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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Radiation And Your Food: Should You Be Concerned?

So with all the different food hazards out there, here is one more way that you are being poisoned. This is the symbol for irradiated food. Yes it's USDA and FDA approved. If you see this on the label, put it back and find a food that doesn't have it. Blasting your food with radiation is claimed to be a safe and effective way to keep your foods from being contaminated. Are you kidding me?

Irradiation was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963, and today is used on more than 40 food products dispersed throughout 37 countries.

Are There Health Risks to Eating Irradiated Food?

The FDA claims, "Irradiation is an important food safety tool in fighting foodborne illness," noting that the sources and amounts of radiation applied to foods are not strong enough to cause the food to become radioactive. They also state that "food irradiation does not significantly change the nutrient content, flavor, or texture of food." However, as Sayer Ji, found of, states:
"The FDA presently supports and actively promotes the use of Cobalt-60 culled from Nuclear Reactors as a form of "electronic pasteurization" on all domestically produced conventional food.
The use of euphemisms like "food additive" and "pasteurization" to describe the process of blasting food with high levels of gamma-radiation cannot obviate the fact that the very same death-rays generated by thermonuclear warfare to destroy life are now being applied to food to "make it safer" …
This is not a hypochondriac's rantings, as we aren't talking here about small amounts of radiation. The level of gamma-radiation used starts at 1KiloGray (equivalent to 16,700,000 chest x-rays or 333 times a human lethal dose) and goes all the way up to 30KiloGray (500,000,000 chest x-rays or 10,000 times a human lethal dose)."
As you might suspect, exposing food to the equivalent of hundreds of millions of x-rays does not appear to be an innocuous act. Alternatively, evidence to date suggests it may be having a detrimental effect on the health of those who consume it.
It never ceases to amaze me to what lengths the food industry and government will go to in order to make another billion at our expense. Of course blasting your food with radiation, gamma rays and xrays are not safe. So educate yourself, read your labels and make healthy choices. Live long and prosper!

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