Pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and xenoestrogens

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There are over 350 permitted pesticides allowed in western farming but researches have estimated that over 70,000 other chemicals have been detected in our food chain and most of these have not formally been tested for health risks.

These pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers and industrial pollution are in our water because of rain erosion runoff from landfills and agricultural lands. They are in our food supply–in plants animals, fish and grains. Although some of these may well have direct carcinogenic affects. particularly of relevance to breast and testicular cancer, are that some of these contaminants also have a chemical structure similar to oestrogen and can cause abnormal hormonal activity by disrupting the normal hormone pathway. These toxic estrogens mimics are called xenoestrogens and are presently found in large quantities in the environment with sources including pesticides, herbicides, car pollution, polychlorinated biphenyls PCB’s. There are worries that xenoestrogen are not contributing to the increased risks of hormone related cancers such as breast, testis ovary and uterus but are affecting the male sperm count and other infertility problems.

Switching to a healthier diet, with more fruit, salad and vegetables is clearly healthy may paradoxically mean higher exposure to these chemicals so certain precautions may be necessary to avoid them:


General tips to avoid pesticides and xenoestrogens in our diet



Other good reasons to consider buying organic foods:


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