Green Thinking

See entire October 1, 2010 newsletter

I am not sure but I think my brain is doing a total shift to thinking in the color green. I’m glad I like the color.

This newsletter is really about thinking and questioning and, from where I sit, just being logical. Case in point: genetically engineered salmon. When you think about it, does it sound like a good thing to you?

Here is what Mike Adams, known as the Health Ranger, thinks about GE salmon:

“(NaturalNews) It’s that time of year again, when the FDA gathers its experts to decide what new horror to unleash into the food supply. This year it’s genetically modified salmon, a “frankenfish” pumped up with extra growth hormone genes that make it rapidly grow into a kind of super-Schwarzenegger creature that’s triple the size of a regular salmon.

And you’re supposed to eat this, by the way. In fact, the FDA will almost certainly allow this to be sold without any warning labels, so now when you buy salmon at the store, you’ll have no way to tell whether it’s normal salmon or frankenfish GM salmon.”

Yes, Mike is definitely a “dark” greenie. But my thought after reading this was how are these huge fish going to swim upstream? Are they going to be like the chickens that are bred to have huge breasts and can barely walk? (In this case swim!) It made me really sad and I don’t have to read any opinions about how we are messing with Mother Nature.

But this might be my favorite piece of information and food for thought (pun, pun)

Story: Super salmon or ‘Frankenfish’? FDA to decide

“In the case of the salmon, AquaBounty has added a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon that allows the fish to produce their growth hormone all year long. The engineers were able to keep the hormone active by using another gene from an eel-like fish called an ocean pout that acts like an on switch for the hormone, according to the company. Conventional salmon produce the growth hormone only some of the time.”

What is an eel-like fish anyway?

Now About That Egg Guy
Again, I invite you read this and think about it.

I read several articles last week about Jack DeCoster, owner of the egg farms responsible for the salmonella outbreak (not salmon EEL-A) in which he was quoted apologizing to a Congressional panel for what happened. Here is a direct quote:

An Iowa egg producer at the center of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella apologized to a Congressional panel on Wednesday and acknowledged that his family operation had become “big quite awhile before we stopped acting like we were small.” What? Three decades isn’t enough time I guess.

It gets worse:

“What I mean by that is, we were big before we started adopting sophisticated procedures to be sure we met all of the government requirements,” the egg producer, Austin J. DeCoster said in testimony before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. He is the founder of an egg empire that has been linked over three decades to outbreaks of salmonella poisoning in many states, some leading to deaths.

“We were horrified to learn that our eggs may have made people sick,” Mr. DeCoster, who is known as Jack, said in a shaky voice. “We apologize to everyone who may have been sickened by eating our eggs.”

FOR THREE DECADES? More food for thought: He was making way too much money to notice, he couldn’t care less about the chickens, food safety, our safety or anything else for that matter – until he got caught – again and again and again. Maybe this time it caught him by surprise.