|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
PCB's and Dioxins in Food
A nation has been poisoned, and the enemy is itself. On Monday, September 16, 2002, Jews throughout the world paused to meditate and reflect upon past sins by observing Yom Kippur. On that same day, the nation of Canada woke up to the consequences of a nation-wide sin of arrogance. Canadians get to recognize that the crimes of adults are sometimes brought down upon the bodies of undeserving children. Headlines in Canadian newspapers revealed that dangerous levels of cancer-forming chemicals taint the foods that Canadians eat, and compromise the safety of their citizens. Montreal's daily newspaper, La Presse, obtained a secret study performed by Canada's Food Inspection Service. The terrible news is that PCBs and dioxins were found to be dangerously high in certain foods. The higher up one goes on the food chain, the more concentrated are these carcinogens in the flesh and body fluids of animals. The page one story in Canada's La Presse revealed: "The standard measurement set by the World Health Organization (WHO) allows for a maximum five picograms of toxic agents (or five parts per trillion) per gram of fat in foods, at which point they should be withdrawn from the market." The Canadian study revealed that the level of dioxin found in cheese was 250% higher than that permitted by WHO. Eggs, pork, and been contained more than four times the safe level of dioxins. This news should be reason for reflection for all people. How does one atone? Simple. One no longer eats the foods that poison the human body. If not for you, for the children. Eating animals and drinking their body fluids shows a lack of compassion to these gentle feeling creatures. Factory farms use production techniques that cause discomfort, pain, and ultimately death for all creatures. One shows even less compassion to his or her own body by ingesting concentrated portions of dioxins and PCBs. America's Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) has a similar study, which will not be released. The Clinton Administration put a hold on the report nearly two years ago, due to lobbying efforts by the powerful dairy and meat industries. Christie Whitman runs the EPA for the Bush administration. Christie is my ex-Governor (New Jersey), and a breast cancer survivor. How ironic. Whitman lacks the courage and moral fiber to release a similar report. That report has the potential to save more than one child from cancers that are destined to claim the lives of unsuspecting victims. That crime against Americans is a sin for which there is no atonement.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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