Pesticides are poison. There are no two ways about it. By putting pesticides on our food, we are taking a calculated risk. We are using poison to increase the crop yields that farmers are able to produce. It helps to fight hunger and makes the production of food less expensive so that more people can afford to eat.
But when we use pesticides and eat food that was produced using pesticides, we are taking a calculated risk. It would be preferable for agriculture companies and pesticide manufacturers to be honest about the risks- to tell consumers what they are eating and about the possible consequences are of consuming their products.
Unfortunately, transparency has not been the path that food production companies, or government have chosen. Instead of telling us the truth and letting us understand the risks- they have lied.
For more than 40 years we have been told that foods produced using pesticide are safer to eat than they are and that pesticides themselves are not toxic to humans.
A new project known as The Poison Papers exposes the nearly half a century of deception perpetrated on the American public concerning insect-killing chemicals used to preserve crops. According to the report, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken a leading role in the ongoing deception. For decades, the EPA has worked hand in hand with companies like Monsanto and Dow Chemical to hide the real risks of pesticides from the public.
The Poison Papers documents detail hundreds of lawsuits against the aforementioned chemical companies like the EPA, the US Forest Service, and the Air Force just to name a few. The only available conclusion after thumbing through these is that the health and well-being of the general public have been placed on the back burner behind profit and power.
The project got started when Dr. Van Strum discovered that 2,4,5-T, an especially dangerous ingredient of Agent Orange, had been sprayed on her children on two occasions. She got the ball rolling and began investigating how the government had handled the regulation of pesticides over the years. What she discovered is that is has been both common and profitable to expose the public to extremely dangerous poisons.
Big chemical companies bear a significant share of the guilt. Companies like Monsanto and Dow have conducted secret experiments on human beings. Monsanto intentionally sold the toxic component of 2,4,5-T, TCDD to Lysol. Lysol then went on to sell their household disinfectants containing the powerful poison for 23 years before admitting that they knew the dangers as well.
This would be the point at which one might expect the EPA to step in and protect the public. But alas, they knew about the risks as well as Monsanto did and they said nothing about the poison in Lysol.
In the meantime, families across the country were inhaling this poison on a daily basis. Cancer rates and respiratory diseases continued to spike and medical professionals were at a loss to explain it while the EPA sat on their fat hands.
The EPA has been caught numerous times hiding its knowledge of dangerous substances being imposed on the public. Each time they have responded in the same way- by misrepresenting statistics to cover their butts.
In one well-known case, TCDD was found in water, “products of conception,” and in animals. When the facts reached the public the EPA simply said they didn’t know about it. Then they claimed that the samples were mixed up and that the study groups were never really contaminated. Subsequent sampling proved otherwise.
Later Van Strum filed a string of Freedom of Information Act requests in an attempt to get the truth. In response, the EPA provided her with a heavily redacted 34,000-page document full of unconnected pieces of data with no analysis. In other words, they snowed her.
To this day the EPA has offered no explanation of the discombobulated data they provided to Dr. Strom. And they have gone on to continue to perpetuate one crime after another, damaging people’s health and the environment directly.
In case after case, they have done precisely the opposite of what their name implies- laying waste to the environment, poisoning humans and animals, and making food unsafe.
This is your tax dollars at work.
~ Health Scams Exposed