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Human hormones + chemicals = bad

Part of me is saying “duh.”  But part of me is glad that we have mounting scientific evidence that I can cite when people accuse me of being paranoid.

According to an article in today’s Strib, chemicals in literally every single product most of us eat or put on or near our body are endocrine disruptors — they mess with our hormones.   Quote:

“Endocrine disruptors have been blamed for playing a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, cancer, diabetes, earlier puberty, immune problems, obesity and infertility.”

Once again, the FDA and the EPA in the last 30 years have served only to protect industry, not consumers.  So once again it’s on our backs to figure out what’s safe and what’s not.  This has the potential to turn on my “anti-tax” gene: why am I funding agencies that are protecting corporations at the expense of my health?  It’s completely ridiculous.  Now that Obama’s in office I have more hope than I had before, but we’re talking about 30 years.  That includes a couple of Democrats who did nothing to change or stop it.

Japan banned BPA 10 years ago.  TEN years.  America still hasn’t banned it outright, although several states have now stepped up (including Minnesota).

Here’s a link to the article.

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A no-brainer

My hometown newspaper (and my employer, I work in their advertising dept.), the Star Tribune, had an article this morning about misleading nutritional claims on processed foods. If you weren’t born yesterday, there will be no shockers here. Really, do people not know this stuff? Am I overestimating the intelligence of the general public?

Then again, it’s all relative. We all know an apple is better for us than a candy bar. But if I’m dying for something sweet, and I have to choose between licorice and a Snickers, isn’t the licorice the relatively-less-bad choice?

Your everyday choices are more important than what you might do occasionally, for example, on a road trip.  We always indulge in a little bit of junk food when we’re driving through places like North Dakota. I don’t think the occasional naughtiness is going to kill any of us.

The one part of the article that hit especially close to home was the part about Vitamin Water. The New Home Economics approach to bottled water is very simple: carry a bottle with you and refill it at a tap. A filtered tap if you can find it. This method hits three sweet spots: my wallet, my health, and the environment.

Anyway, here is the article if you wish to learn about how cocoa puffs are not actually a health food.  It is a good reminder of how misleading labels can be.

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Another post about the Splendid Table?!

Good grief, this is two posts in a row now where I reference something I heard on the Splendid Table. I was just listening to some old podcasts that I hadn’t gotten to yet when I came across her 1/17/09 show about NPR’s Locavore Nation project. This episode features an interview with Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a book that definitely helped inspire me on my urban farming craze.

But then she also interviewed documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf about his vision of an “ideal” US food system. It was a shame to me that the interview was so short because I really liked what he had to say… I just put his movie into my Netflix queue and will review it here as soon as I see it.

Anyway, listen for yourself to this excellent podcast here.