Radiation is being used to enhance some of the foods that are being shipped to retail locations throughout the United States as you read this. This report explains the situation, politics, history, and what is being presented by profiteers as the 'science' of food irradiation. As expected, quite a bit of deception is being used to trick the public into consuming these foods without its consent, for everyone knows that public consent will never happen.
One half-truth being used in the deception is that all irradiated (radioactive) foods must be clearly labeled as such. While this may be superficially true, if individual ingredients comprising a food are irradiated, instead of just the final product, then no labeling is required. You can safely bet that the final products are never labeled.
One outright lie is that irradiated foods do not remain radioactive, and this lie violates the laws of physics. Once something is made radioactive, or is exposed to high radiation, it remains radioactive for a considerable time afterward. Radioactive items may also make other things in contact with them radioactive as well. This ‘contagious’ property of radiation is one of the things that makes it so dangerous, and it is why people in many countries who are undergoing radiation treatments are told to avoid contact with children. In the studies we saw, the radioactivity of foods declined by only 45% after 10 days. Make note that the typical level of radiation being used is 200,000,000 times that of an X-ray, so even after 10 days, the residual radioactivity would still be that of something exposed to over 100,000,000 X-rays.
There are about 325,000 hospitalizations each year due to food poisonings, and the numbers appear to be getting worse annually. Our foods are laced with preservatives and other additives which are supposed to ensure that they do not “go bad” before consumption, yet we still get sick. Food poisoning is not at all limited to restaurant food. There are thousands of reports of food poisoning from dried and processed frozen foods. There have always been food poisoning reports about the meats sold in grocery stores, and there were recent scares over peanuts and tomatoes. Organic growers, and health advocates have noted that food poisonings are usually due to poor hygiene in the slaughter and packing houses, along with laxity in the cleaning of crops; so reducing the number of food poisoning cases would be a easy task, if an honest effort was made. Unfortunately, it could also be an expensive one. It would mean that processing plants would follow legislation that is already in place, and that action would be taken whenever the U.S.D.A. inspectors notice hygiene problems. It would be a big change from the status quo.
“In the 1950’s we condemned carcasses with fecal contamination, in the 1970’s it was cut off, in the 1980’s it was washed off, and in the 1990’s it is eaten."
-- Mr. Delmer Jones, Head of the Meat Inspectors Union, 2000
In the biggest recall of 2002, one woman died and at least 46 people were sickened from e. coli found in ground beef from a ConAgra plant in Greeley, Colorado. The Agriculture Department’s Inspector General disclosed that the plant had been cited 66 times for fecal contamination from January 2001 until it was temporarily closed in November of 2002.
“Most systems will work and protect the consumer if you’ve got two things: teeth and enforcement. But in many plants the safety plans are still just smoke and mirrors.”
-- Delmer Jones
Instead of dealing with the causes of the problems, the establishment is responding in its typical fashion; by attempting to treat only the symptoms. High-ranking members of the F.D.A. are now proclaiming that the epidemic of infected foods provides proof that our foods need radiation to be safe -- never mind this was never before necessary in the previous 9,000 years of food history. Radiation has been approved for most fruits, vegetables, and meats. In many cases, radiation-tainted foods can be sold without labeling. A warning label would reduce the profits, because informed citizens would rarely purchase irradiated foods with full disclosure; and they know it. The hostile reaction from Europeans has caused the new U.S. food irradiation industry to proceed in a cloaked manner.
"There's a whole impact on the product, which we think is an unacceptable cost... People that did the shopping -- they would look at the date and be freaked out at how long it would be good for.”
-- Patty Lovera from Food and Water Watch
Foods which are highly nutritious mold and rot the most rapidly, because healthy nutrients are just as beneficial to bacteria and molds. See this for yourself by making an organic vegetable drink, and leave the pulp out at room temperature for just two days. Watch what happens. You will see that it becomes so overgrown with white fuzzy mold that the pulp will appear to have transformed into cotton.
Try the same experiment with an irradiated fruit or vegetable (coming soon to a supermarket near you), or with processed foods. You could try this with some McDonald’s fries, which are little more than salt and fillers. They will not change in weeks, and people have reported the same findings with their hamburgers too. Do you want to put something into your body that is scorned by fungus? Toxic (and irradiated) foods simply do not rot.
Unfortunately, they also have a depleted (or nonexistent) nutritional value; shown by the fact that organisms cannot survive on them. We have already determined that most of our modern illnesses are closely linked to nutritional deficiencies, so what will happen when all of our fruits and vegetables are irradiated, and therefore, lack all nutrition? Our health will be impacted as if we were trying to survive on a diet of only corn. What will remain of our society, and how can we possibly allow the nuclear industry to invade our kitchens?
Irradiation does not just nullify the nutritional value of items, but it can also make them harmful. (Take note of this, microwave users.) We know, for instance, that radiation produces profound chemical changes in meat. It elevates levels of the carcinogen benzene, and creates new chemicals known as radiolytic compounds, which also have been recognized as carcinogens. Radiation itself is the most potent of all cancer causing agents, likely because it produces these compounds in tissues.
If being made with genetically engineered and chemically perverted soy oil were not already enough reason to avoid commercial mayonnaises, there is perhaps an even more important reason. All commercial mayonnaises are cold pasteurized. Cold pasteurization means that the food was saturated with radiation at the chemical plant to disinfect it. Think radioactive whenever you see something has been cold pasteurized, and know that the food is laced with poisonous, cancer-inducing, radiolytic compounds, such as benzene. Benzene formation is a normal and expected occurrence anytime proteins are exposed to high levels of radiation.
Most people already know that microwaving food is quite destructive nutritionally, and from a safety angle, but they do not know that the radiation of so-called cold pasteurization is many times worse than microwaved foods. Therefore, it is prudent to pause for a moment to recite the long litany of issues again. Mayonnaise is made primarily from genetically engineered soy oil, which is heavily processed, and known for severely disrupting hormones. About that processing: it is critically important because soy is poisonous in its natural organic state (containing all natural insecticides), so there are never organic soy products for human consumption. Furthermore, mayonnaise is made with hydrogenated oils, chemically engineered ingredients (too much to even go there), unnatural radiolytic compounds that are extremely toxic and cancer-inducing, such as benzene, and finally, the product is likely to be still radioactive at the time of sale.
All that commercial mayonnaise really needs is some wormwood, rat poison, and the blood from a virgin chicken to finish the recipe. Corn dogs are a health food in comparison. Since the toxins in mayonnaise are bound inside various fats, and since the human body protects itself by storing toxins inside of fat cells, then it is easy to figure out exactly what mayonnaise does to a person's body.
We cannot know what long-term effects irradiated food will have on the lives and health of those who place their trust into questionable governmental regulators to protect them, or the effects upon those who unwittingly consume these foods in cases where it is completely unlabeled. In the cases where consumers are never given informed consent, how will we have accountability? If we are not allowed to know which foods are irradiated, and which ones are not, then how can we report health problems that arise as a result of this involuntary experiment? It is clear that the industry does not want us to be able to report problems, seek legal relief, eat healthily, or even know what we are eating. Instead, we are all participants in a new double-blind study. We do not know who eats from the control group, and who is eating irradiated foods. Perhaps it will be more obvious when larger numbers of children are born without fingers, or with two heads (genetic mutations -- another well-known consequence of radiation exposure). At this rate, it is a very real possibility.
“The current permissible radiation dosage is about 200 million times greater than a chest X-ray.”
-- Samuel Epstein, M.D., Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition
Proponents of irradiation claim that it is safe because the exposure is brief. At such high levels, it does not take long to kill the bacteria (and the nutritional value), but none of these things prove it to be safe. The length of exposure is rather meaningless, when in actuality, it is the dosage that should be taken into account. When medics give X-rays, they must wear protective clothing, because radiation at that level is recognized as dangerous. Why then, is it claimed that it is safe to irradiate foods, which are to be taken internally, after a dosage of 200,000,000 times more?
One fallacy of this new-age science (the type practiced by the F.D.A.) is that something can be proven to be safe. No test can prove that anything is safe. Only the dangers of something can be proven, for it is impossible to test every possible combination of an item’s use for safety. Tests can definitely prove dangers, and they have done so in the area of radiation. Ironically, actual tests proving irradiation dangers have been ignored, and the scientists involved were expectantly demonized for threatening the official policies. This behavior might be called politics, or it might be called business, but it certainly cannot ever be called science.
Under public pressure, the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) has finally ruled that the public has the right to know, in some cases, when food is irradiated. "Fresh" produce must be labeled if it is radioactive. Nevertheless, the F.D.A. has made it clear that it supports irradiation, and is actively encouraging companies to use it.
Take a second look at the F.D.A.’s label for irradiated foods (top of article). It does not imply that a food has been zapped by gamma rays, or that it is nutrient depleted. It does not reveal that an identical dose of radiation would instantly kill a horse. Instead, the F.D.A. has produced an image of what appears to be a healthy plant naturally growing under the sun. If no text accompanies it, then this symbol will easily be misinterpreted as meaning “organic”, which is likely their intent. This demonstrates that the F.D.A. does not truly want citizens to have informed consent. They merely want consumer safety groups (and people like us) to simply go away.
Most irradiated foods do not require labeling at all. If irradiated ingredients are inside other foods, then the finished products do not have to be labeled. For example, if irradiated carrots are inside of coleslaw, then it does not have to be labeled at all. However, if those same carrots were sold separately, then they would have to bear the irradiation label. Irradiated raw and frozen meats currently require the warning label, but the American Meat Institute (A.M.I.) is currently petitioning the U.S.D.A. to remove its regulations requiring such labeling. They argue that because irradiation is used early in the production process that it somehow does not matter. In actuality, it is our right to know what does not matter.
“Without labeling, consumers who want to avoid irradiated foods will be misled. Without specific labeling, consumers who do choose irradiated foods will also be misled because the end product may not be irradiated, which may have other food safety implications.”
-- Dr. Urvashi Rangan
In reality, using irradiation early will remove any benefits that irradiation could offer, because there is a high chance for reinfection, and yet the food will still have all of the dangerous radioactive disadvantages. The Consumers Union is campaigning against unlabeled radioactive meats; testifying that consumers have the right to choose if they eat irradiated foods or not. Cooked meats are currently not permitted to be irradiated (such as hot dogs), and neither are organic foods. There are natural alternatives to irradiation, but they are being ignored in lieu of supporting the nuclear industry. For instance, prunes kill e. coli in beef, while a trace amount of cinnamon does the same thing in juices, according to studies from the early part of this decade. Additionally, ginkgo biloba is deadly to listeria, the bacteria that caused the 1998 poisonings. A trace amount of grape seed extract is toxic to practically every bacterial pathogen, yet it is as nontoxic to humans as it is tasteless. The same is true for colloidal silver, which by the way, is documented to kill all single cell pathogens (i.e. everything). Of course, salting and smoking have always been excellent for food preservation and taste enhancement. There are also the techniques of flash freezing and vacuum sealing. Instead, and for the past 20 years, the food industry has been fighting consumer interest groups over irradiation, and resisting any push for them to clean up their act. Fortunately, the industry has so-far been too afraid of public outrage to make huge investments in food irradiation. This is changing, however.
“After Sept. 11, in the States, people were suddenly very concerned with food safety and the food supply... That’s when food irradiation came up.”
-- Wendell Joyce
When people are afraid, many of them are willing to give up everything to feel safe again. Whether that be their constitutional rights, their privacy, or their right to choose between what is good and bad for their health. It is almost instinctual to try and rely on others whenever we are afraid, but these companies, and this government has been very undeserving of this trust. In this case of irradiation, it is apparent that the events of 911 were exploited as a method of manipulating regulators into submitting to something that had been previously inconceivable. The recent scares with spinach, tomatoes, jalapeños and peanuts will all be used to satisfy the same agenda. Media sources have been aggressively magnifying the stories of food poisoning, to the point where everyone is afraid to eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and almost anything except Doritos and cake. All of this in the name of health safety -- no less. E. coli found in spinach, during 2006, was first reported as being on "organic spinach", but it was soon revealed that organic spinach did not contain e. coli -- only the chemically grown spinach did. Interestingly, the media then blacked-out the story. These scare tactics have been constant, and they will continue until the public shows that it will not respond to these manipulative fear messages. Undoubtedly, more food scares will be blown-up before we see irradiated “fresh produce" available at the average supermarket.
|Showing the benefits of radiation exposure (left): Children like this are being born in record numbers in Iraq and Afghanistan, due to depleted uranium ("armor piercing") shells and bullets used by the U.S. Military, despite the existence of non-radioactive alternatives. The U.S. Government, perpetually pandering to the nuclear industry, knew that this would happen, and that it would continue happening until the end of time; but it chose to bombard those nations with radioactive munitions anyway. U.S. military personnel are also having these same reproductive issues, and many, many more, which have been ignored by the Veteran's Administration. Now, this same Government is working to help perverse nuclear industry executives to poison our foods too.|