Why Cancer!!!

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


easily leached.


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


find prohibitive.


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.

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