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.

 

SOIL

 

Accumulation of toxic elements

 

CADMIUM

 

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

 

health.

 

FLUORIDE

 

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.

 

RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS

 

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.

 

OTHER METALS

 

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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