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Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System

0 FARM O FORK to THE STORY OF OUR TOXIC FOOD SYSTEM Do you know where your food comes from? Or what's in it? You might be surprised. Today's conventional food system depends heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and synthetic inputs that pose threats to our health-especially children's. Their developing bodies are more vulnerable to these toxins. Here's a small but shocking snapshot. AT THE FARM İI'S NOT LOCAL, IT’S BUSINESS 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms, associated with myriad environmental and health risks. DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S BEING FED TO THESE ANIMALS? According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, animals at these factories are fed the following: Nearly 900 million pounds of toxic pesticides are applied to farms every year. Same Species Meat Manure and Other Animal Waste Diseased Animals Since the 199Os, millions of tons of potentially toxic sewage sludge have been applied to America's farmland as food crop fertilizer. Feathers, Hair, Skin, Hooves, and Blood Drugs and Chemicals Plastics An estimated 13.5 million pounds of antibiotics-the same classes of antibiotics used in human medicine- are routinely added to animal feed or water. x1 million pounds AT THE FACTORY (HEMICALS RULE To become white flour, wheat Chemicals used to make plastic To produce orange juice, whole flour undergoes bleaching with packaging, like phthalates and oranges are placed in chemicals such as oxide of BPA, sometimes migrate into food. processing machines and are nitrogen, chlorine, chloride, The Food and Drug Administration sprayed with various acids to and nitrosyl. considers these migrants "indirect improve fruit peel quality and food additives." increase juice yield. FLOUR Whole soybeans are drenched in Nearly 6,000 additives and chemicals hexane, a byproduct of gasoline are used by food companies to refining, to separate their oil from process and produce our food. protein for processed foods. of all processed foods include More than 70% genetically modified ingredients. AT THE TABLE STICK A FORK IN IT 70% of the calories Americans eat COLA come from highly processed foods. CHIPS 30 mg 30 mg 30 mg 30 mg 1950s TODAY 30 mg 30 mg The average American The average American child child consumes more than consumes 150 mg of artificial food coloring 5 "servings" of pesticides every day from every day, an increase of 5x since the 1950s. food and water. WHAT ARE OUR CHILDREN EATING? Reproductive Hormone Neurodevelopmental KEY Cancer ADHD Toxicity Disruption Deficits Reproductive and Neurological Developmental Immune System Obesity Behavioral Problems Toxicity Toxicity Impacts Take a look at the health risks associated with your child's favorite foods: CHIPS CHEESE FRENCH MACARONI CEREAL BANANA MILK CRACKER SODA CHIPS COOKIES BURGER FRIES +CHEESE Luckily there are many simple, affordable actions you can take to Healthy reduce your child's exposure to harmful chemicals found in foods. For more in-depth advice and statistics, check out our eBook "Easy Steps to Eating Healthy & Safe Foods" at center. Child HEALTHY WORLD Sources: UCSUSA.ORG, EPA.GOV, IATP.ORG, TRENDHUNTER.COM, This infographic was made possible in part by these mission-aligned companies: CLOVER FINDOURCOMMONGROUND.COM, PCRM.ORG, CENTERFORFOODSAFETY.ORG, EHP.NIEHS.NIH.GOV, THEFREELIBRARY.COM, CORNUCOPIA.ORG, PURISTAT.COM, rganic UFARMS Sage Spoonfuls COURTHOUSENEWS.COM ------------

Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System

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Do you know where your food comes from? Or what's in it? You might be surprised. Today's conventional food system depends heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and synthetic inputs that pose threats t...




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