Pesticides, plate, poo and psychology!

The use of chemicals has become a part of modern growth. Their use has effected the way we clean our houses, dye our hair and in more recent years how we cultivate and grow our crops to put on the family dinner plate.

The evolution of pesticides in farming produce has really challenged Wittenoom’s progress verses safety theory. Farmers are now able to grow bigger, brighter and faster crops with more certainty of return at the end of the season. Crops are now able to be harvested prior to full maturity and ripened via chemicals on-route to the shopping centre’s isles, meaning longer shelf life.  For fear of the financial compromises on the industry, little reliable research has been completed on what the consequences are on the consumer.

The effects on the produce’s nutrient value is one that deserves more research. Is the safety of our food being compromised by progression?

Many health side-effects have been attributed, if not only partially, to a nutritional deficiency. Latest research into the psyche has found a direct link between the healthy bacteria of the gut (poo) and depression.

If the foods we eat are reduced nutritionally by the way we choose to use chemicals to hasten the growth, no wonder we now have an epidemic of mental health concerns treated by… chemicals.

Written by Alison Barham


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