Jan 20, 2011
A major agricultural chemical company says it is not in the best interests of Americans for the EPA to ban the use of a toxic fluoride compound in the processing of food supplies.
Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, says it is “disappointed” that the EPA has announced a phase out of the use of sulfuryl fluoride (SO2F2) as a pesticide, commonly used to fumigate nuts and fruits for US consumption.
Indeed, Dow says that the move will actually detract from US public health goals.
“The Food Quality Protection Act is intended to protect the food supply,” Howell added. “If implemented, EPA’s proposal would actually threaten food quality protection. Surely, we can find a better policy solution for agriculture and public health.”
The Fluoride Action Network would beg to differ, however, after having successfully lobbied the EPA into admitting there is a case that the insecticide and food fumigant is a significant public health risk because it exposes children to excessive levels of toxic fluoride, and because it is a known toxin.
The chemical compound can cause hypotension, nausea, pulmonary edema, cardiac dysrhythmia, metabolic acidosis, and even death.
Yesterday we reported on a case in San Jose where a man was killed through exposure to the chemical, which is commonly used to fumigate buildings. Signs all around the property indicated that sulfuryl fluoride is a deadly poison.
The action groups involved in petitioning the EPA noted that the chemical is part of a bombardment of fluoride based compounds that have been added to food and water supplies.
Last week we highlighted the fact that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recommended reducing levels of fluoride added to tap water by up to 42%, following intense lobbying from grassroots action groups.
For decades, people who raised concerns about fluoride being added to tap water or food were dismissed as crazy,” said Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group (EWG). “All of a sudden we have two federal regulatory actions, announced just days apart, that tell us what was really crazy all those years: a government bureaucracy that ignored strong scientific evidence and clear warning signs of the threats fluoride has posed to public health all along.”
Of course, it should come as no surprise that Dow is disappointed with the EPA’s decision, given that a large percentage of its profit margin comes directly from the production of insecticides, including sulfuryl fluoride.
When it is not producing weapons grade plutonium with little regard for the environment, or selling napalm and Agent Orange to the US military, the company is also controversially involved in the production and sales of genetically modified plant seeds. Given the company’s history and current activity, why should any sane American believe Dow has his or her best interests at heart when it comes to their well being?
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
This article was posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 10:15 am