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sickchildren

Douglas, GA

#1 Sep 22, 2012
Do you care about what you are doing to the environment and the future of our species? Please take time to read this article and consider what you are doing by growing crops that require so many chemicals. We cannot eat the fish from the rivers and ponds from around here anymore because of all the toxic chemicals. I grew up fishing and hunting the land here and I cannot let my children do the same. This is a tragedy, and its quite alarming especially seeing how many farms spray and use toxic chemicals. I wonder do any of you care at all or dose the almighty dollar dictate to you, like some kind of evil religion? I have lost faith in peoples ability to do what is right, and instead it seems that no mater the out come even if people get sick and die, the money makes your mind. Anyway why dont you read this article and then let us know how you really feel. This is important, are you even aware of what you are doing to us all??? Please respond.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-pilatic...

backyardgardener

Douglas, GA

#2 Sep 22, 2012
Those pesticides are really dangerous, The first time I grew a garden I used 7 dust. I didnt really read about pests in a garden I just used the poison. Now after reading about how if you put poisons on plants while they are in flower you will kill all your bees. Also liquid pesticides are absorbed into the produce making washing them clean impossible. I quit using powders or sprays 7 years ago, and I will admit that I lose more stuff to pests, but I have the piece of mind knowing that my kids will not be being exposed through the food I grow. Growing organic is not easy, I believe that is why the chemicals are so popular. They are easy to apply and you can basically spray and forget about it. I have been and will continue to buy as much organic food as possible and I have vowed to only grow organically. I encourage all of you to do the same if you can. And dont be fooled by the claim that organic food is no more nutritious than chemically grown crops. Organic means that it was produced w/o chemical pest control. Meaning that there is no chemicals in your food.
GMOCANCER

Douglas, GA

#3 Sep 22, 2012
I saw an article about GMO giving rats cancer and tumors. But monsanto pays for almost all scientific research in GMOs and anytime anything negative comes out about them they bury it in their "scientific evidence" to sing you back to sleep.
Educator

Atlanta, GA

#4 Sep 22, 2012
We can go back to farming without chemicals. We can also go back to using mules and manual labor.The only problem is, who decides which 50 million Americans do we starve to death? Each farmer now feeds over 100 people, many of them overseas. Without pesticides, we cannot feed the U.S. population. Our food supply is the safest, healthiest of any nation in the world. When was the last time you CHOSE the diseased or wormy apple in the grocery store?

Please give me a credible source that shows your position. The primary source of pollution in our fish is mercury, an industrial pollutant that has nothing to do with farming.

Do I wish we could row our food without pesticides, of course. I also know that they are necessary if our people are not to starve.
one eyed jack

Meansville, GA

#5 Sep 22, 2012
We're eating poison when it comes to farm animals. They're triple dosed, they're given shots to prevent disease, then their pumped up with growth hormones, hormones to produce more milk, hormones to grow them "big chickens" and increase egg laying. All the while they're fed grain loaded with pesticides/insecticides. Sounds really, really healthy, right Mr. Farmer Man. Give me an acre or two of land and as long as God blesses me with an equal amt of sunshine and rain or deep well water, I'd take my damn chances.
carrot juice

Fitzgerald, GA

#6 Sep 22, 2012
Old news. I cringe every time I see a kid eat a hotdog, hamburger or chicken. Carcinogens are everywhere. I hear of one or two new cases of cancer every month in people I know. I am so glad I don't have children. There is now way I would let them eat anything but certified organic. And even then I would be skeptical.
cracker

Perry, GA

#7 Sep 22, 2012
Well sounds like all you freaked out people should just stop eating right now. I wouldn't try another bite, it's too dangerous. Get back to us in a couple months and tell how that works for ya..........
carrot juice

Fitzgerald, GA

#8 Sep 22, 2012
This is not fault of farmers. Going organic is VERY expensive. There is little demand for organic food in this area of the country. A large-scale farmer going organic cannot compete with farmers using carcinogens. Do a search on "produce dirty dozen.". I would avoid the top carcinogen containing fruits and vegetables. I would eat only organic meat, especially young children. Also look at your milk. You may be better off giving your kids high-calcium organic veggies instead.
educator

Atlanta, GA

#9 Sep 22, 2012
All this talk of farmers overusing chemicals kills me, you folks ought to be on Letterman.

Farmers are in business to make money, pesticides are tremendously expensive, why would they use more than absolutely necessary?

Actually, the vast majority of pesticide pollution comes from runoff from lawns.
carrot juice

Fitzgerald, GA

#10 Sep 22, 2012
I haven't said they overuse chemicals. Even small amounts of some chemicals used are hazardous. The best thing for concerned consumers to do is eat organically grown whenever possible. Also look for labels with no genetically modified ingredients. If you don't care, you don't care.
SusieQ

Fitzgerald, GA

#11 Sep 22, 2012
Educator wrote:
We can go back to farming without chemicals. We can also go back to using mules and manual labor.The only problem is, who decides which 50 million Americans do we starve to death? Each farmer now feeds over 100 people, many of them overseas. Without pesticides, we cannot feed the U.S. population. Our food supply is the safest, healthiest of any nation in the world. When was the last time you CHOSE the diseased or wormy apple in the grocery store?
Please give me a credible source that shows your position. The primary source of pollution in our fish is mercury, an industrial pollutant that has nothing to do with farming.
Do I wish we could row our food without pesticides, of course. I also know that they are necessary if our people are not to starve.
you can't go back!! Just this week I was made aware of the fact that roundup is in the actual corn you plant. So many were Tired of the spray killing the plants,they engineered the corn kernel with the roundup in it. Also saw where the rice has the most arsenic in it.
nofoodfarmer

Douglas, GA

#12 Sep 22, 2012
hardly any farmers around here grow food. Most of what you see growing is cotton, and tobacco. When you do grow peanuts you grow them in the soil that is saturated with round up from the cotton you just grew in the same field. You are either not reading the labels of your chemicals, "ie willfully ignorant." or you dont care. I fish all over coffee county and have been doing the same fishing for over 30 years. The fish around here has collapsed, drought has been terrible on all the lil creaks and streams that you ust to be able to fish in, but in the places where there has been little effect from drought like out on waycross highway near the river there are places to fish that are fed by large ponds surrounded by cotton fields. If you catch fish from out of those creaks, they look weird. No way in hell would I eat one, they are malformed with disproportion growth. Their scale patterns look messed up and out of order. Makes me wonder what effect all this crap is going to have on my children. I am just concerned, some of you "educator" seem to take this personally like we are some how jealous of the farmers money. Ultimately the farmers hold the power, they have influence. And they have a responsibility not only to make "food" and money but to be good stewards of the property they "own" for now. The earth where we live is all interconnected, GMOs and toxic chemicals that persist and bioaccumulate will not only affect us now, but last for generations. Some even do Chromosomal damage, do you know what that means? I have a few farmers in my family, so I know what it is to be a farmer I have much respect and adoration for farmers, I just feel you have been hoodwinked by chemical companies mainly monsanto. If you love your farms and your grand kids at least think about this.
carrot juice

Fitzgerald, GA

#13 Sep 22, 2012
Read the book by Annie Leonard, "The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health - and a Vision for Change." it will blow your mind to learn just how many chemicals and resources are used to make everyday items like a cotton t-shirt. Leonard tracks the origins of items we use everyday such as computers and aluminum cans. I am not a tree hugger but I do try to get the most wear out of clothes. I also try to eat organic whenever my wallet will let me. The author also has a video "The Story of Stuff."
one eyed jack

Meansville, GA

#14 Sep 22, 2012
cracker wrote:
Well sounds like all you freaked out people should just stop eating right now. I wouldn't try another bite, it's too dangerous. Get back to us in a couple months and tell how that works for ya..........
there's always one smartass cracker who has a quick fix answer -- as cancer rates QUADRUPLE in the next 5-7 years, which means your family/friends will MOST likely be effected. For every person you now know battling cancer, multiply that x4. I do not wish it on you or anyone, but it is predicted to happen. My husband was treated at one of the best cancer hospitals in the world, we were surrounded by doctors who've dedicated their lives studying cancer statistics. So if I were you I'd sound less cocky as you take your friggin chances. Cause the odds may just be against you.
Gun Runner

Harrison, OH

#15 Sep 22, 2012
We had some watermelons this year near 'bout the size of the propane tank. When we turn the hogs loose in one field they were scared of those melons. That used to be a cotton field.

I bet the DDT is still there.
one eyed jack

Meansville, GA

#16 Sep 22, 2012
Gunrunner, sometimes you think you're funnier than you really are. May you and yours never be forced to watch a beloved child, husband, wife or any loved one battle a disease who knows no boundaries. Cancer is NEVER funny at anyone's expense.

“Southern Conservative”

Since: Jun 12

Douglas, Ga

#17 Sep 22, 2012
Yep wide spread panic and pure gossip at its best. I, myself, have got cotton that is going to fall off. My plan hire me that areo-plane to come to these wet boggy fields and spray defoliants. Maybe will get dry enough that I can go to combining what is left on the stalk. Ain't no ddt it the fields that cotton dust has been banned for decades.
I believe if I was really worried about my food, I would go to the desert. Here in Ga we have the luxury of a high humidity along with high tempatures which is the basis for alfa toxins. One of the deadliest carcinogens known. Guess what it is naturally occuring, organic or not.(Spelling may be off)
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Fmonsanto

Douglas, GA

#19 Sep 23, 2012
We wont stop talking about poisons in our food supply so easily monsanto.
Fat Farmer

Bronwood, GA

#20 Sep 23, 2012
The Huffington Post is a liberal rag do not read it if the truth matters to you. I have applied pesticides my entire life getting a much stronger dose than 99.9 % of the population and eat whatever I want. 60 yoa and have not seen a doctor in over ten years. You liberals need to go back to worrying about gay rights and taxing the shit out of the working man and not your mythical silent spring.

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