I know it’s not realistic to anticipate that with our busy and hurried lifestyles, our 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day will always be possible.
I also know that pesticides which are routinely added to crops that have become part of the food chain have reduced the nutritional value of what we eat, and those have become essential to many farming methods. As a consequence some of those farmed foods are considered bad for our long-term health.
Misuse may occur by farmers who are supposed to follow recommended rest periods between treatment of crops and the harvest. Based on trials, these rest periods, which are supposed to guarantee traces of remnants of chemicals used, are at either zero or below the levels set by the Government, are safe for human consumption.
Another concern is the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to enhance growth of livestock or to prevent infection. The quality of food that passes through the food chain now, may cause problems to our health in the longer term as they may contain these antibiotics.
That is one of the reasons I started eating organic food. I use a vegetable wash to clean fruit and vegetables. In addition I take antioxidant supplements to help me sustain my health in the longer term, because I also deal with Cerebral Palsy. I also know that because of what I deal with on a daily basis of living with Cerebral Palsy, means I have to look after myself.
Trying to stay healthy has become a way of life for me, one that I never stop to question, but one I hope will help with my long-term health.