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Excerpt: 'We are increasingly exposed to thousands of chemicals that haven’t really been tested (plastics are full of them).'

Juan Cole; public intellectual, prominent blogger, essayist and professor of history. (photo: Informed Comment)
Juan Cole; public intellectual, prominent blogger, essayist and professor of history. (photo: Informed Comment)



Ten Ways Corporate Food Is Threatening Our Food Supplies

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

23 September 12

 

hile it is much better than the fascisms of the Right and the Left, one of the big drawbacks of corporate democracy is that the people are often outgunned. Large corporations account for half of the national economy and pay more for lobbyists to write and pass laws in Congress favorable to themselves than they do in Federal taxes. The way in which the Congressional committees that are supposed to watch certain industries actually become beholden to them is called ‘legislative capture.’

For this reason, I don’t entirely trust the US government any more to look out for our health. We are increasingly exposed to thousands of chemicals that haven’t really been tested (plastics are full of them). We’re not even given the courtesy of knowing which foods are genetically modified so we can make a market choice for the natural ones.

Here are the top ten disturbing news stories about our food that have come across my screen in recent days, and which inspire a certain amount of alarm in me.

1) Sugary, i.e. non-diet soft drinks make you fat, especially if you are genetically at greater risk of being fat. According to a study about to appear in the New England Journal of Medicine, teens who had genes that disposed them to put on weight easily were twice as likely to be obese if they drank a lot of soda pop. Pre-modern human beings who lived in conditions of food scarcity probably tried to bulk up when they saw a drought becoming prolonged, and there would have been a survival advantage to being able to put on weight quickly when you were trying. So likely those teens’ bodies thought all the sugar they were being fed was a sign of famine coming, and obliged by storing a lot of fat to get through it. For a certain percentage of the population, extra calories are actually subject to a multiplier effect inside their own bodies. (It can even happen to Lady Gaga.)

Soft drinks have like 160- 180 calories per can and nobody can afford all that in their diet even once daily.

In other words, not only is Mayor Bloomberg’s policy of banning supersized soft drinks in New York justified, actually people should just never drink sugary soft drinks.

2)Here’s the kicker. It isn’t just the sugar that puts some people at risk of obesity. It is bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical used to coat the aluminum cans in which soft drinks come (as well as soup and other cans) so as to prevent them from rusting. A recent study in JAMA found that the one fourth of the thousands of children and adolescents in their study that had the most BPA in their urine were twice as likely to be obese as those in the one fourth that had the least BPA. So I guess if they were drinking sugary sodas out of cans, they were really doomed to be obese. BPA has been implicated in other studies in “diabetes, cardiovascular disease, reproductive disorders, and obesity in adults.”

Think you can get away from BPA by avoiding cans and going to plastic bottles instead? Think again. It is widely used in the making of clear plastics, and there is evidence that it seeps into us from them.

Glass is better.

When exactly will the US government have enough evidence to ban BPA? When we’re all 400 pounds?

3)The Consumer Union has found concerning levels of arsenic in American-grown rice. Apparently much rice in the US is grown in the Southwest and West on land that used to be used for cotton, on which arsenic-laden pesticides were used for decades. Arsenic can cause cancer. Me, I never like to hear the phrases “arsenic” and “in your food” in the same sentence.

4)Over-use of antibiotics may be making us fat. There is now scientific evidence that the antibiotics activate bacteria that are good at turning carbohydrates into fat. That is, the Atkins and Manhattan diets may work mainly because a lot of people’s gut microbe population had already been messed with by the antibiotics. People are always trying to get antibiotics for their children with viruses, which can’t anyway be treated that way. Ironically, they may not only be giving them medicine inappropriate to their malady but may be priming them for diabetes and heart disease later in life.

5) Speaking of antibiotics, 150 scientists and physicians are calling for the end of non-medical antibiotics being routinely administered to livestock. All that is happening is that we are evolving bacteria to be resistant to antibiotics, and are already killing 100,000 Americans a year that way (more than die of AIDS). This baneful practice, they warn, has to stop.

6) Genetically modified corn, treated with the pesticide Roundup, were found by a French team of scientists to cause more frequent and more rapidly growing tumors in rats than ordinary corn. The study has been criticized and it is based on a small N. But, I’ll tell you what. Let us decide. Could we please have the genetically modified vegetables marked as such, Congress? I know we ordinary folk don’t pay you the way the corporations pay you, but you are supposed to be representing us lab rats too.

7) The global collapse of bee colonies, a severe threat to the world food supply, according to three new studies, is likely being in some part caused by a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. France and Germany have already banned them. But Corporatocracy America has not. Are there other factors involved in the great bee die-off? Sure, but why not remove a major factor when we can? Oh, and by the way, see 4 above, because another cause may be genetically modified plants that have absorbed pesticides into their genetic structure.

8) It is not just what corporations put in our food. It is also how they produce it that endangers us. Industrialized, often state-subsidized fishing is rapidly depleting world fish stocks. I’ve heard David Suzuki worry that half of all marine species could be extinct in 50 years at this rate, between overfishing and ocean acidification (caused by all the extra carbon we are pumping into the air at the Koch brothers’ behest).

9) Blooms and dead zones in coastal waters from the run-off from corporate farming of massive amounts of nitrogen fertilizer are threatening the health of our seas.

10) 40% of US corn production goes to making ethanol, and at a time of drought and high food prices, this policy is indefensible. The US has to relax the laws mandating ethanol. Although ethanol claims to be carbon-neutral because the corn takes carbon dioxide out of the air when it is growing, processing it into ethanol releases a lot of greenhouse gases. Moreover the policy of burning it in cars is apparently on the verge of causing malnutrition.

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+51 # PABLO DIABLO 2012-09-23 13:44
Thank you Juan Cole. Time to wake up and ACT.
 
 
+52 # bingers 2012-09-23 13:48
Big surprise. Agribusiness needs to go the way of the dodo and small farmers need to be supreme. Corporate spending on politics needs to go too. The term lobbyist came from the practice of corporate representatives meeting up with politicians to bribe them in the lobbies of hotels because corporate donations were illegal then. The founding fathers who the Republicans claim to worship, but whose actual policies they detest were the smartest politicians ever, with a few exceptions.
 
 
+16 # brux 2012-09-23 14:56
A big part of it is what you and I spend our money on.
 
 
+17 # Cliff 2012-09-23 20:03
Quoting brux:
A big part of it is what you and I spend our money on.

Yes, but they oppose labels. How are you supposed to avoid genetically modified food if it isn't labeled?
 
 
+14 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-09-23 16:55
Quoting bingers:
Big surprise. Agribusiness needs to go the way of the dodo and small farmers need to be supreme. Corporate spending on politics needs to go too. The term lobbyist came from the practice of corporate representatives meeting up with politicians to bribe them in the lobbies of hotels because corporate donations were illegal then. The founding fathers who the Republicans claim to worship, but whose actual policies they detest were the smartest politicians ever, with a few exceptions.

Touché
 
 
+7 # Capn Canard 2012-09-23 19:14
amen...
 
 
+51 # Corvette-Bob 2012-09-23 14:26
We are being poisoned by our environment and that is partially what the Presidential election is about. Why do you think the Koch Brothers are spending $ 400 million to elect Mitt Romney? They love to support democracy. No so their coal (clean coal) can spew 50 tons of mercury into the air and come down on the food supply. If Obama is reelected they will have to put scrubbers on their smoke stacks which will cost them billions. So spending a mere $ 400 will reap them billions is savings. Good business investment.
 
 
+27 # Kasandra 2012-09-23 14:29
I'm glad the American population is finally waking up. Great purification has to happen in our Country on the most basic levels. Foreign countries seemed to have used us as mirrors for their own aggressive acts to experience profit. The downside of this is that they are not very conscious about industrial or nuke waste. All this in order to compete with the U.S. which is bringing an almost irreversible imbalance to the planet that supports all life.
 
 
+38 # brux 2012-09-23 14:55
It seems trite or silly to say it, but everything we thought we knew is wrong! I am so mad about this stuff being in my food all my life before I had any choice or idea about it.

Now I buy organic and even have been setting up and developing how to grow as much of my own food as I can. It's fun, but not everyone can have the time and resources to grow their food. We depend on our agricultural industry and all they seem to want to do is to make their customers sick so they can pass them on to the medical industry.
 
 
+23 # Eliza D 2012-09-23 16:13
So glad you are starting to grow your own. I don't know what will happen with Proposition 37-everything seems so hopeless now-but we always have the power of the boycott. Stop buying this poison. Let the packaged and canned poison sit in the supermarket,unt il the producers get a clue and begin to change the system. Everyone can grow something, even if it's in a bucket in front of a window. Look into natural remedies for illness, too. There's a lot of info out there. I am learning that the old ways are the best. We have to reclaim lost knowledge and leave these corporadoes to writhe in their own pesticides and GMOs.
 
 
+4 # Cliff 2012-09-23 20:06
Smart.
 
 
+25 # zitzwitz@mac.com 2012-09-23 15:07
Forgive this four letter word. In this case however I believe it is more than appropriate. The bottom line is simply: Don't f&%#
with Mother Nature. In th long run we will loose.
Remember, it took only a few million years of evolution to keep the balance. In our arrogance we think we can change it in just a few years?
 
 
+26 # Old Man 2012-09-23 15:14
We are killing the world we live in do to corporate farming,coal and oil the most toxic of all. If you don't have bee's you don't have real food.
They just keep kicking us in the mouth and expect us to smile.
 
 
+24 # Mrcead 2012-09-23 15:41
Jeez. It's like someone put a brick on the accelerator pedal of production and walked away.

A room full of men deciding the fate of billions they can't even empathize with is soooo bad of an idea on so many levels. All of those 80's movies about evil corporations taking over have come true. Perhaps that's where this lot of jokers got the idea from.
 
 
+30 # Vardoz 2012-09-23 15:44
Our food supply is Fked. Tens of thousands of chemicals for decades pouring into our environemnt as the substance Control Act has allowed companies to saturate our environment with countless poisons. Recently all produce was tested positive for jet fuel. Just the runoff per year is = to 99 days of water going over NiagraFalls.

Wildlife are dying in the billions. If that's not the Canary in the coal mine I don't know what is and then we have GMO's which is proving to be very harmful in lab animal testing. And then there are all the synthetic hormones in our plastics, in our animal feed, heavy metals in our soil and fallout from coal fire plants and every day stuff like round up ready and all the toxic shit we put on our lawns and are in our water ways. And then there are all the pollutants that come out of cars- I think it's too late- Stanford just came out with a report that there are almost as many pesticides in so called organic food as there is in the regular crap they sell us. Humans are on a roll and there's no one there to stop it. This is what happens when there are no teeth in regulations, when the health of people and everything else are not taken into consideration. We just have to hope that us and our children can live long healthly lives. It's a very grave and such a tragic stiutation. I feel assaulted from all sides.
 
 
+10 # usedtobesupermom 2012-09-24 08:25
It is the Canary in the coal mine- yet too many Americans are more interested in gadgets- the latest "Smart" phone or celebrities.

Sad that they have been so brainwashed they can't see what's in front of their faces. They DON'T CARE that they're being poisoned along with every living thing. I call it WILLFUL IGNORANCE. I'm being nice.
You should hear some of the replies/rsponse s I get when talking to people about this. MANY times I have to ask myself "are they really that dumb or is it they just don't care?"

There used to be teeth in the regulations-but over the years they have been weakened or outright gutted. Newer regulations aren't always what they seem to be or what they say they are-since the likes of ALEC & others like them write the laws that our SO-CALLED representatives sign into law.

Many of the regulations- like the "Clean Air Act", "Clean Water Act", "Safe Drinking Water Act", and MANY others were because of Ralph Nader.

The Business Roundtable & the US Chamber Of Commerce hate him & even a SCOTUS Justice (before taking a seat on the bench) made sure that Mr. Nader would become a pariah instead of the hero he actually is.
 
 
+14 # WolfTotem 2012-09-23 16:03
Corporate democracy – “better than the fascisms of the Right and the Left”? Sorry, that’s bullshit. The only sense in it is to have spoken of fascism right-wing and left.
True, the one-way feudalism which you oxymoronically call “corporate democracy”, in which the Lordships Corporate enjoy all rights, without having to provide serfs any protection in return, is a “soft” up-to-date despotism, without the monstrous paraphernalia of 20th century totalitarianism . Yet no less despotic. It too is a criminal regime. No respecter of persons, save “persons corporate” and a very few multibillionair e oligarchs, this is a power untrammeled, self-serving and answerable only to itself. No checks, no balances, save those provided by cutthroat competition. Poisoning us, a mere side effect.
This power is parasitic. It feeds off people, “consumers” and “human resources”, as it feeds off the planet. Its greed is limitless, earth’s resources are not. Its world is not habitable. “It is hard and cold like those depots in which are piled up goods that cannot satisfy: neither clothe the naked, nor feed the hungry.” [Emmanuel LEVINAS] Its rationale is grossly unbalanced, incompatible with the needs of life and the living. Unchecked, a black hole engulfing both present and future.
 
 
+23 # Lulie 2012-09-23 16:36
My grandparents used to catch halibut off the Manhattan Beach pier in Southern California. No halibut has been seen anywhere near there in many decades. Fish used to be plentiful and cheap, and we didn't used to have to worry about toxins. Makes me sad to think of all the little kids that are inheriting such a screwed-up world.
 
 
+11 # reiverpacific 2012-09-23 17:32
Quoting Lulie:
My grandparents used to catch halibut off the Manhattan Beach pier in Southern California. No halibut has been seen anywhere near there in many decades. Fish used to be plentiful and cheap, and we didn't used to have to worry about toxins. Makes me sad to think of all the little kids that are inheriting such a screwed-up world.

And now we have the still-leaking and leaching Fukushima detritus, seen and unseen, to be concerned about on the US and Canadian west coast, as if the Hanford mess slowly but surely working it's way into the Colombia River were not enough already.
 
 
-20 # Smokey 2012-09-23 17:16
Juan Cole has given us another lengthy article about food that never mentions the fact that more and more Americans are sinking into poverty and dependence on "food stamps". He's not interested in the millions of American workers who are exploited by the food industry, although, yes, he's concerned about laboratory rats... .. Amazing! Cole's first concern is that (gosh) a lot of Americans are drinking sodas and he then declares Mayor Bloomeberg was justified when he used the power of city government to outlaw supersized sugar drinks... Is this the food-related discussion that liberals are eager to develop? How does Bloomberg's "ban the sodas" campaign move us towards freedom,
responsibility, abd a better world? Once again, government restricts freedom but it doesn't feed the hungry or improve the lives of the poor.... NOTE TO OCCUPY MOVEMENT: If you want an example of how "progressives" can drift into nonsense, and away from the basic concerns of economic justice, read Juan Cole's praise for Mayor Bloomberg. If you want a real campaign that does some good, meet with the people who depend on WIC and soup kitchens. Talk with the waitress and the market clerk who are trying to feed their children and their grandparents. Let Bloomberg and Cole agonize over "supersized sugar drinks."
Feed the hungry. Honor the workers.
 
 
+19 # DPM 2012-09-23 20:37
OCCUPY note to Smokey: If you could get off your "high horse" for just a moment, you will see, in this article and other non-corporate news, that it is the big corporate AG and processing companies that are telling government what to do. The government only acts as their lackeys and police force. The government isn't the root problem, it is their masters...corpo rations, corporate money and their defenders that are at the root of the problems in this article. Make the government work for the "real people" not the "corporate people".
 
 
+15 # reiverpacific 2012-09-23 17:29
Corporate matricide of it is.
I mean, would the CEO's, lobbyists and worker-drones that comprise these alleged Corporate "persons" as designated by the Supreme Lawyers-with Robes, kill their mothers?
The Planet IS our mother and yet many, if not most of us are the malignant cancerous cells we are attempting to subjugate and kill her with.
Anthony Bourdain and Eric Schlosser (author of "Fast Food Nation" a must read if this article rings yer alarm bells at all) actually challenged some fast-food marketing executives in a recent debate by asking them if THEY and their families ate or even lived near any of their company-franchi sed outlets in the "strips" of suburbia, or near their big-agra suppliers and they finally, after much typically Corporate-speak rationalization , plucked-out-of the-air statistics and evasive hot air, grudgingly answered in the negative.
Let THEM eat their own shit-cake!
 
 
+5 # usedtobesupermom 2012-09-24 08:33
They should have their swimming pools filled with the waste from the waste ponds of the CAFO's. Make them eat ONLY GMO foods. They should be made to drink the water from the wells & aquifers that were contaminated by fracking, they should be made to suffer ALL THE TOXIC EFFECTS that they cause to those not in their league.
 
 
+9 # Vinush 2012-09-23 17:43
Corporate food is threatening our food supplies because of the evil system of money.
It is as simple as that.
Most people are under the incorrect assumption that money is the consequence of human evolution and thousands of years of barter and trade. As hard as this may be for some people to accept, that is an incorrect assumption. Meticulous scrutiny of our human history shows very clearly that money was introduced several thousand years ago, by a small group of royal political elites as the supreme tool of enslavement of the masses. Since the very first introduction of money this small group of very powerful individuals have controlled the printing and supply of money, and thereby control the activities on planet Earth.

Money is the obstacle to all progress and the cause of all misery on Earth.
Money is the major contributing factor to the gross separation and segregation in society.
Money is the cause of 99% of crime.
Money causes families to fall apart.
Money is the driving force behind ego, gluttony, jealousy, greed, envy and all the ugliest aspects of humanity.
 

The solution is quite clear. REMOVE the problem.

Remove MONEY from society
 
 
+13 # CC1951 2012-09-23 19:08
Isn't money the " Bain" of all evil?
 
 
+11 # CC1951 2012-09-23 18:02
There is no doubt about it. "It" is something that we've known for years--pollutio n, over-fishing, lax laws against corporations doing their own things--just to make money. I was used to swimming either in streams or the bay in the Pacific Northwest, no more. Then this also leads to erosion of the soil and threatens the beautiful trees. If I've seen the change in my lifetime... it is only a short period of time that the next generation sees it. As the mess is vastly accelerating.
 
 
+19 # brownv 2012-09-23 18:07
I have had red blotches around my eyes and on my forehead for, literally, months. Couldn't figure out the cause. Changed shampoo, eliminated make-up. No luck. Dermatologist said they were "hives." Tried to figure out what food was the culprit. Finally my daughter pointed out that I was hospitalized with hives after taking penicillin 32 YEARS ago. Bingo. Bought only foods that state they are antibiotic free and the hives vanished. This is merely an example of how saturated our foods are with antibiotics. We're getting them all the time. I'm just the canary in the mine. And now I get to spend lots more money on food if I want to avoid hives. Great.
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2012-09-24 20:51
Quoting brownv:
I have had red blotches around my eyes and on my forehead for, literally, months. Couldn't figure out the cause. Changed shampoo, eliminated make-up. No luck. Dermatologist said they were "hives." Tried to figure out what food was the culprit. Finally my daughter pointed out that I was hospitalized with hives after taking penicillin 32 YEARS ago. Bingo. Bought only foods that state they are antibiotic free and the hives vanished. This is merely an example of how saturated our foods are with antibiotics. We're getting them all the time. I'm just the canary in the mine. And now I get to spend lots more money on food if I want to avoid hives. Great.

Crikey! 32 years!
Thanks for the post: -scary stuff indeed, especially for those with less than robust immune systems. This saturation of foods with all that stuff must also compromise immune systems over time. Glad I grew up in a less sanitary edra, more reliant on locally grown, raised and less processed foods, which my wife and I are gradually getting back to as a benefit of living near several organic farmers and ranches, and that I've been around the world eating and learning to cook the street foods of many cultures in less than sanitary environments but cooked in such a way as to eliminate bacteria by high heat, spice or acidulate marinades.
 
 
+16 # Penelope Jencks 2012-09-23 18:24
If the guys who use GMO seeds & pesticides refuse to label their products, why can't the ones who don't label theirs "GMO Free". That way we could buy only food that has not been genetically modified (if we can find it!)
 
 
+8 # usedtobesupermom 2012-09-24 04:28
Well when a dairy farmer (I think it was in Maine)- who also delivered the milk, had HORMONE FREE Dairy labeled on his products & the same advertising delivery truck, Monsanto sued him & won.
 
 
0 # michelle 2012-09-25 13:04
There are foods out there. Lundberg eco farmed basmati rice is labeled. Lundberg is also supporting the label GMO bill out here in California. It's a bit more expensive but worth the cost. I love popcorn but with all the GMO popcorn I thought it was gone from my diet. I found a company online, Just Poppin, that sells non-GMO popcorn. I have to pay for shipping of course but still worth the price. I'm buying some in large quantities and using it for holdiay presents. Finally shop farmer's markets and know your growers. You'll find your food costs go down when you shop local and cook from scratch.
 
 
+7 # Cliff 2012-09-23 20:14
I have started wondering and reading about what goes into vitamins lately. They beat the soil up on corporate farms to produce as much as possible, regardless of nutrition content, then sell you vitamins, too. Trouble vitamin pills are chemically very different from the vitamins in food.
 
 
+12 # unitedwestand 2012-09-23 20:48
Regarding item six, here in California in November we have Prop. 37 which if it passes GMO foods have to be labeled, even in the produce shelves. So, Californians, VOTE YES ON 37.
 
 
+7 # michele6933 2012-09-23 22:23
Americans are flighty, they are easy to raise hell and shout but easier yet to forgive, forget and return to life as usual. So we thank the author, promise to use glass containers and sugar-free drinks and promptly snap open a Pepsi . Monsanto knows that, the Koch Bros know that, the agri-business knows that and the lobbyists know it too . So nothing changes.It's business as usual .
 
 
+8 # usedtobesupermom 2012-09-24 04:24
regarding sugar free drinks- I hope you don't mean diet or anything with aspartame aka NutraSweet. That sweetener used to be used as ant poison- Thank Donald Rumsfeld for it being in our food & drinks.
 
 
+3 # usedtobesupermom 2012-09-24 04:20
Not only all the poisons in our food- the US government & the UN are poisoning every living thing from the sky.
Geo-engineering AKA Chemtrails are being sprayed all over the world. They are poison! Here's a list (not complete) of what's in them. All you have to do is LOOK UP!


Aluminum Oxide

Barium Oxide (see recent study here)

Bacteria such as Anthrax and Pneumonia Nine chemicals, including Acetylcholine Chloride

Twenty six heavy metals including Arsenic, Gold, Lead, Mercury, Silver, Uranium and Zinc

Four molds and fungi

Seven viruses

Two cancers

Two vaccines

Two sedatives

E.coli Salmonella

Thorium

(looks like the site where I got this is being censored.)

H
 
 
0 # usedtobesupermom 2012-09-24 08:37
sorry about the H. Anyway you might want to try it yourself: usahitman.com Maybe it will work for you. I was able to reach it on Saturday- but not today.
 
 
0 # WolfTotem 2012-09-24 09:23
Are you quite sure that ain't just the latest URBAN LEGEND?
Even if there is some fire behind the smoke, there sure is an element of paranoia... But then, let's not forget that fear suits tyrants – so, BEWARE whenever you see a government, a politician (or a corporation) that's out to scare you, whether it's at state or city level or like the George W. Bush administration using 9/11 and lies (about something even more under-the-belt than what was used against Clinton) to manipulate people into double-whammy terror so they'll do whatever the powers-that-be want them to. Like getting so scared of... Iraq (of all countries) that they’ll let their masters make war on it… Whenever you see such scare tactics, WAKE UP! Those are among the first signs of SUBVERSION. They’re out to terrify you so they can install the kind of regime THEY want, while you hide down a hole…
When anyone makes wild accusations – death panels? Obama an Islamist Soshlist furriner? – that tells you far more about THEM. When anyone tries to scare you, think: what have THEY to gain from it? The ironic thing: there’s plenty to fear, but most of it comes straight from the conmen who’re trying to divert your attention while they make their heist…
 
 
+9 # independentmind 2012-09-24 05:45
The fertilizer run off is a problem for our lakes and drinking water supplies out here in the rural areas where all this corn is grown. Just look at some of the lakes in Ohio and the toxic algae growing in them that is ruining the lakes as a source of tourism and drinking water! And all to feed corn to cows that cannot digest it?! Something wrong with this picture..
 
 
+2 # panhead49 2012-09-24 14:35
Quoting independentmind:
The fertilizer run off is a problem for our lakes and drinking water supplies out here in the rural areas where all this corn is grown. Just look at some of the lakes in Ohio and the toxic algae growing in them that is ruining the lakes as a source of tourism and drinking water! And all to feed corn to cows that cannot digest it?! Something wrong with this picture..


We have the same problem where I live (in a County that is home to the oldest known natural lake in Northern Hemisphere) - we'd get occassional algae problems but most the time Clear Lake was actually clear. Then it became a wine appelation area and the algae & lakeweed have been uncontrollable since then. But our great local government decided to monitor what was going into the lake (fertilizers & other chemicals) by installing monitors - above the vineyards instead of between them and the Lake. So much mercury in the water (from abandoned mercury mines) that there are actual warning about eating fish from the Lake (especially pregnant women & children).

And BpA's have been known about since the 90's - our paternal society is on it's way to becoming very maternal - exclusively.

Congrats humanity - you've totally crapped all over the only nest you'll ever have.
 
 
+1 # Corazone 2012-09-24 10:24
hile it is much better than the fascisms of the Right and the Left, ..."

Please, please, let's stop using the term "fascism" to mean whatever nebulous concept you want it to. "Fascisms of the right and left" makes absolutely no sense if one includes the economic aspect where big business works hand-in-glove with government. It would be far better to use terms such as totalitarianism or repressive regimes than fascisms. Sloppy writing like this leads to muddy thinking and even the belief among many that there is no difference between fascism and socialism.
 
 
+2 # tswhiskers 2012-09-24 11:42
Actually we would all benefit from avoiding corn in our diets. Most of us already eat far more corn than we realize every time we eat meat. Cattle esp. are fed corn, not because it's nutritious (it isn't) but because it has a lot of sugar which fattens them and marbleizes the meat. Corn is pure sugar; I read a story here on RSN about a farmer who fed candy that was unfit for sale to his cattle because corn was too expensive. The only thing corn provides is roughage. We (and the cattle) would be far healthier eating grass-fed beef. So if you can afford grass-fed beef, go for it.
 
 
-2 # Marcus Listone 2012-09-24 23:35
When I got to the bottom of the article and there was a link stating "more news?" I lost faith in humanity if it actually thinks that this is news. Babies always have blank stares that early on, anything more than that is points of view of obviously depressed or deranged people. The way people waste there time on this article is depressing.
 
 
-1 # Marcus Listone 2012-09-24 23:50
Sorry for previous comment, that was for another article, here's for this one. Web "NEWS" the new medium for scare tactics and propaganda. If your worried about your health that's your prerogative. Do a little research and you will find out what is, or is not in your food. The only reason corporations are so powerful now is because of generations of lazy consumers. If everyone researched and only bought food that was good for them than corporations would have to conform to the needs and standards of the people to make profit. Also the evidence that people with can-liner in there systems and them happening to be fat? You didn't present any proof that that caused them to be fat. They were probably fat because everything they ate or drank came from a can, which with the loads of preservatives keeping the food from expiring actually makes it harder to lose weight.
 
 
+2 # Doggone 2012-09-25 09:05
Thanks Juan! This information is not news but it is nicely compiled for the reader. It is long overdue that the public stand up and demand to know what the farmers are putting into the soils and the animals and our foods. We should have the right to know. Organic Consumers Association is behind prop 37 in Calif. to make labeling mandatory. Monsanto with its deep pockets is fighting this. If you want to help this come into law then get behind California's prop 37 with some money. It has been said, the way California goes, there goes the rest of the country. So if this fails as Monsanto wants, then what?
 
 
0 # Doggone 2012-09-25 12:24
Read this and if you care, donate.


http://organicconsumers.org/letter-9-25.htm
 

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