Book review: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

Book Details:

Book Title:  Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides
Author: André Leu
Category:  Adult Non Fiction,  206 pages
Genre:   Educational / Parenting / Nature – Science
Publisher:  Acres USA
Release date:  March 1, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: March 12 to April 13, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Parenting was never easy. While loving, teaching and nourishing children, parents also seek to protect them from harm. The past few generations, however, have been silently attacked by thousands of manmade, poisonous chemicals carried into homes and children’s bodies in our food supply. The chemical-based conventional agriculture industry claims that the synthesized concoctions they sell as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are safe when used as directed, but does the scientific evidence truly support their assertions?

When pesticide residues are found in 77 percent of all foods in the United States, it’s important to know the truth. Organic agriculturist André Leu has weeded through a wealth of respected scientific journals to present peer-reviewed evidence proving that the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem.

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Andre Leu

Meet the Author:

André Leu is a longtime organic farmer in Australia and a director of Regeneration International. He served as president of IFOAM Organics International from 2011 to 2017. He speaks widely and regularly testifies to governments and NGOs worldwide on pesticide safety and policy. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Myths of Safe Pesticides.

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Andre Leu’s extensive research led to this incredibly detailed book about  pesticides and how we can be better informed when making decisions about what we should eat and feed our families.
Some of the things he expounds on are:
– Myth:  Pesticides are essential to farming;
– Myth:  Most pesticide formulations sold on the market are rigorously tested;
– Myth:  The very small amount;
– Myth:  The breakdown myth; and
– Myth:  The reliable regulatory myth.
He also goes into detail about chemical cocktails in food and water.  What happens when chemicals/pesticides are mixed?  For example, estradiol combined with other chemicals is capable of  mimicking estrogen.  When this chemical is mixed with other chemicals, their potency is often doubled, which, in turn, can lead to breast cancer.
Rain samples tested in Europe contained such high levels of pesticides that it would be illegal to supply it as drinking water.
Complete with charts, graphs and illustrations, this book makes this complicated subject more easily understood by the layman.  It’s quite a vigorous read but the book is divided into the five main “myth” sections which makes it easier to absorb.
The author’s final word:
“Even if regulatory authorities started tomorrow, it wold take decades and billions of dollars in funds to test all the registered pesticide products and the thousands of common combinations to acquire the relevant missing data needed to establish the safe use of these poisons.
Adopting farming systems that replace pesticides with nontoxic, natural methods of pest control is the most effective and logical way to avoid the current uncertainties surrounding pesticide use.”
Simply put, there are no safe pesticides in any amount.


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Book review: Ditching the Drive-thru: How to Pass Up Processed Foods, Buy Farm Fresh, and Transform Your Family’s Eating Habits on a Modern Mom’s Schedule by J. Natalie Winch


Book Details:

Book Title:  Ditching the Drive-Thru: How to Pass Up Processed Foods, Buy Farm Fresh, and Transform Your Family’s Eating Habits on a Modern Mom’s Schedule by J. Natalie Winch 
Category:  Adult non-fiction,192 pages
Genre:  Healthy Living / Food
Publisher:  Spikehorn Press
Release date:  September 2015
Available for review in:  Print, ebook (mobi for Kindle), ePUB, PDF
Will send print books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  Nov 9 to December 11, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:  

After an exhausting day at work, hitting the drive-thru or nuking a pre-fab meal is all too often the go-to decision for feeding a family. Cooking a meal from scratch using fresh ingredients can seem beyond the average person’s time, energy, or financial means. But with mounting evidence pointing to processed food and our industrial food system as the culprits behind many of our nation’s health problems—including obesity, diabetes, and cancer—it’s now more important than ever to be fully informed about what goes on your family’s dinner plates.

If you’re ready to take control of your food choices but don’t know the difference between grass-fed versus grain-fed, pastured versus free-range, or organic versus sustainable, read this book to discover:

• How to create your own thirty-month plan to convert your family from junk food to real food, without a revolt!

• Recipes and advice on planning and prepping meals so you can make homecooked a habit for your family

• Instructions for getting the most out of produce using techniques such as lacto-fermentation, dehydrating, and canning

•  introduction to the world of farm-direct sales, including tips on locating local farms, seeing through marketing buzzwords, and shopping with CSAs Ditching the Drive-Thru exposes the insidious hold the commercial food industry has taken over the fast-paced lives of the average American and the danger these processed foods and diet plans pose to our health, environment, and emotional wellbeing.

Learn how to break free from the grind and return to a simpler relationship with food from farmers, not factories, and home-cooked meals that are created in your kitchen, not on a conveyor belt.

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J. Natalie Winch author pic

Meet the author:   

J. Natalie Winch lives in southern New Jersey, not far from where she grew up, with her husband, two children, and dogs. When she isn’t mothering, teaching, grading, or making lesson plans, Natalie runs the Hebrew School at her synagogue, coaches soccer, teaches lacto-fermentation classes, writes the occasional entry for her blog Food Empowerment (, and fights the dust bunnies that threaten to take over her family room.

Connect with the author:   Website 

More and more people these days feel challenged by the kitchen.  The popularity of cooking shows has grown in inverse proportion to the number of people who actually cook.  In a sense, cooking has become a spectator sport.

Although I try to eat as healty as possible, I didn’t realize how ignorant I was with respect to the different terminologies describing food culture. For example, what is the difference between the the term “organic” and “all-natural”. What does GMO mean? What exactly does “processed” mean?

Chapter 5 – Making Informed Choices deals with produce, eggs, dairy, meat and fish and how they are controlled by the different industries and associations.

Chapter 7 – Agri-Cabulary explains how to buy healthy meat.

I really enjoyed the chapter on “Corporate Marketing Manipulation”. This chapter explains, amongst other things, the political connection between the government and the FDA or USDA. It also explains food layout in grocery stores, why processed foods are all up and down the aisles while fresh foods are displayed around the perimeter of the store.

The author has given me much “food for thought”. The book is easy to understand (although not exhaustive) and includes a 30 month plan to implement healthier living practices into your lifestyle, easy recipes, how to stock your pantry and how to find a farmer that produces quality food that you can develop a long-term relationship with.

I am going to pass this on to my friends, and will definitely be more pro-active in the way I shop and eat.


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