Posts Tagged ‘France’

The French Organic Revolution

September 5, 2011

I am moving to France soon, and because I have been following the green trend in New York City (organic, vegan.. etc) I was curious to see if this trend had also spread to Europe. I did some searching and found a documentary about a small french town, Barjac, whose mayor insisted that the children of the school be fed only organic food.

The statistics in this movie are really informative. In one study the scientists tested the umbilical cord of a baby and found 30 different traces of chemicals. Another statistic was that in males there was a 93% increase in cancer in the last 25 years. They attribute these changes to the increase in the amount of pesticides and herbicides that are used in growing food and also the processed foods that we consume.

Something I found really interesting in the clip above was that during the lecture one of the citizens in the audience asked, rather skeptically, that if there is so much danger with these pesticides and chemicals why has the life expectancy in seniors risen. The answer was that the current generation living longer was born in the 1920’s and 30’s, before pesticides and ionized radiation were prominent. The next generation is thought to have a shorter life expectancy then their parents. This is something that has never happened before…

The film also visits several of the farms in this small town that use pesticides and documents the effects that they have had on the farmers and the community. The farmers have to wear gas masks and gloves while tending to their field due to the dangerous chemicals and many have complications from the chemicals. Not only the farmers are effected but also their children, the most common effect of these pesticides being leukemia.

A great documentary to watch and very informative on the struggle and necessity for ‘clean’ food worldwide.