Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Junk Science, Kooks

When I mentioned at another blog the mercury scare, the answer came back swift and ripe with plenty of intellectual dreck. To quote: "High levels? The report — questionable at best, and called “junk science” by most — found *trace* levels of mercury in some samples of name-brand foods with high-fructose corn syrup, no higher than are found naturally in air, water, and soil. As the spokesman for ConAgra noted, you’d have to eat more than 100 pounds of supposedly “tainted” ketchup per day in order to consume a level of mercury considered unsafe by the EPA.

Since the Minneapolis group that conducted the study has long campaigned against high-fructose corn syrup, and tested only foods that contain that ingredient, and only *name brand* foods at that, we ought to wonder whether the shock value is what they were after, more than the public good. Especially when the report’s even limited value is being distorted successfully in the minds of the public who think 30 parts per trillion is significant.

Pass the Hershey’s syrup. I’m willing to be the guinea pig!

It began with Isaac Newton, Galileo, and Velikovski. Now I'm the kook. And so is everyone that goes against the mainstream corporate thought process. I love the comment about ConAgra. Yes, ConAgra the bastion of "wholesomeness" in the American food supply. Just how many people who've worked for ConAgra have also worked for the FDA? You'd be surprised. Between Monsanto, ADM and ConAgra it's a veritable revolving door between the two entities. Keep in mind they also pay lobbyists to do their bidding in congress. Yes, I believe in the Easter Bunny too.

I am not sure if it is just easier for intellectuals to stick together on the party line because of sheer economics or position and the possibility of power at some future date. At least they've chosen a side.

That is until you ask them if they eat organic foods. Most say of course, when they are available. If you ask them why it's because they've read that organic equals healthy and therefore they are trying to make better choices. Until you mention that even soy is grown organically, and is a genetically altered product. As soon as you mention GMOs they turn their tail and run. It's as if they are so afraid to really know what is being foisted on the American people they'd rather just not think about it at all.

Even Canada has a better food supply than us. Something as simple as a Cadbury chocolate bar is better when purchased in Canada. Something about they fact that chocolate is not allowed to be adulterated to the extent there as it is here.

Sigh. We'll just keep putting up the information. You can call me boring, a kook or uninformed. I know I'm in good company.