Friday, April 3, 2009

On the tail of pistachio and pepper salmonella reports,

Today I was alarmed to find the story breaking from the CDC about perchlorates (rocket fuel) found in commercial baby formulas. This time, it is not manually inserted by production line tampering, but is so widespread in our environment that it is "naturally" occurring in our food and water. There is a lot of information out there, but the bottom line is that we have been poisoned for years by military pollution, and the Bush Administration put a gag order in place to prevent our knowledge. I guess the Freedom of Information Act can only help us if we know that there IS information to obtain.

I took some excerpts from Organic Consumers Association at htttp://www.organicconsumers.org/perchlorate.htm:

"Perchlorates: REPORT ON WIDESPREAD ROCKET FUEL POLLUTION IN NATION'S FOOD AND WATER
A new analysis of data (from 2006) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control indicates that a toxic chemical in rocket fuel has severely contaminated the nation's food and water supply (read the Environmental Working Group study here).
Scientists warn that the chemical, known as perchlorate, could cause thyroid deficiency in more than 2.2 million women of childbearing age.
This thyroid deficiency could damage the fetus of pregnant women, if left untreated. Perchlorate, the explosive ingredient in solid rocket fuel, has leaked from military bases and defense and aerospace contractors' plants in at least 22 states, contaminating drinking water for millions of Americans.
Despite massive complaints, defense contractors such as Kerr-McGee have done little or nothing to clean up the pollution. Perchlorate has also been widely detected in milk, lettuce, produce and other foods. In an alarming study, the CDC found perchlorate in the urine of every person tested. The OCA has mobilized thousands of organic consumers to pressure the EPA and government officials to begin a massive clean up of perchlorate for over a year.
Background: The Environmental Working Groups new report is an anlaysis of data originally released in 2005, when the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released its long anticipated report on the human health effects of perchlorates, a byproduct of rocket fuel. Perchlorates, which are a common pollutant near military sites, have recently been found in the water at concerning levels in 22 states as well as in 93% of lettuce and milk. 97% of breast milk samples taken randomly from around the U.S. have tested positive for perchlorates."
(colors and emphasis added by me)


I also took this timeline from http://www.organicconsumers.org/perchlorate.htm:

2002: EPA releases draft report highlighting widespread water contamination of a toxic rocket fuel byproduct known as perchlorate. The report indicates that most of the pollution is coming from U.S. military sites [Source]
January 2003 : Courtroom proceedings reveal that aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin was concealing documents for several years indicating the company knew about toxic levels of percholate contamination in the nation's vegetable produce.
[Source]
March 2003: California's Senator Feinstein demands the military clean up perchlorate pollution as a matter of public safety. The Department of Defense responds by saying it must be exempt from perchlorate liability, as a matter of anti-terrorist "readiness." [
Source].
April 2003: Bush Administration puts gag order on the Environmental Protection Agency, mandating complete silence regarding military perchlorate pollution and human health impacts. [
Source]
November 2004: FDA finds perchlorate in 93% of lettuce and milk samples across the nation. Bush Administration requests no regulatory action take place until the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concludes investigation of human health implications. [
Source]
January 2005: NAS announces perchlorates are as much as ten times as toxic as what the Department of Defense had been claiming. Senator Feinstein of California announces forthcoming bill proposal to create federal perchlorate regulations and to allocate funding for cleanup of existing contamination. [
Source]
February 2005: EPA adopts NAS recommendations and recommends weak reference dose standards for drinking water without any public comment or review. [
Source]
June 2005: Senator Feinstein files letter with EPA requesting a review of perchlorate data and stricter perchlorate drinking water standards. [
Source]
October 2006: The Environmental Working Group releases a study indicating that perchlorate pollution has put 2.2 million women and their children at risk. [
Source]

How do people like George W. sleep at night, knowing that people are being poisoned and suffering health issues as a direct result of government military actions? How does he live with the fact that he chose to block the information, FAIL TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM, and continue on in the name of "anti-terrorism"? I find it somewhat comical that there is a push now for HR875 and S425 in the name of food safety instead of a push to stop the poisoning of our food by our military. But apparently, clean-up is more costly than "health risk reduction."

Another situation in which we need to call our
elected representatives and request action.

3 comments:

SLColman said...

Crazy stuff!!

Small Footprints said...

Wow ... thank you for sharing that information. It's just amazing ... and scary ... that the people who are supposed to be protecting us are the same ones who are hurting us.

Small Footprints
http://reducefootprints.blogspot.com

Splendid Little Stars said...

excellent! I have shared this post with others.