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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

What kind of people are we?

[UPDATE: Common Chemicals Pose Danger for Fetuses, Scientists Warn]

Who would poison their food for generations to come and not even think about it?

* A new study of hundreds of existing studies and databases concludes that chemicals we put into our environment cause breast cancer. "The researchers named 216 chemicals that induce breast tumors in animals. Of those, people are highly exposed to 97, including industrial solvents, pesticides, dyes, gasoline and diesel exhaust compounds, cosmetics ingredients, hormones, pharmaceuticals, radiation, and a chemical in chlorinated drinking water."

* For years now, we've been warned against eating fish because of mercury contamination. "Federal and state advisories focus on how much and what species of fish can be hazardous to women and children, but there are increasing signs that adult men, and women beyond childbearing age, are also at risk."

* Our oil gluttony knows no limits. No matter what, we must have oil. More, more, MORE! "In violation of Peruvian law, Oxy dumped an average of 850,000 barrels per day of toxic oil by-products from the extraction process, known as 'produced waters,' directly into rivers and streams used by the Achuar for drinking, bathing, washing, and fishing, totaling approximately 9 billion barrels over 30 years of operation."

* Fluoridated water should not be used to mix infant formula. Who knew?

* Chemicals linked to birth defects in canned foods and the consultants tasked to oversee for safety found to have worked for the chemical's manufacturer.

* Globalization means we now get food from anywhere and everywhere. Do they use banned pesticides? Do they follow safe handling rules? Do they wash their hands? Who knows? Who cares?
And while there are a few bright spots, they turn out not to be after all, " U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in a published order said his initial injunction against planting more of Monsanto's herbicide-resistant Roundup Ready alfalfa should stay in place until government studies on its environmental effects are concluded.

The ban is nationwide. An estimated 220,000 acres of Roundup Ready alfalfa have [already] been planted.

Who would do such a thing?

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