Thursday, January 7, 2010

Farmers Urged to Spread Coal Waste on Fields & Virus Sprays on your meat

Two absolutely disgusting news stories about our food. Your food, my food. The food we are eating for life.

This first one is a fluoride flashback-
EPA and the USDA urge farmers to spread Coal Waste on their fields. Yes, you read that correctly coal waste.
 The material is produced by power plant "scrubbers" that remove acid-rain-causing sulfur dioxide from plant emissions. A synthetic form of the mineral gypsum, it also contains mercury, arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. 
But, the EPA says don't worry, the toxins are in such little amounts they won't hurt you
Never mind that these toxins and heavy metals accumulate in your body......
-Although the adverse health effects of heavy metals have been known for a long time, exposure to heavy metals continues, and even increases in some areas, due to their continued production and emission into the environment. Chronic exposure to heavy metals from the food chain and air leads to their accumulation in tissues, and causes various disease states, such as damaged mental and central nervous function, slowly progressing neurological degenerative processes that mimic Alzheimer`s and Parkinson`s diseases, dysfunction of lungs, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs, and possibly cancer.

Nope, won't hurt you a bit!

"This stuff has materials in it that we're trying to prevent entering the environment from coal-fired power plants, and then to turn around and smear it across ag lands raises some real questions." 

Seems odd, doesn't it? Scrub it so it does not enter the air, because it is toxic. Which also prevents it from settling on the soil, because it is toxic. But then spread it on farmers crop fields, because it is beneficial?

I find the last word on this a bit of a joke, a sick joke that is.
"If we can find safe ways to recycle those materials, we're a lot better off doing that than we are creating a whole bunch of new landfills"
By spreading it on farmers fields aren't a whole bunch of new landfills actually being created?

And this yummy story... an older bit of news I had just come across
Viral Meat Spray- advancing food safety?
The FDA has now approved a virus-cocktail spray that might prevent listeriosis. The spray, called LMP 102, is a mixture of six different special viruses called bacteriophages -- viruses that infect only bacteria, not people, animals or plants.
Even though these bacteriophages cannot infect people, are they safe?
Not completely.
 Notice that, there is an odd disconnect between what governments deem safe for consumption and what is really safe?


  1. Yumm...

    licking my chops at the prospect.


    Though, I guess it will go well with the sewer sludge they spread about.


  2. two more:
    cell phone radiation is actually *good* for you...who knew?

    and nanoparticles in food:
    Lord Krebs chaired an inquiry by the House of Lords science and technology committee into the safety of nanotechnology in food, which found that although there is no evidence that the tiny particles are harmful, there are 'large gaps' on our knowledge.

    it's just some 'large gaps.' nothing to worry about.

  3. @ A.Peasant
    Funny the name of that Lord. Krebs means cancer in German, appropriate isn't it?

  4. OMG Gallier, it is very appropriate!