The FDA would like you to die a slow, painful death

by twit

Via the Consumerist on July 3, 2008, there is a database from the Environmental Working Group, a watchdog organization that lets you search for your brand of sunblock and review the findings of scientific studies that detail the cancer-causing, reproductive organ-damaging, endocrine system-disrupting chemicals that places like Japan have banned and regulated, but the FDA has done nothing about.

The baby care section is terrifying. Skin care is even worse. Think you’re doing alright by getting that hypoallergenic makeup? Think again!

An advanced search of the site can be conducted here. The organic products listing is a lot of fun, if you like freaking out about suddenly realizing that ‘organic’ is absolutely no guarantee that a product is anywhere close to being considered by scientists to be safe for human use.

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Incompetence We Trust

by twit

https://i1.wp.com/justintrawick.com/journal/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/Simpsons_3EyeFish.jpgThe Associated Press is on fire this week, releasing several reports on American food safety and water quality that highlight horrific, decades-long failures of the EPA, FDA and the Agriculture Department to protect public health and safety.

We’ve learned this past week that the light in the fridge has been broken for some time, it’s just been hard to tell with the food glowing in the dark. We’ve also learned that in order to calm down about that alarming discovery, we should simply drink a nice glass of tap water, because there are plenty of pharmaceutical goodies in there that could help.

Today, in the second of a three-part series, the Associated Press is looking at “Mutated Fish Swimming In Tainted Water,” hooray.

It’s going to take a lot of tap water to take the edge off the twit’s keen anticipation for the third installment in this series…

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but will it give us superpowers?

by twit

It looks like there has been “widespread contamination” of the American food supply over the past 30 years, with arsenic, toxic heavy metals, PCBs, you name the nastiness and it may have found its way into milk, corn, beef, basically anything raised on a farm that has accepted the government’s idea of cheap fertilizer.

On March 6, 2008, the Associated Press reports on an ongoing “30-year government policy that encourages farmers to spread millions of tons of sewage sludge over thousands of acres each year as an alternative to commercial fertilizers.”

Why are we spreading sewage sludge instead of commercial fertilizers? “Giving it away to farmers is cheaper than burning or burying it, and the government’s policy has been to encourage the former.”

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Also, the government has been claiming that the sewage sludge is safe to use. However, in a recent lawsuit, a judge found “along with using the questionable data, “senior EPA officials took extraordinary steps to quash scientific dissent, and any questioning of EPA’s biosolids program,” and that the sewage plant in the case “was sending out hundreds of truckloads of sludge daily with dangerously high levels of cadmium, molybdenum and chlordane.”

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