November 9, 2010
Part 7, Our Food
In the July 12th issue of Mother Jones magazine, there was an article entitled, “Which Infant Formulas Contain Secret Toxic Chemicals?” I was absolutely appalled, but why should I be when American citizens have been used as guinea pigs for a couple hundred years. And yes, why not start with the babies?
Although artificial human milk is regulated by the FDA, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control found that a thyroid-affecting chemical used in rocket fuel contaminates 15 brands of powdered infant formula including the two most common, Similac and Enfamil produced by Abbott Nutrition and Mead Johnson Nutrition respectively. The International Formula Council blames any unwanted chemicals on the water used to make them. According to the FDA, baby milk in the USA, unlike China, has “extremely low” levels of melamine in the formulas. Don’t you feel better knowing that? Needless to say the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast feeding until at least 6 months and up to a year to avoid these powdered and premixed infant milks.
In my estimation, the poisoning begins at an early age. Is this an “experiment?” I don’t know, but I’d recommend new mothers avoid store bought infant formulas and take up breast feeding to protect their newborns.
Why McDonalds Hamburgers, AND BUNS, Won’t Decompose
That’s right, they don’t grow mold, and they don’t decompose. One young man has a basement full of hamburgers that he started collecting back in 1989. None of them have decomposed in over two decades. Watch this video of Len Foley’s Bionic Burger. Regular burgers and buns have mold all over them in just a matter of days, but not McDonalds’. The reason is the high content of sodium which “preserves” the meat, for uh…20 some years or more. Yummy…wonder what this does to our insides. No forget that, what does it do to our youngsters who crave this stuff because of fast foods’ great commercials targeting our children? I’m a long time baker and confectioner, and I know how long fresh bread lasts, and McDonalds’ “fresh” hamburger buns, never ever deteriorate with mold or fungus like normal breads. Here’s what McDonalds’ own website says is in their buns:
Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, enzymes), water, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, yeast, soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated soybean oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, wheat gluten, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide, soy flour), calcium propionate and sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin.
Eeeewwww….that’s enough for me! Okay, we’ve got skyrocketing obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancers and the nation gobbles this stuff up like candy. Who is stupid enough to eat this non-food that even mold and fungus won’t eat, and FYI fungus will even eat cow manure! We need to reinstate home economics in the education system, but in reality our education has been so dumbed down that it’s no wonder McDonalds is making a fortune. Oh yes, and Ray Kroc’s wife Joan left millions to NPR when she died. (Think of recently fired Juan Williams).
As an aside, years ago my husband knew a young man who worked at his company. He and his wife didn’t cook, and they ate fast food nearly all the time. He ended up in the hospital with malnutrition. I don’t believe that an occasional (for us never) stop at Mickey D’s will kill you, but I sure wouldn’t make a habit of it…and that goes for the rest of the fast foods as well.
I highly recommend reading “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser. You’ll decide never to eat a fast food hamburger again when you know all the facts of how the cattle are slaughtered and America’s most dangerous job of meatpacker.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
GMOs are being pushed allegedly to conquer the food crisis, but in reality GMOs do nothing of the sort and can actually contaminate normally grown foods. The proponents of GMOs claim an increased yield, but in fact over 20 years, the yields of soybean, corn, and feed crops have failed to increase. Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman, former US EPA and US FDA biotech specialist concludes that “traditional breeding” out performs genetically modified crops hands down! He also states there are no GM crops that were genetically engineered to resist drought, reduce fertilizer pollution, or save soil…no not one!
Bill Cristinson, President of the U.S. Family Farm Coalition states that the promise of using less chemicals and producing a greater yield is total hogwash. Even a major UN-World Bank sponsored report compiled by 400 scientists and endorsed by 58 countries concluded that GMOs had little to offer in the way of helping the world’s food supply.
GMO foods have not been shown safe to eat. Genetic modification is really a crude way to instill foreign genetic material (viruses and bacteria) into crops and the consequences are unknown. Animals will avoid GMO foods, even insects and vermin will not eat these food crops. Little testing has been done for safety and only one study has been published on the direct effects of eating GM foods. It found unexpected effects on gut bacteria (which is of extreme worry since the gut is your immune system balance) but was never followed up. Claims that Americans have eaten GM foods for years with no ill effects are false. No one has studied or monitored people who have ingested GM foods for any period of time. Unfortunately, the government has refused to label GM foods; so again, the citizen is a guinea pig for unknown ill effects of an untested crop altering program.
Dr. Suzanne Wuerthele, US Environmental Protection Agency toxicologist states, “We are confronted with the most powerful technology the world has ever known, and it is being rapidly deployed with almost no thought whatsoever to its consequences.”
Everyone has heard of Mad Cow disease and most understand that the cause is feed contaminated with bones from dead animals, purposely put in the grain allegedly to enhance the feed...but in fact, causes this deadly disease. As well, stealth GMOs are in animal feeds without the consent of consumers. Meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals raised on the millions of tons of GM feed imported into Europe do not have to be labeled. Are they force fed the GM food or is it simply intermixed? We don’t know. However, GM crops fed to animals can appear in the resulting product and the animals’ health can be affected as well as the health of those eating the animals or their byproducts, eggs and dairy.
GM seed prices in America have increased dramatically compared to normal and organic seeds, which in effect cuts the average farm incomes for those growing GM crops. The farms that have been growing GM seeds are now dealing with the consequences of increased pricing as well as having their soil contaminated with genetically altered seeds and crops.
GM contamination of conventional food is increasing. For example, a one year test of GM rice grown in a field was found to have extensively contaminated the US rice supply and seed stocks. Canada’s oilseed rape industry (Canola) has been destroyed by contamination from GM rapeseed. The coexistence of normal seeds and crops with GM’s is practically impossible. Once it spreads, it is impossible to grow normal crops as the soil is contaminated and the genetic alterations spread. It is a one way choice, once it’s made, it cannot be reversed. For an overview of the worldwide contamination of GMOs in fish, insects, crops, trees, plants, etc, see this link.
The big biotech firms (especially Monsanto) pushing their genetically altered foods have a terrible history of toxic contamination and public deception. Of course they have patents on the GMO’s and that allows them to control and monopolize the world’s food supply. They have even started harassing and intimidating farmers for the “crime” of saving patented seed or “stealing” patented genes – even if those genes got into the farmer’s fields through accidental contamination by wind or insects. Farmers are being sued for having GMOs on their property that they never wanted, never bought and never knew about and don’t intend to use. It’s gotten totally out of hand. Do you see the picture of control with the food industry…and America the bread basket of the world!
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Our water is filled with the poison of fluoride, and now our food is contaminated by being genetically altered with viruses and bacteria that no honest consumer would ever want to eat. And we don’t even know which foods we buy are GMOs. Again, it appears this is part of the big picture to control our food and the population of the world. I’d bet the Rockefeller Foundation for Population Control and their friends are behind this entire plan. If you have a little piece of land, grow your own and learn to can fruits, vegetables, and meats just like our grandparents did.
Life is changing radically in America and sadly most are not prepared to care for themselves without the help of the state as we once were in generations past.
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Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots.