I am a naturally detail-oriented person ("anal" as many like to say), in every aspect of my life: my house, my schedule, daily to do lists (vs most people's weekly) and especially what I put in my mouth. EVERY cook out I go to I bring my own plate and flatware & get comments about it. In fact the things I get the most flack for are: that I never eat on/with disposable dinnerware, I never drink water from the tap, I buy organic as often as fiscally possible and I'm ridding my house of all things plastic.
WHY? They always ask... Here's why:
In charge of all bodily functions are your brain and your endocrine system--your brain keeps you alive and your hormones tell your body what to do and when to do it. Hormones are a delicate thing--one missed signal can cause BIG issues. For example--my son was born with Hypospadius, a condition that effects the development of the penis. (Fellas, stop cupping yourself!) This condition is caused by endocrine disruptors, chemicals charading around as hormones. This obviously happened in-utero and thus was caused by chemicals is MY body.
Some of the biggest sources of endocrine disruptors: Plastic, unfiltered water, and chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, & insecticides--hmm, I wonder why I do those things my family teases me about?? Curious isn't it? I am by no means flawless in my environmental efforts--I'm a single mom and student, I do what I can with what I can afford--it's a work in progress. My next step is not to buy ANYTHING even remotely tied to Monsanto.
WHY? You may ask... *sigh* there are few words to describe the level of evil that company is at. First, Monsanto is actively trying to control the food supply of the entire world--if not with their chemicals (herbicides/pesticides/insecticides) than with their patented seeds (you read right... patented.) They are driving out small family owned farms, they sell 'suicide' seeds that only live a year (causing farmers to buy seed every year)... they go around farms and test to make sure none of the pollen/seeds from nieghboring Monsanto farms isn't on Uncle joe-bob's farm, cuz if it is he loses the farm!! Nevermind he had NO idea of their presences, or that the wind is responsible for the transfer!
OH! And let's not forget the GMO's!! Genetically Modified Organisms. They are in your food. The FDA decided (for you) that you didn't need a warning label on the majority of the products containing them! How considerate. Monsanto (years ago) created a potato that, when eaten by bugs, formed crystal shards in their stomachs and killed them. They then shipped all those 'harmless' potatoes to McDonald's for french fries.
Yup you ate that! And didn't even know it!
I, myself, plan on trying to know better. So these brands are now barred entry to my kitchen!!
My son's 'condition' was surgically corrected, but in his future is a time period (of several years) where his body will be awash with surging hormones--oh yeah, puberty!! I plan on there being as few Endocrine disruptors in his body as possible (and not just to try to avoid another surgery). If I ever have any other children I'd like very much for them NOT to have any issues I can trace back to choices I made (ignorant to their severity).
How many of these brands are in YOUR kitchen!?