If you are concerned about the recent outbreak of Listeria (check out the article on Listeria in this month's issue of our Life-Style magazine), relax. You are at far more risk from the chemical invasion of our food, water and even our air than anything those yucky little critters can do.
CHEMICALS - THE MORE THE MERRIER!
According to the Toxic Substances Control Act, which has not been updated in a meaningful way since 1978, seventy thousand chemicals were in use in the U.S. in 2002. There are now actually 80,000 chemicals in use. Where do we go from here?
Since the FDA is woefully understaffed and underfunded, the majority of the testing of the effects on humans of these chemicals has been left to the manufacturers - the old fox guarding the hen house scenario.
Little or no testing has been done by anyone on these chemicals in combination with one or more other chemicals, other than your mother telling you not to mix ammonia and bleach. But not to worry! Monsanto and the other Big Chems have only your best interests at heart.
BUT HERE'S THE GOOD(?) NEWS
If you'd like to learn a little more - or find out what you can do - or you just need something else to worry about - visit the Environmental Working Group's website. They have an interesting news story, dated Jan. 11, 2011, concerning fluoride that I found fascinating. Here's a brief quote:
"Just days after U.S. health officials moved to reduce the level of fluoride in U.S. drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the use of a fluoride-based pesticide on food because the fluoride in pesticide residue could be contributing to over-exposure of children."
They go on, "With today's announcement, the EPA Office of Pesticide Program has concluded that the current legal limit of the pesticide residue on food does not adequately protect children from aggregate fluoride exposures, such as drinking water and toothpaste."
GOTTA LOVE THE GOOD STUFF THEY'RE DOING FOR US
Remember all those health nuts that have been warning about this for many years? They're starting to look a lot smarter now, aren't they?