There are many reasons for deciding to grow your own food organically. For me, one of the biggest reasons is to avoid as many of the chemicals in our world as I can. One of those chemicals is BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA), don’t you love those shortened words, is produced from petroleum. The problem is it mimics the hormone estrogen.
You have probably heard about BPA as it has been in the news a lot in the last couple of years. But, the use of the chemical has been going on for many years. The problem is that it will break down under certain circumstances. Like, when it is in contact with water. What do vegetables have in them…water. One of the uses of BPA is as a liner in vegetable cans, other uses are food containers and pop cans, just about anything that is plastic and looks like glass. You may have first heard about it from its use in plastic sports water bottles.
BPA has been linked to many of our diseases. The list is long, everything from cancer (breast and prostrate) to fertility problems. We, in our society, have the ability to produce a product long before checking out all the negatives of that product, or at least before we are willing to check it out.
Why am I writing about the dangers of a chemical in an organic gardening blog? Simply because we need to take control of your lives in as many areas as we can. No one else is willing to do that for us. If you are relying on the government to safe guard your health you are in trouble. The government has known for years that there were problems with BPA, but has refused to move until just recently.
Millions of people have been exposed to this chemical, and who knows how many diseases and deaths have been caused by its continued use. I do not want that to happen to your family.
You are what you put into your body. You should eat only food that has been produced, and stored, chemical free. If you are not willing to, or cannot, grow your own food you should get your food from someone you know and trust. What you eat is one of the most important parts of your life.
So, open up your refrigerator and cabinets and see how what you eat and drink is stored. And, that precious can or bottle of pop…better take a close look. Writing this made me think, my water is stored in a plastic pitcher. I wonder how it’s made?
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. He started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family, too.