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Food Contamination or Why America is Not Like Other Developed Countries

Updated on January 17, 2016
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Lana has a Masters in International Affairs, and writes on topics related to politics, transpersonal psychology, and counterculture.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”Abraham Lincoln

A child's brain is particularly vulnerable to toxic chemicals in food, and most of this garbage is specifically marketed to kids.
A child's brain is particularly vulnerable to toxic chemicals in food, and most of this garbage is specifically marketed to kids. | Source
Monsanto spends millions in the attempt to stop GMO labeling.
Monsanto spends millions in the attempt to stop GMO labeling. | Source

American Food Experiment

Aspartame, potassium bromate, DPA, chlorine, peroxide - these are just a few of the harmful chemicals banned in developed countries that are still widely used in America.

Even more disturbingly, over 60 countries have laws that ban or require mandatory labeling of GMOs, while the U.S. is still debating over the safety of 'frankenfood' at the expense of the people.

As with the environmental protection laws, the goal here is to create "reasonable doubt" to stall the legislation banning or labeling questionable ingredients.

Meanwhile, most American consumers are treated as lab rats in this nationwide experiment in food modification. What gives?

Toxic Ingredients Found in Typical Supermarket Food

  • Aspartame
  • Fluoride
  • MSG
  • Carrageenan
  • Azodicarbonamide
  • BVO (brominated vegetable oil)
  • HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Olestra (brand name Olean)
  • BHA and BHT
  • Potassium bromate
  • Synthetic hormones rBGH and rBST
  • Coal Tar
  • Diphenylamine (DPA)
  • Arsenic
  • Yellow Dye No.5 and No.6
  • Blue Dye No.1 and No.2
  • Red Dye No.40

Why America is Not Like Other Developed Countries

Like almost any issue in this country, it can be traced to the corporate oligarchy culture in America.

In this case, multibillion agricultural and chemical corporations like Monsanto or Syngenta are playing Russian roulette with the very foundation of our survival - air, water and food.

They pay millions of dollars in marketing campaigns to keep the public in the dark about the critical health risks of these chemicals, to block every legislative initiative labeling or banning their products, to prosecute small family farms for "violation of patent rights," and to manufacture "scientific evidence" that the chemicals and GMOs they sell are safe for human consumption.

“No other developed country that we know of has a similar system in which companies can decide the safety of chemicals put directly into food,” says Maricel Maffini, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Yet in this country it is common practice for these chemical companies to hire their own experts to test their products. So it comes as no surprise that these hired quacks always confirm the safety of the chemicals. Even Monsanto's director of corporate communications, Phil Angell, openly admits that

"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."

Even heart disease can be traced to the garbage we consume. 4:01

Health Risks Associated with Toxic Food Additives

And you ask why Americans are fat, lethargic, diabetic, artery-clogged and depressed? Why we're having the 'cancer epidemic'?

Studies show that only 5-10 percent of cancers have genetic causes. The other 90-95 percent are linked to environmental factors such as diet, physical activity, exposure to toxins, pollutants, smoking, drugs, alcohol, stress etc.

Many of the typical food additives used in the U.S. are known cancer-causing agents. The link between the quality of food and pathological health issues is more than obvious, yet these poisons are still used in food production.

So the question is: How many more people have to die of toxicity-related conditions for the FDA to ban these substances, or at least to label them?

A typical American grocery store is loaded with products that would not pass safety standards in Europe and most other developed nations.
A typical American grocery store is loaded with products that would not pass safety standards in Europe and most other developed nations. | Source

What Can You Do?

Like with any chemical warfare, your best defense is knowledge.

To learn about how to fight back against this chemical attack on our food and our planet, click HERE.

This is an Important Human Rights Issue

If the food is contaminated with harmful chemicals or genetically modified without consumers' consent, this isn't just a consumers' issue.This is a human rights issue.

After clean air and water, food is our most important necessity. Without it all the money and power in the world won't make a difference. So we have a right to know what ends up on our plates.

I want to know if there are toxic chemicals in my cereal, or pink slime in my burger, or coal tar in my cheese-flavored chips.

I would also like to know if my food was created in a lab by the same company who've been poisoning America since 1901, when saccharin was sold to Coca-Cola as an artificial sweetener.

Yet I feel as if these...companies, these psychopaths with unlimited resources really, do not want me to know all these things. For that reason I feel the need to shed light on this criminal corporate takeover of the American food industry, and I will continue writing on this issue.

To reiterate, health experts are adamant about the link between food additives and life-threatening conditions, including cancer and heart disease. Yet public health takes a back seat whenever corporate interests come into play.

© 2015 Lana Adler

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    • kalinin1158 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lana Adler 

      2 years ago from California

      No! I didn't know that. I take a fish oil supplement every day. What's the name of the documentary?

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We watched a documentary last night on studies about supplements and we were shocked. We threw out the bottle we just bought of fish oil. Not only that they don't do anything for you, they harm you, too.

    • kalinin1158 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lana Adler 

      3 years ago from California

      I believe it's just the tip of the iceberg, Mel. The true consequences of these practices are not fully visible yet. I'm talking about the impact on the planet, animal and plant life, and on the future generations. What's scary about this is that it affects humans on a genetic level. And although it's clearly profit-driven, sometimes it's hard not to see some kind of systematic agenda here.

      Europe isn't perfect but at least they take a precautionary approach to adding chemicals into food. American government just doesn't seem to be concerned with the health risks, at all... Reminds me of the climate change debate - "The research is ambiguous" or "The facts just aren't there." But I hope the tide is slowly changing. Thanks for sharing my friend!

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      Seems like everybody I know that has died has died of cancer, so I start to scratch my head and wonder. Every time I go out to eat at some chain restaurant I can barely digest whatever poison it is they are loading in that artificial food. I used to scoff at these ideas you suggest, but the wisdom of experience has made me start paying attention. Great hub!

    • kalinin1158 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lana Adler 

      3 years ago from California

      So cool to read a perspective from someone who actually lives in Europe! Thank you for your comment. What a luxury, indeed, to have your own produce garden. I wish I had the land to grow my own food, alas...So I just have to buy it, for now.

      Concerning the prices of the organic food... As I mention, organic produce is slowly becoming more affordable in America, especially if you go to a farmer's market. Maybe it's not as affordable in Europe, but Europeans also don't put the same amount of garbage in their food. I'm sure there are pesticides and other chemicals, but in America there's virtually no regulation when it comes to food production, and some chemical giants are getting away with A LOT. So I'm afraid that in this country switching to organic produce is becoming a necessity rather than a luxury.

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      healthy meals 

      3 years ago from Europe

      Getting informed is a good choice but needs to be backed up with a good budget. I don't know in America, but in Europe buying organic can be rather expensive (unfortunately) so sometime even if people are informed and want to buy organic, their budget doesn't allow them that "luxury".

      Another option of course, if you have the space and time, (like I do) is to grow your own produce. We are lucky enough to be able to grow most of the fruit and vegetables that we eat -so we are sure that there are not pesticides or any other chemicals on it. As well as our greens, we are lucky to be able to bread most of our meat. I wish more people had the same opportunity.

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