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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When I visited Canada a year ago I was amazed at the number of ‘solar farms’ that have been established over the last 10 years – I am so glad we are travelling that route too!

The Kalinago Territory will soon be home to a US $400,000 solar-based energy system guided and supported by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and funded by the European Union.

The 125 kilowatt solar farm will also provide electricity to seven public facilities: two health centers, the Kalinago Barana Auté, two resource centers, the Council office and the library besides around 150 homes..

The output is projected to exceed the needs of the area so DOMLEC could purchase extra electricity generated – that is what Canada does – purchases extra energy produced by micro energy producing projects.

My favourite part of this project is the local community will be part of the installation process.

According to Minister responsible for Kalinago Affairs, Casius Darroux: “Fifteen young persons will receive training from this project. Five certified electricians from the Kalinago Territory will be working with the engineer for the installation. After the engineer leaves we will still have people on the ground who will man the project in terms of maintenance,”.

A renewable energy project training local people in the newest technologies – well spent funding in my humble opinion.

http://www.dominicavibes.dm/news-184106/

http://www.news.gov.dm/index.php/news/2810-solar-energy-for-the-kalinago-territory

http://caribbeanclimateblog.com/2015/10/16/solar-energy-for-the-kalinago-territory/

“The best disease and insect control is to grow crops in a healthy environment.” ~ Masanobu Fukuoka; The One Straw Revolution; A Way of Farming and A Way of Life

 

ORGANIC FARMING

What if Dominica was an Organic Island? – Our ecosystems would be preserved. 

Organic farming practices result in a benefit to the environment by reducing pollution and conserving energy, water and soil. Research comparing organic and conventional farming systems shows organic farming comes out ahead on every environmental measure……

 

Organic agriculture respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem therefore: soil is nourished; beneficial wildlife is encouraged; wetlands and other natural areas are retained.

 

Farming land organically increases the quality and depth of the soil; ensuring the sustainability of farming for generations to come. Synthetic fertilizers may create rapid growth, but they don’t replenish the soil nearly as much as organic fertilizers do

 

Studies show the decline of reptiles; amphibians; bees and birds can be directly linked to agricultural chemicals. Where will our farmers be with out bees to fertilize our plants; birds to distribute seed; reptiles to maintain eco systems in balance?

 

(full article)

 Organic Farming Links

Adverse health effects caused by pesticides; Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Roundup kills human cells; Environmental Health News

Pesticides: Health effects in drinking water; Cornell University

ORGANIC GARDENS

Organic Gardens are one of the unique healing aspects of this island. Different areas grow different things so each garden is special in it’s own way.
 

Featured listing:

Papillote Wilderness Retreat Gardens  – I love to visit Papillote; one of the first retreat centers to develop the healing spa qualities of their property.  These exotic and organic gardens are so intensely beautiful that I can take hours to tour a relatively small area. I love to stop and meditate on the blooms or the subtle scent of the leaves or flowers and breathe deeply of the super oxygenated air. I practice yoga on a circular platform with the rainforest canopy as the roof overhead; the sounds of water as the music in my ears. I bathe in the cool waters of the river; I let the waterfall massage my back; I soak in sensouously hot pools –  dipping into all 4 pools if I can. A healthy meal at the restaurant is always an option – I get the vegetarian plate. It includes beans, ground provisions and fresh vegetables of the season. …..Life is nice Living Natural in Dominica!

 Non Profit Organizations:

DOAM: Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement. This organization is always moving forward. Soon they will have their own office in Roseau. If you believe in organic agriculture – JOIN DOAM!