Submitted by CBCSG Member George Richards
Cancer or to give it it’s medical term Carcinoma is predicted to effect one in
two people during their lifetime, and I’m sure you will agree this is totally
unacceptable in modern times.
The professionals opinion puts it down to, Genetics, Smoking, Drinking,
Obesity, and a multitude of other abnormalities or vices. This I have no doubt
is quite true to a degree. However, we don’t appear to hear so much about the
modern way of life. The manner in which we use Chemical Fertilizers, Chemical
Pesticides, Chemical Herbicides, and Chemical Preservatives in most items we
purchase from the supermarket.
Doctor Pete Myers, Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, explains
the distressingly personal cost of chemical inputs in our food supply.
Infertility, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, various forms of cancers, that are
affecting so many more lives, year on year.
Chemical exposer is no longer an issue solely for farmers, manufacturers,
wholesalers, and retailers, it is an issue that we should ALL address.
The U.K. is among the top ten in the world for the highest consumption of
Chemical Fertilizers, Pesticides, and Herbicides.
Only a fraction of the nitrogen based fertilizers is converted to produce plant
matter. The remainder accumulates in the soil or is lost as run off. High
applications of nitrogen containing fertilizers combined with high water
solubility of nitrate leads to increased run off into surface water as well as
leaching into groundwater, thereby causing groundwater pollution.
The excessive use of nitrogen fertilizers is particularly damaging, as much of
the nitrogen that is not taken up by plants is transformed into nitrate which is
The nutrients, especially nitrates in fertilizers can cause problems for natural
habitats and for human health if they are washed off soil into watercourses or
leached through soil into groundwater.
Accumulation of toxic elements
The concentration of Cadmium in phosphorus containing fertilizers varies
considerably and can be problematic. For example mono-ammonium
phosphate fertilizer may have a Cadmium content as low as 0.14mg per kg or
as high as 50.9mg per kg thus creating a great variation to the risk of human
Phosphate rocks contain high levels of Fluoride. Consequently, the widespread
use of Phosphate Fertilizers has increased soil Fluoride concentrations. It has
been found that food contamination from fertilizer is of little concern as plants
accumulate little Fluoride from the soil, of greater concern is the possibility of
Fluoride toxicity to livestock that ingest from contaminated soils. Also of
possible concern are the effects of Fluoride on soil micro-organisms.
The radioactive content of the fertilizers varies considerably and depends on
both the concentrations in the parent mineral and on the fertilizer production
process. Uranium concentrations can range from 7% to 100% in phosphate
rock, and from 1% to 67% in phosphate fertilizers.
Steel industry wastes, recycled into fertilizers for their high levels of Zinc
wastes can include the following toxic metals, Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium,
Chromium, and Nickel.
The most common toxic elements in fertilizers are Mercury, Lead, and Arsenic.
These potentially harmful impurities can be removed at a cost that industries
Although the use of Chemical Fertilizers undoubtedly increases crop yield, I
feel sure it is without doubt that it increases the chances of contracting cancer
of some form.