If you’re a frequent visitor to this website, then you’ll know just how skeptical we at Voće Tea are about pesticide use. A case last week reaffirmed why we think it’s best to know exactly where your food is coming from and exactly what chemicals it has been exposed to.
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency lifted its ban on a common pesticide, chlorpyrifos (sold under the name Lorsban), despite the fact that the EPA’s own studies have linked the pesticide to health problems in children. The move was largely seen as a capitulation by the Trump administration to pressures from big business. According to Earthjustice, “Chlorpyrifos is acutely toxic and associated with neurodevelopmental harms in children. Prenatal exposures to chlorpyrifos are associated with lower birth weight, reduced IQ, loss of working memory, attention disorders, and delayed motor development.” Years ago, the EPA concluded that the amount of chlorpyrifos ingested by young children could exceed healthy limits by more than 140 times, since young children are, pound for pound, more likely to consume fruits and fruit juices. Alarmingly,
chlorpyrifos is extremely widespread, being applied to more than 50 fruit and nut varieties in the U.S.. In 2016, it was applied to 640,000 acres of crops in California alone! You can read more about chlorpyrifos and the recent efforts to ban the pesticide here and here.
Our position has always been that the fewer chemicals and pesticides you consume the better. We try to do our part, and we hope you do, too! Drink well!
Here’s something that caught our eye. Last week, the latest issue of BMJ included a study that suggests an association between consuming sugary beverages and developing certain kinds of cancers. The study, which can be found here, concluded that consuming sugary drinks were “significantly associated with the risk of overall cancer and breast cancer.” The study followed over 100,000 subjects for a five-year period of time and found that approximately 2,200 of them developed cancer over the course of the study. The majority of those who developed cancer consumed sugary beverages on a regular basis. Researchers defined a “sugary drink” as one that contained more than 5 percent sugar, including sugared sodas and 100 percent fruit juices. Most sweetened teas would likely fall into this category, as well. You can read more analysis about the study in this New York Times article.
Of course, correlation doesn’t necessarily signify causation, so we all need to be cautious about interpreting these results. But for people who are interested in limiting their sugar consumption, there are plenty of options out there. The most obvious lifestyle change you can make is to simply drink more water, which is healthy, universally available, and free. You can also switch to consume dairy or plant-based milks or artificially sweetened beverages. Another option (surprise!) is to incorporate more unsweetened beverages, like Voće Tea, into your daily regimen. Voće teas are great served both hot and cold, they contain no added sugars, and they are made with 100% organic ingredients. Regardless of what works for you, we encourage everybody to be more mindful in their consumption habits. Drink well!