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Dangerous Additives: The Ghosts in Our Diet & the Hydroponics Industry Featured

  • Written by  Cherokee Bridges
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Beware of deadly ghost additives in your food and your plant nutrients. Beware of deadly ghost additives in your food and your plant nutrients.

 

When we think or talk about nutrition, our minds gear us towards thinking about what we are putting in, and seldom, what we should be leaving out. The same holds true for feeding our crops, as well as our bodies. We seek the best quality foods and dietary supplements like vitamins and amino acids, and may even manage the micro-biology that is important to our digestion with bacterial cultures or enzymes.

However, sometimes it's the things that sneak into our bodies or plants, when we think we are doing right by them, that can have the strongest impact on health, and not always in the direction for the better.

For example Tartrazine (also known as FD&C Yellow Number 5) is a common additive in a very wide variety of foods, and even medicines. For example, most orange coloured cheeses contain Tartrazine. However, more surprising things like aspirin and even skim milk may also contain this substance.

Products that make claims to drastically arrest or halt vertical growth at the onset of flowering after application are suspect, and should be questioned if you ever consider buying them from your hydroponics supplier.

The issue here is that Tartrazine is literally industrial waste, and some studies are demonstrating the possibility that there may be a strong correlation to Tatrazine levels in children's diets and behavioral disorders like hyperactivity. Other possible symptoms are migraine headaches, asthma, and thyroid cancer.

A lot of foods’ visual appearance is manufactured to match the way we have been trained to think a particular food should look, even if that appearance is completely un-natural. Bright orange colorations in the aforementioned cheese is just one example.

There is a similar “ghost” lurking in the hydroponics industry, and it's called Paclobutrazol. Very few products containing this substance, which has been shown to have potentially carcinogenic and mutagenic effects, especially when inhaled, are actually labeled as such.

Products that make claims to drastically arrest or halt vertical growth at the onset of flowering after application are suspect, and should be questioned if you ever consider buying them from your hydroponics supplier. Growers looking for shorter and squatter plants with plumper and denser blooms should choose different plant genetics rather than using potentially harmful chemicals to do something nature never intended.

So, hopefully the take away for you from this edition of Cultivate You is awareness. Be aware of not just the products you choose, but what makes up those products; a lot of us aren't looking at the full picture. On the plus side, most of the time there are great tasting or effective alternatives to foods/nutrients that contain these substances - all ya gotta do is ask!

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