News on “the food front”

It is not new news that our food, our water and our air are tainted. Our air is dirty, our water full of pharmacueticals. Recalls on agricultural products are at their highest in history.

I am not a big fan of cloned food or genetically engineered food. I have blogged on this before always with comments from those who support this procedure saying that it is “safe”. And my answer has always been that only time will tell if this type of food is safe.

Afterall, time has always been the determining factor in the end. So it was no big surprise when I ran across the following article…

Safety of cloned animal products uncertain: EU agency

Having traveled in Europe, I can tell you one thing they take very seriously is the safety of their food and do a decent job of keeping policies based on politics out of their agricultural and livestock.

The European Union’s top food safety agency said on Thursday cloned animal products may not be safe and further study was needed.

“It is clear there are significant animal health and welfare issues for surrogate mothers and clones that can be more frequent and severe than for conventionally bred animals,” Vittorio Silano, chair of EFSA’s Scientific Committee, told reporters.

“For cattle and pigs, food safety concerns are considered unlikely. But we must acknowledge that the evidence base is still small. We would like to have a broader data base and we need further clarification.”

“That has been one of the challenges throughout this work,” he added.

So all I ask is that agricultural and livestock products are clearly labeled whether they are genetically engineered or cloned products. That way people are free to choose what they buy. Anything less is nothing but deception. Perhaps we should sue corporations for deception if they do not label their products properly with all the information that someone needs to make an informed choice.

Granted, there will always be uninformed people who will go for whatever is cheapest. But they should remember that….

the love of money is the root of all evil!

Perhaps one of the first issues that we must demand the next administration deal with is this issue of providing us with clean air, clean water, untainted food, and to work together with other countries to preserve our planet instead of feeding on its precious resources until we have devoured everything like a bunch of locusts.

Wasn’t there a movie about that?

Update: He’s another unsafe product!

What’s Lurking in Your Countertop?

But he stopped in his tracks in the kitchen, which had richly grained cream, brown and burgundy granite countertops. His Geiger counter indicated that the granite was emitting radiation at levels 10 times higher than those he had measured elsewhere in the house.

“My first thought was, my pregnant daughter was coming for the weekend,” Dr. Sugarman said. When the technician told her to keep her daughter several feet from the countertops just to be safe, she said, “I had them ripped out that very day,” and sent to the state Department of Health for analysis. The granite, it turned out, contained high levels of uranium, which is not only radioactive but releases radon gas as it decays. “The health risk to me and my family was probably small,” Dr. Sugarman said, “but I felt it was an unnecessary risk.”

What are we paying these high priced bureaucrats for anyways? Oh, now I remember…we are paying them for their political contribution to GW Bush and the Republican party. This has got to stop on both sides.

If we added up all the salaries of these high paid political DO NOTHING hacks, the total we are paying for people to sit on their fat behinds and surf for porn on the internet has got to stop ASAP!