Is It Safe To Eat?

In my article "The Poisoning of America" I was talking about the issues concerning the safety of imported foods America's offer in light of recent concerns about grain from China that were contaminated with melamine. The recent Washington Post article by Rick Weiss has more interest in this subject, since the actual contamination has been found that in not only the gluten, but wheat flour. Apparently, this flour has its way into food for fish farms raise new concernsthat fish stocks be contaminated.
According to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, which the subcommittee that funds the FDA, "Our food safety system is broken chairs."
This is not good news for American consumers. "Our food is broken" is actually an understatement. We are poisoned, not only from the outside, but a large part of our problem comes from its own supplies of food and processing system. The following surprising news about food in the U.S. The generatedInformation comes from the UNEP / UNESCO:

Are consumers at risk when eating meat from animals that have been treated with growth hormones? Women are especially invite a higher risk of intake of hormone-treated meat?

• be in the United States, approximately 36 million cattle per year increased to (beef for U.S. consumers, 2 / 3 of the cattle around 24 million cows) are given hormones to help, so they grow faster., (1)

• According to the Cattlemen'sBeef Association, 90% of all U.S. feedlot cattle hormone implants;

• According to expert scientists, is that of the European Union, the use of growth hormones in food animals appointed a potential risk to the health of the consumer. The scientists reported that hormone residues in meat to the consumer from these animals to disrupt hormone balance, cause development problems, impaired fertility and even lead to the development of cancer;

• Children andpregnant women are most strongly to these negative effects on health. Hormone residues in beef are also thought to cause the early onset of puberty in girls. Thus girls are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other forms of cancer, (3)

• As a result of these health risks, the European Union has banned the use of hormonal substances for growth promotion in farm animals, and has banned imports of hormone-treated beef since 1988, (4)

• TheU.S. and Canada contested the prohibition and in 1997 decided by a panel of the WTO that the EU measure not in accordance with the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), (5)

• In April 2004, revelations that fed up to 90% of U.S. calves are synthetic testosterone illegally sent a shock wave through the meat industry, leading to a crackdown by the government, and new worries about the effects of hormones on the food supply . In interviews with the media, calf –Industry representatives said that the calves have been fed growth hormones for decades. Officials with the Food and Drug Administration, however, say this has never been legal and the safety of this practice has not been tested. (6)
Scientists have also found themselves on the environmental effects of hormone residues in cow dung are affected …

• If manure is excreted, these hormones can contaminate surface and groundwater, thereby harming local ecosystems. Ecosystemsparticularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of hormone residues, recent studies have shown that exposure to hormones, a significant influence on fertility and egg production of fish;

• A study of cows treated with melengestrol allowed (an artificial growth hormone for use in the U.S.) found that 12% of the hormone by the cows went directly into the slurry.

The British newspaper The Guardian also weighed on the additive inIssue. In the 8th May an article by Felicity Lawrence, she presented some early findings from a study by the University of Southampton.

"Researchers at the University of Southampton have combinations of synthetic dyes and preservatives that a child can consume on average per day, what impact they had examined the behavior of the measure. A source at the University of the food industry magazine the Grocer last week said that their results demonstrated findings first made seven years agothat cause the additives to behavioral problems, as linked, for example, temper tantrums, difficulty in concentration and hyperactivity, and allergic reactions. "

The article further stated that some of the additives used are banned in the U.S., but there can be little doubt that the problems in the British study also discusses major issues that are to appear in American youth. There is little doubt that American children are overweight, are sexually active too soon plagued by a growing range ofBehavioral and allergic diseases, and they certainly are hyperactive. We are poisoning our own children and ourselves with mixtures of chemicals and hormones to be our undoing.

There is a small glimmer of hope, but it is rather sparse. It seems that be heard by the dairy industry, consumers, and can deliver at least the hormones from the milk. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 7 March, noted the following:

Richard Cotta, CEO of California Dairies Inc.the nation's second-largest dairy cooperative, which is managed by a simple business philosophy: "If you want milk with little blue dots will, you have it, unless you are willing to pay for them.''
So, if a number of large customers, including supermarket giant Safeway, came to his co-op said they would no longer accept milk from cows treated with genetically engineered growth hormone, the Co-op bowed to the inevitable. "

This is a start, but there is no question as Rep. DeLauro says that our system is broken. Who needs terrorists have the right, if we create our own corporate terrorists here at home? Is our food safe? Let the invitation of Rep. DeLauro for reform. But we can also be lost several generations of chemical poisoning, you can not go away!

Mr. Harris was born in Massachusetts. He attended the American University in Washington, DC and received his degree in political science. His graduate work was done on> University of Northern Colorado and Howard University. While in DC, he spent several years on local and regional authorities. After moving to Maine he worked with three presidents and served the Deputy Director of the Maine State Planning Office. He worked on a White House Task Force for developing a national policy for rural areas and later as coordinator for rural areas at the Federal Regional Council of New England. He has worked gubernatorial electionsand Senate elections, political campaigns and currently works in Special Education.

Mr. Harris is co-author of the novel WAKING GOD and is a nationally syndicated and featured writer for The American Chronicle. He is working on Volume II of the Waking God trilogy and writing features for literary E-zines. His second novel, A MAINE CHRISTMAS CAROL was released by Cambridge Books. Co-writer for UPI's Religion & Spirituality web site.


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