Recently, the people of Maui County in Hawaii have urged the country’s council to impose a ban on open field herbicide and pesticide testing until the safety of the used products is proven independently. However, in an interesting turn of events and after a few months of demonstrations, the judges squashed the moratorium.
The industry giants such as Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow have obviously won the battle but they have not won the war. Hawaii has been used as the main site for pesticide and herbicide testing for years due to the pleasant climate and unspoiled soil. However, instead of proceeding with caution and avoiding the use of potentially toxic compounds in the products, the pesticide industry giants are corrupt enough to ignore them in order to make profit.
Corruption isn’t always just taking bribes – sometimes, it’s the reliance on funding from the manufacturers in order to override safety regulations. Sometimes, experts are servile and afraid to take any action, which is even worse than bribing. Many biochemical and agricultural products are tested outside of industry labs, which harms human and animal health and ignores any kind of ecological safety.
The link between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease
The University of Medical Sciences in Otsu, Japan analyzed nearly 500 men living in Hawaii who took a part in a previous study in their midlife. The men recorded how much milk they drank every day and donated their brains to medical schools after their death. The study concluded that 90% of the subjects had increased levels of heptachlor epoxide in their brain. This organochlorine pesticide has been found in Hawaiian milk products. Obviously, Hawaiian cattle was fed with grains treated with the compound, which has been related to increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Eventually, the substance was banned, but before this happened, it made its way to Hawaiian pineapple plantations. This is the reason why Hawaii is the biggest producer of GMO papaya, pineapple and corn at the moment. The efforts of Maui citizens to stop the field testing of pesticides has been squashed thanks to Monsanto’s brave intervention in the court system. Heptachlor epoxide was used for years before getting banned, and people weren’t even aware that it tainted the milk. Besides ruining thousands of acres of soil, the biotech industry has managed to ruin the health of thousands of people.
According to Lorin Pang, MD based in Hawaii and a consultant for the WHO, there’s not enough data from a legitimate organization without a conflict of interest. There’s not enough data on the contrary as well, but you can’t just give something to the public before proving it’s safe.
Watch the video to see the impact of toxins on developing brains:
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