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Agro-chemicals : Cancer, DNA damage, cell damage

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5 Chemicals in your food cause cancer, DNA damage, cell damage
Thank moronic farming!
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At present, India is the largest producer of pesticides in Asia. The Indian Pesticide Industry with 82000+ MT of production. $3.8 billion in the year 2011 that produces even those pesticides which are banned in the developed countries. 12th for the usage of pesticides!

Only 2% to 3% pesticides used is utilized for the purpose it is designed, the rest persists in soil and water causing environmental pollution leading to toxicity.

Theorists, established science (academia) fanatics, armchair intellectuals – Do they even realize the havoc created by this?

No. Idiots are busy in researching how much less plants can consume so that their food is less toxic. 😀 Classic error of reductionist outlook. Looking things in compartments and missing the whole!

Make in India! 😀

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A Working Group of 17 experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on 3–10 March 2015 to review the available published scientific evidence and evaluate the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate insecticides and herbicides: diazinon, glyphosate, malathion, parathion, and tetrachlorvinphos.
 
The herbicide glyphosate and the insecticides malathion and diazinon were classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). The insecticides tetrachlorvinphos and parathion were classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).
 
But still modern Indian ostrich scientists, their fanatic followers, govt of India, and all science lunatics, will wait for epidemic like situation to conclude that yes, these chemical farming is foolish idea! Remember Endosulfan?
 
Loonies will say: WHO is paid agent of CIA. France agency on cancer is paid agent 😀 😀
 
One such fanatic asked me: “What is the proof that your traditional farming way is safe?” 😀 😀 कुतर्की! I am alive is the proof! I see farmers dying around by your moron ways!
 
And also I was titled as greedy businessman who wants to sell organic so that I am against chemical farming! 😀 😀
 
God save humanity from science loonies! Pump this food in your kids’ veins and wait for disaster!
 
Reference: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf

Pesticide vs Pest-aside : Real cause of pest/pathogens

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Are bacteria responsible for our illness?

Are viruses responsible for our illness?

Are pest destroying crops?
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No. They are Mother nature’s most trusted messengers. They appears only when we create situations for them in our body or in our local environment by our activities.

Nature has different types of creatures, some with long life and some with very short life. Some with micro body and some with giant body combination of trillions and more micro bodies. Formation of them depends upon the specific combination of environmental factors.

So when you are afflicted by the specific bacteria or virus, try to find root change in the environment. And this physical changes are manifestation of more subtle प्राण. Which action, activity or habit caused it. Sometimes it is beyond our control. Sheer nature’s work. Like mass epidemic.

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Same is true for growing food.

Understand this comment shared by Gyan Mitra ji on Jagannath Chatterjeeji’s post to realize it.

“This is the PEST niche graph, part of the I.I.T. Bombay PhD thesis 1996 of Dr. Uday S. Bhawalkar, a chemical engineer from the same institute 1973 batch. He is the first person to say that a PEST has an ecological role, and is a Policeman/woman, Inspector and Regulator too. The fire brigade visits only when there is a fire. The same logic applies for PESTS.This graph is rudimentary, and other graphs followed later, which will also be posted. Contrary to popular belief, these pests are not simply hanging around waiting to commit mayhem. They appear only when there is a need by multiplying, else remain very very few. For example, if a PEST appears in a field and starts chewing up the leaves, it simply means that there is nutrient in the leaves, in a related Carbon to Nitrogen ration relating to that particular pest. Industry gets rid of the PEST with poison / pesticide. But this does not address the root cause viz nutrient for the PEST. Eating such food is unsafe because the nutrient for the PEST is toxic for human consumption. Hence, can you see that PESTS also are quality control mechanism of Nature ? Forget pesticide, even if you were able to physically remove the PESTS by hand, its still no good. Therefore, even ‘organic pest control’ is not O.K. Cost effective Eco Technology if retrofitted into the well / bore well takes care of such toxicity and then the food crops grow without pests. Don’t forget that poor air quality causes acid rain which leaches heavy metals from rocks that gets into the crop. The trace heavy metals break down through a ‘ nature chemistry ‘ and invite PESTS. If you can understand what I have written, you will also be able to develop an argument against G.M. crops. I just saw a BBC film speaking for GM and the main goal is stated to produce food for expected 15 Billion people in the future. What is not discussed is that the food is toxic to human homeostasis. When pest free agriculture is possible even without the use of chemical fertilisers, to produce quality food ( one eats less ) which also has natural antidotes to remedy prevailing regional natural pollution, the modern goal of producing poor quality food in quantity without the antidote property is misplaced. Industrial farming is a model created with inputs and active management. There can never be a food shortage because Nature ensures that the food is made available for the life form first. You need to believe this. Also, borewells are bringing up more salts so much more water is needed for irrigation. And then, when the top soil ecology is pristine and appropriate crops are grown, only moisture is needed, NOT water.”

Mono-cultured forestry : Greedy Society’s Environmental Activism

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Not sure if you came across, but I did came across govt schemes and private plans to do agro-forestry. Nothing but growing series of trees in mono-culture way, forest by definition only. On paper forest.
Mixed forests are more productive than monocultures. This is true on all five continents, and particularly in regions with high precipitation.
Reforesting strategy by GDP-driven society and govt will always be based on economic value of the trees. So, they will plant only economically valuable trees. Not only that, they will also apply mono-culture approach used in modern agriculture.
 
What is naturalized, cannot substitute natural. Simple. Period.
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Mixed forests: ecologically and economically superior

“We know of the many advantages of mixed forests,” states Professor Hans Pretzsch, co-author of the study and author of a recently released, internationally acclaimed book on the ecology and management of mixed-species stands. “Mixed-species forests are ecologically more valuable as versatile habitats. They mitigate climate change, as they mean a higher carbon sink.”

Trees in mixed-species forests are often better supplied with light, water, and soil nutrients via their complementary crown and root systems. “This makes mixed stands more resilient during dry years. In addition, they are more stable against pests and visually more appealing,” adds Prof. Pretzsch from the Chair of Forest Growth and Yield Science in Weihenstephan.

But these arguments alone have not yet managed to convince forestry management to promote mixed-species stands. This meta-analysis and overview study now shows that a prudent selection of the combination of tree species leads not only to more ecological and resilient forests, but also to greater productivity, explains Pretzsch. The study documents that mixed stands perform better in terms of productivity than monocultures, particularly in areas with favorable water supplies, such as in Central Europe.

https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/detail/article/34635/
 

Water-guzzling agriculture is not science, but quackery

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Water guzzling agriculture is neither science nor technological feat as it is often marketed.

Key concept is to maintain the topmost layer of the soil well-nourished, well-moisturized. And we do not need gallons of tube-well water for it. Not even drip irrigation!

Not so long ago, winter crops in India were grown without any water!!

1) Water along with dung-based manure (full of Marut(s) i.e. bacteria) keeps soil in optimum state with very less water.

2) Cow-dung ash spray reduces vaporization by the Sun upto 40%

3) Inter-cropping or layered-cropping does not allow much of the sunlight penetrated directly on the soil but instead maximum is utilized by the multiple green layers.

Monocropping : Largest Silent Terror Attack in Known History. Soil Health decides Human Health

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Fact 1: Mono-cropping is a terrorist attack on soil.
Fact 2: Animal farming is also a terrorist attack for all, not limited to slaughtered animals. It also kills biodiversity.
Fact 3: Cemented urban growth kills biodiversity. Terror? Yes!
Fact 4: We all are sick, of varied degrees.

And here is the research saying that Enhancing our soils’ biodiversity can improve human health.

“If we improve our management of land to enhance the biodiversity in our soils, we’ll improve human health,”

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Research News


Enhancing our soils’ biodiversity can improve human health

“If we improve our management of land to enhance the biodiversity in our soils, we’ll improve human health,” said Wall, professor in CSU’s Department of Biology, research scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Soil biodiversity refers to the variety of life and organisms that exist within a forest, agricultural field, park or even on a dirt road”

It sounds simple, this type of integration, but the concept is only recently gaining international acceptance. The United Nations declared 2015 as the first International Year of Soils to highlight the value of living soils to humans.

People understand that properly managing soils is key for the global food supply, and that soils are eroding. But less recognized, said coauthor Uffe Nielsen, Western Sydney University in Australia, is the role of living organisms in soils, and how management of those organisms impacts the benefits for human health.

The good, the bad and the dirty

In the past, scientists have studied human, animal and plant diseases caused by some organisms that live in soil — dogs get heartworm from infected soils and humans can get parasites like pinworm that live in some soils.

Valley fever, caused by a fungus thriving in desert soils, affects people and can lead to flu-like symptoms and death. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report on Valley fever and its effect on workers constructing solar power farms in San Luis Obispo County, California. The CDC predicted that without outreach programs and more awareness of Valley fever, more workers will be exposed and infected.

Anthrax, which is well-known in the United States as a bioterrorism agent, is relatively common and found in soils worldwide. Anthrax spores can remain dormant in soils for decades, but with heavy rains, they are brought to the surface and attach to roots and grasses, where animals might graze upon them, often resulting in death. Plants also are killed by pathogens, pests and diseases from the soil, which reduces crops and plant productivity.

“Diseases of humans, plants and animals caused by soil-borne organisms have traditionally been studied by separate disciplines, but the final goal should be an integration of research and knowledge, since the ultimate goal is to improve human health,” said Wall.

In addition, research studies have found that exposure to microorganisms in soil lessens the prevalence of allergies. “Exposing our immune system to soil may help develop tolerance to possible pathogens,” said coauthor Johan Six, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland.

Soils also contain a reservoir of possible sources for antibiotics and medicines, with many of the antibiotics in use today being derived from soils.

With future predictions that two-thirds of the global human population will live in urban areas by 2050, scientists also expect that our immune systems will be less stimulated by having less contact with nature. Many people already understand this concept; outdoor and nature-based preschools are popping up in urban areas from New York City to Seattle.

 


Research Paper


Soil biodiversity and human health

Soil biodiversity is increasingly recognized as providing benefits to human health because it can suppress disease-causing soil organisms and provide clean air, water and food. Poor land-management practices and environmental change are, however, affecting belowground communities globally, and the resulting declines in soil biodiversity reduce and impair these benefits. Importantly, current research indicates that soil biodiversity can be maintained and partially restored if managed sustainably. Promoting the ecological complexity and robustness of soil biodiversity through improved management practices represents an underutilized resource with the ability to improve human health.

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Weedkillers and Rural Suicides

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Rural depression and suicides are little different than urban cases. In urban life, it is more sort of mind-induced depression due to mindless race for fame, money and luxury or acute life management stress.

In rural India, despite being in the laps of mother nature, farmers suicide. Why?

Modern chemical agriculture and ruthless chemical marketing (By govt and MNC companies). Innocent farmers (and their several generations since Green revolution) and Greedy farmers, both, are succumbed to chemical warfare.

Weedkillers tied to depression in farmers. Pseudo-scientific activists, right? When I share this with my so called intellectual friends, they give this reply – all this is propaganda by Pseudo-scientific activists. Yes, American Journal of Epidemiology is one such journal promoting pseudo-science.

Your food plate carry depression triggers. Your mental state surrenders easily when not trained by real science of life. Go read it. Find farmer friend in near by village. Inspire them and support them for spiritually inclined farming and live beautiful life.

My personal experience meeting farmer families is depressing. Especially, farmers storing pesticides in home – None of them fall in happy family definition, despite being wealthy.

Solution is very simple and possible for all farmers. We as a society, lack the will to implement it. Solution is : Cow based Agriculture. Local food cycles. Urban-Rural connect for food. Human pockets with common goal = food.

Pesticide Exposure and Depression Among Agricultural Workers in France

  1. Marc G. Weisskopf*,
  2. Frédéric Moisan,
  3. Christophe Tzourio,
  4. Paul J. Rathouz and
  5. Alexis Elbaz
  1. *Correspondence to Dr. Marc G. Weisskopf, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive, P.O. Box 15697, Boston, MA 02215 (e-mail: mweissko@hsph.harvard.edu).

Pesticides are ubiquitous neurotoxicants, and several lines of evidence suggest that exposure may be associated with depression. Epidemiologic evidence has focused largely on organophosphate exposures, while research on other pesticides is limited. We collected detailed pesticide use history from farmers recruited in 1998–2000 in France. Among 567 farmers aged 37–78 years, 83 (14.6%) self-reported treatment or hospitalization for depression. On the basis of the reported age at the first such instance, we used adjusted Cox proportional hazards models to estimate hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals for depression (first treatment or hospitalization) by exposure to different pesticides. The hazard ratio for depression among those who used herbicides was 1.93 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.95, 3.91); there was no association with insecticides or fungicides. Compared with nonusers, those who used herbicides for <19 years and ≥19 years (median for all herbicide users, 19 years) had hazard ratios of 1.51 (95% CI: 0.62, 3.67) and 2.31 (95% CI: 1.05, 5.10), respectively. Similar results were found for total hours of use. Results were stronger when adjusted for insecticides and fungicides. There is widespread use of herbicides by the general public, although likely at lower levels than in agriculture. Thus, determining whether similar associations are seen at lower levels of exposure should be explored.

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/07/11/aje.kwt089

Weedkillers tied to depression in farmers

 

Food Import : Damage to local environment

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It is not just greed-focused agriculture designed to grow only export quality food that damages environment, importing food also damages environment!

Urge for exotic food is not only havoc for your GUT but also outside environment. In Ayurveda, it is always suggested that one should rely on local resources for food, medicines and any life-routine habits. Ayurveda is a section of Veda and Veda always talks about, not only physical plane but also mental and adhyatmik plane. So when Ayurveda prescribes local resources, it is not just about our food! It is also about external environment and its direct impact on our mind and prana!

Thanks to India’s surrender to WTO and global food mafia companies, we now not only import as a compulsion but just for the sake of trade! We waste our agriculture land and water resources for the food that is being exported. Meanwhile, we import cheap food from Africa!

Food shouldn’t be treated like commodity. It is life-line, has to be decentralized and locally-focused.

Global agricultural trade is dubious setup.


Research


Importing food damages domestic environment

http://csis.msu.edu/news/importing-food-damages-domestic-environment

Soybean trade offers but one example of the unexpected environmental impacts of global food trade – and a heads up that negotiations of trade agreements need complete information, the paper notes. For example, once-upon-a-time cornfields in Mexico and South America now grow vegetables, and demand more nitrogen inputs, thanks to influxes of cheap American corn. And nitrogen isn’t the only change. Crop decisions driven by global markets also can place increased demands on water supplies.

“This study underscores the need to pay attention to both sides of international trade not rely on conventional wisdom,” Liu said. “The framework of telecoupling – a new integrated way to study human and natural interactions over distances – shows us unexpected outcomes that can stand in the way of sustain

“This research demonstrates a surprising environmental impact of global agricultural trade,” says Betsy Von Holle, a director of the National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program, which funded the study. “If the importing country switches from a more sustainable crop, such as soybeans, to one that needs more water and nutrients, such as corn, the nitrogen pollution that results can harm the environment of the importing country.”

Embracing Weeds: Holistic Agriculture

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Weeds have purpose. Amount of stress corn (or any crop for that matter) feels due to lack of supporting weeds is often transformed into viral and bacterial sickness.

“Weeds are weeds! No good! Pusley is weed and no good for crop! My textbook says so!”

“That’s what people think. Look at this. Look at this broken corn roots scattered among Pusley roots. You know what does that mean? Pusley roots are helping corn roots by breaking the dirt/soil so that corn roots can go deeper. Got it? Pusley is helping corn to better manage its nutrition and so good healthy crop.”

Weeds are good.

Based on my reading of book :”Weeds, guardians of the soil”.

Flow : From Collapsing agriculture to Civil Wars

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With collapsing agriculture, village system breaks and gives open hands to Anti-India forces. This(War like efforts to support cow based farming) is the only way to save this land from Syria like civil wars.

Century long chemical usage and high yield greed has turned sacred profession into dirty business.

Change cannot be possible without you and me. We must stand together with our farmers. Encourage them for cow-based farming. At the same time, we must demand pro-cow based farming policies from center and state govt(s).

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“In the past three years, 160 Syrian farming villages have been abandoned near Aleppo as crop failures have forced over 200,000 rural Syrians to leave for the cities. This news is distressing enough, but when put into a long-term perspective, its implications are staggering: many of these villages have been continuously farmed for 8000 years. As one expert puts it, this may be the worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations began in the Fertile Crescent many millennia ago.”

The drought severly weakened Syria’s ability to grow food. As farming became impossible entire regions lost their way of life. Men, families, or “entire villages” as Gary Nabhan recounts, were forced to leave their land and head to Syria’s major cities. Most of the displaced farmers were from predominantly Sunni regions. The Syrian political apparatus on the other hand was mainly Alawite. Whereas confronting the Assad regime would have been unthinkable before the drought, the desperate poverty many Sunnis now found themselves in meant they had nothing left to lose. In March 2011 demonstrations broke out in the city of Daraa and Syrian security forces responded violently, killing four people. Protests then spread throughout the country and breakdown of the state would soon follow.


Reference articles


Climate Change and the Syria Crisis

http://mandalaprojects.com/ice/ice-cases/syria-jordan.htm

Syrian Civil War Outbreak Explained in Two Graphs

http://soilandstate.blogspot.com/2014/04/syrian-civil-war-outbreak-explained-in.html

Crops can do their own weed control

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I don’t need any damn deadly chemical to control weed. I really don’t consider weeds as my enemies. In fact, they in their limited presence help me to maintain soil temperature and fertility.

Here is the experiment that shows how common sense led intuitive farming does not need any weed control chemicals.

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“Our results demonstrate that weed control in fields is aided by abandoning traditional seed sowing techniques. Farmers around the world generally sow their crops in rows. Our studies with wheat and corn show that tighter sowing in grid patterns supresses weed growth. This provides increased crop yields in fields prone to heavy amounts of weeds,” states Professor Jacob Weiner, a University of Copenhagen plant ecologist.

In conventional farming, the most frequently used herbicides for weed control have a negative impact on the environment. On the other hand, organic farmers enlist machines to battle unwanted growth. These machines guzzle fuel and produce CO2, while their tyres compact soil and damage its structure.

Research studies performed in Danish wheat fields, together with recent studies in Colombian cornfields, demonstrate that modified sowing patterns and the nearer spacing of crops results in a reduction of total weed biomass. The amount of weeds was heavily reduced – by up to 72% – while grain yields increased by more than 45% in heavily weed-infested fields. The trick is to increase crop-weed competition and utilize the crop’s head start, so that it gains a large competitive advantage over the neighbouring weeds.

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Science loonies, Govt of India funded scientists and chemical companies want you to believe that:

1) Chemicals in your food in limited quantity is fine 😀
2) Weeds are enemy, kill them! 😀
3) Be greedy and do mono-cropping 😀
4) Ecology can go to hell! We don’t need to feed the world! 😀

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Crops can do their own weed control

http://plen.ku.dk/english/news/2015/crops/

WEED CONTROL

Weeds are the enemy of crops and agricultural output worldwide. Organic and conventional farmers have their respective weed control strategies, either through the use of fuel guzzling, CO2 producing machines or environmentally harmful chemicals. Research from the University of Copenhagen now suggests that the war on weeds can be conducted more sustainably by asjusting sowing patterns and crop density.

In conventional farming, the most frequently used herbicides for weed control have a negative impact on the environment. On the other hand, organic farmers enlist machines to battle unwanted growth. These machines guzzle fuel and produce CO2, while their tyres compact soil and damage its structure. New research results from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences report that weeds would have a tough time competing against crops such as corn, grains and beans if farmers were to alter their sowing patterns.

“Our results demonstrate that weed control in fields is aided by abandoning traditional seed sowing techniques. Farmers around the world generally sow their crops in rows. Our studies with wheat and corn show that tighter sowing in grid patterns supresses weed growth. This provides increased crop yields in fields prone to heavy amounts of weeds,” states Professor Jacob Weiner, a University of Copenhagen plant ecologist.

Weeds battered, crop yields bumped

Research studies performed in Danish wheat fields, together with recent studies in Colombian cornfields, demonstrate that modified sowing patterns and the nearer spacing of crops results in a reduction of total weed biomass.  The amount of weeds was heavily reduced – by up to 72%  – while grain yields increased by more than 45% in heavily weed-infested fields. The trick is to increase crop-weed competition and utilize the crop’s head start, so that it gains a large competitive advantage over the neighbouring weeds.

Jacob Weiner explains:

– Our results make it possible for agriculture to be conducted in a far more sustainable manner while maintaining consistently high grain production. This requires affordable new technologies to make it proactical out in farmers’ fields. We can develop methods for outcompeting weeds even more if we learn more about how plants interact.

The research results from Colombia have just been published in Weed Research, one of the leading scientific journals in its area. They were achieved via a collaborative effort between the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Colombia and the University of Copenhagen.

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