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How does our food production system drive our exposure to toxic chemicals?
Molly Rauch, MPH
February 24, 2011
mechanized, pesticide-rich, fertilizer-driven food production system has a
significant impact on our exposure to toxic chemicals. Antibiotics and hormones
support the mass production of eggs, chicken, milk, and beef. Fertilizers and
phosphates flow to our rivers and lakes, contaminating waterways and
encouraging the bloom of toxic algae. Chemical food flavorings and colors, some
of which affect children’s behavior, are added to foods to encourage
consumption. Pesticides including neurotoxins remain as residues on food and
are subsequently ingested and metabolized by people. Plastic and paper
packaging may leach toxic chemicals into food. And food is trucked, shipped,
and flown around the world, contributing to air pollution. This month, our
expert contributors address the ways in which our food production system drives
our exposure to toxic chemicals.
The views expressed in these essays are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Waging War on the Insects
Steven G. Gilbert
What’s Behind the Wholesome Image of the American Family Farmer?
The Story of Strawberries
"Don't Methylate My DNA or Perturb My Thyroid": An OB/GYN gets tough on pesticides
Joanne L. Perron
Making the Case for Organic Food: The View from Washington State
A Food System Overview from the San Francisco Chapter
Tallying the True Cost of Industrial Agriculture
Don’t Blame the Fish! And, don’t prescribe fish.
Boyce Thorne Miller & Niaz Dorry