Corporate Threats to Your Food Supply
Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Chopra, an insider who was hired by
the drug companies and worked with vaccine development in Europe.
He has also worked for the Canadian government, in the equivalent
of the FDA. He was a senior scientific advisor for what is now Health
Canada for 20 years, working primarily in vaccines and antibiotics.
Dr. Chopra is a very knowledgeable and passionate about the
issues threatening the food supply, and his sentiments echo my
own very closely.
As Small Farms Disappear, the Food System is Crumbling
Most farming today is nothing like the small farming
of our ancestors. Food production on a massive, corporate level
has taken over the natural farming practices that thrived for
hundreds of years. As Dr. Chopra said:
Look at our food supply in Canada and the United States
since they were established 200-300 years ago until they started
to turn into this intensive industrial farming.
Until then, they were the happiest lands anywhere on earth
because food was pristine, pure and it was doing well -- and
there was a lot of land and water. Everything was good.
And then came the mechanization -- the chemicalization --
and now its come to the elimination of the family farm.
How has it happened? This last thing that Im talking about:
we now no longer have family farms left, very few and very far
Those of you who are new to the natural health scene may find
it surprising that the modern food system is in danger of collapsing.
The food system began its dramatic decline the second the world
turned away from the farming practices of our ancestors, and began
to attempt to outdo nature with technology.
Now, producing food on a massive scale at the lowest price possible
has taken precedence over obeying the laws of nature. The system
is pushing natural systems and organisms to their limit, forcing
living creatures to function as machines.
Of course, whatever we may gain in industrial efficiency,
we sacrifice in biological resilience, Michael Pollan pointed
out in Our
Decrepit Food Factories.
Animals Pumped Full of Hormones and Fed Unnatural Diets
As you might suspect, food that is raised using unnatural processes
often leads to unnatural responses in those who eat it. Now we
are facing the reality of meat and dairy products laced with cancer-causing
hormones, super-bug-creating antibiotics and new manifestations
like mad cow disease.
Dr. Chopra expands:
It first started with chemical fertilizers, and then
pesticides, and then they moved on. From the pesticides, they
said, We can feed animals back to animals because only
half the animal is meat and then the rest of the animal has
to be wasted.
So they picked up slaughterhouse waste and they ground it
up. They picked up dogs and cats -- road kill as well -- and
ground it all up. They start to feed animals back to animals
that we people eat. All the animals that people ate were herbivores.
We didnt eat carnivore animals. We didnt eat birds
that prey on other birds.
So theyve been grinding all these up and they were feeding
it back to the animals until it turned into a big business.
It started in Germany and spread to the UK, and then theres
mad cow disease.
Next came hormones. Hormones are also used for industrial
farming for all animals to be impregnated on the same day. Then
came along the bovine growth hormone (BGH) to increase milk
production. That, unfortunately or fortunately, landed on my
desk in 1988, and I started to ask questions. I said, Whats
this? Why are you doing that? Have you done any studies?
Monsanto, of course, had not done any studies.
Meanwhile, they passed other hormones for beef production.
These hormones are sex hormones -- like a large birth control
pill -- that are implanted behind the ears of cattle and left
there for life. People eat that beef. Some of those hormones
are synthetic and have been proven to be complete carcinogens.
Further, raising animals in this way -- away from their natural
environments and diets -- actually increases their risk of passing
on a dangerous bug to you. For instance, most cows are fed grains,
when their natural diet is grass. Grain diets create a much higher
level of acidity in the animals stomach, which E. coli bacteria
need to survive.
Making Food Safer With the Five Pillars of Food Safety
Dr. Chopra has a very interesting point, and that is if you
remove the dangerous aspects of food production, it automatically
makes for a much safer food supply. In essence, if you return
to natural farming practices, there is no need for organic
regulations because all food would be safe and natural.
This is how it was in the past
all food was essentially
organic as a matter of course.
As Dr. Chopra explains, five of the most offending substances
in the food supply are antibiotics, hormones, GMOs, pesticides
and slaughterhouse waste. He says:
If we demand to take these five substances out of the
food system automatically, all food becomes natural. We dont
have to fight for it as organic; we dont have to label.
We dont have to do anything. I call them in my book, which
is called Corrupt
to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower, the
five pillars of food safety.
Three of those five are already banned in the European Union.
The fourth, GMOs, have not yet been approved. With the fifth,
Sweden has already banned some 80 pesticides. And so theyre
on their way to do that.
Why would Canada and the United States not do the same thing?
Because otherwise, by loading all safety standards for food
or even vaccines, we are going to import these things from China,
India, Mexico, Brazil and we will be responsible.
Now were lowering the standards because the companies
know that we dont have the labor to produce food, drugs
or anything here. Its all going to come from those developing
We have no standards -- like we know happened with melamine
from China -- and were trying to set a standard on how
much melamine can be safe. Thats ridiculous. Why should
melamine be there in the first place or anything which is abnormal
in the food system?
So we should be saying, These are our standards: our
food can be exported, bad food cannot be imported.
And the whole world will begin to clean itself. Water, climate:
its all food-dependent. If we clean up the food system,
automatically everything cleans up.
Imagine, if the food and water are cleaned up, health improves!
Tips for Safer Food, Now
The real solution to creating healthier, safer foods lies most
certainly in returning farming to a small-scale basis.
This is going to take some time on the grand scale, but you
can start right now by making it a point to only buy food from
a source you know and trust. This will do your health a major
favor and support the small family farms in your area.
Youll receive nutritious food from a source that you can
trust, and youll be supporting the honest work of a real
family farm instead of an agri-business corporation.
While I realize that not everyone has access to small farmers,
food from local sources is increasing in popularity and is becoming
much easier to come by. For an excellent list of sustainable agricultural
groups in your area, please see Promoting
Sustainable Agriculture -- this page is filled with resources
for high-quality produce, meats and other foods in your area.
January 22, 2010