Agent Orange Foods, Organic Standards and Frankenfood Labeling Laws

Hi Everybody,

Here are a few new ones for you…

AGENT ORANGE IN OUR FOODS- Agent orange contains a toxic chemical called dioxin. It is considered by many to be the most toxic man-made compound in existence at this point in time. The problem is that it is still being used as a pesticide and herbicide by companies like Monsanto. In fact, its usage is increasing. Dioxin pollution evidently increased by 10% in 2010.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is evidently trying to release a report on dioxin, which goes into detail about how toxic it is. The problem is that the food industry, with billions of dollars, is lobbying to block the EPA action. Why? Because if we knew what they were putting in our food, we would not eat it and they would lose profits.

According to the report, one can very easily exceed the maximum safe dosage of dioxin by simply eating one decent sized meal of non-organic food.

ORGANIC STANDARDS?- Organic has become such a buzzword that every body now wants a piece of the pie. The problem is that the large food companies want to label their products organic, without them actually having to be organic. As a result, they have used their money and influence to get the definition of organic changed to the point where they can call their foods organic even though the don’t follow those high standards.

Recently, the Cornucopia Institute, which is kind of a watchdog organization for the food industry, announced that it had formally requested the USDA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to investigate corruption at its National Organic Program (NOP).

The Cornucopia Institute is accusing the National Organic Program of several levels of corruption, including the allowance of using non-organic products in organic foods, and also of allowing powerful corporations to do whatever they want, and then change the laws after the fact to make whatever they are doing legal.

THE RIGHT TO KNOW ACT- As of right now, if a company is using Frankenfoods (genetically altered foods) in its products, the company does not have to inform you. Basically, it was found that a large percentage of people would not eat food if it was genetically altered. The government ruled that this knowledge would give companies not using “frankenfoods” an unfair advantage, and so ruled that companies would not be required to tell you when they were using these genetically altered foods.

In November (2012), there is a California Ballot Initiative which, if passed, will require foods sold in California to inform the consumer, on the label, if  Genetically Modified Organisms (“frankenfoods”) were present in the product. If passed, this may lead to other states adopting the same measures.

Whether you are for or against genetically altered foods, we all deserve to know what is in our foods so we can have a right to decide for ourselves whether or not we want to eat them.

Hope this helps,

Dr Matt and Dr Robin (website) (email) (newsletter archives)

This week’s bit of Useless Information:  The Ides of March is the name of the 15th day of March in the Roman calendar.  It is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C.

 This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C.  Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such.  They are opinion and are for informational purposes only.  None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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