Conference: January 21 – 24, 2009 at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, on the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

DIRECTORY OF NATURAL LIVING IN DOMINICA
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ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

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 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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Wise Woman Moon Bathing Rainforest Shangri-La Resort; Wotten Waven; Saturday 10th January 2009; 5 pm til we sigh. Women Only Event; EC $40 

 The 2nd World Congress of AgroforestryNairobi, Kenya; 20-29 August 2009. Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use.