Remember that movie Idiocracy where the planet is suffering because the people in their supreme idiocy are ruining the planet and themselves in ridiculous ways such as watering their crops with Brawndo (an electrolyte beverage that curiously resembles Gatorade) instead of water, which is killing the plants (and can’t be good for the people either) — ?
Brawndo, it’s got electrolytes!
Just last month I wrote an article calling people to action regarding a sulfuryl fluoride rider in the 2014 House Appropriations Bill that would benefit Dow Chemical Co. to the detriment of the American people. Sulfuryl fluoride is a pesticide fumigant that’s sprayed in buildings where harvested food is stored. The substance breaks down to an inorganic fluoride compound and contributes to numerous potential negative health effects:
Despite claims that sulfuryl fluoride produces a ‘tiny’ increase in fluoride exposure, the maximum permissible levels in some fumigated foods are high enough to produce acute toxic reactions, such as nausea, vomiting, and headache. A child eating a single portion of pancakes made with flour fumigated at the maximum permissible level (125 ppm F) would ingest enough fluoride to be at risk for flu-like symptoms.
These effects are only compounded when one considers the fact that sulfuryl fluoride provides us with additional fluoride exposure on top of what is already typically produced while growing the nation’s crops to begin with, considering most municipal water supplies in this country are fluoridated.
Dr. Mercola reports this highly toxic 99.8% fluoride gas “will kill almost anything”:
[Sulfuryl fluoride] is now used as a structural fumigant to kill all living organisms, such as rodents, cockroaches, insects, bed bugs and fungi, and is used in homes, offices, libraries, trains, ships, etc. In fact, it will kill almost anything. Its trade name is Vikane® and it’s made exclusively by Dow Chemical.
It’s bad enough as a pest control fumigant, but it didn’t end there. In June 2001, Dow AgroSciences (Dow) petitioned the EPA for an Experimental Use Permit to use sulfuryl fluoride as a first-time food fumigant on raisins and walnuts in California. At the same time, Dow also requested an exemption from a fluoride tolerance for raisins.
The Environmental Protection Agency (thankfully) denied Dow’s request to let the compound be sprayed directly on the food, and, in a move that would actually protect the environment, the EPA saw fit to phase out all tolerance levels for sulfuryl fluoride in 2011:
…when combined with other fluoride exposure pathways, including drinking water and toothpaste, EPA has concluded that the tolerance (legal residue limits on food) no longer meets the safety standard under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and the tolerances for sulfuryl fluoride should be withdrawn. [emphasis added]
For just one example of exactly how much of this stuff is used, reference this California EPA report which says the state used 3,045,084 pounds of sulfuryl fluoride in 2002 alone — cha ching! Can you hear the cash register? Can you visualize the dollar signs? Dow certainly can.
Now the EPA has targeted sulfuryl fluoride for removal because, after applying the rare gem that is common sense, the agency has stated that there is no more room for supposedly ‘safe’ tolerances of additional fluoride exposure in this country. In short, we cannot look at this fluoride use as harmless by itself when we know it’s just one more added dose of fluoride on top of all the other sources of fluoride that we are already exposed to living in America.
Well, Dow couldn’t have that. First the company tried fighting it with the ridiculous Pest Free Food Supply Act; and now a rider has snuck in to the 2014 House Appropriations Bill (section 449) that effectively stops the EPA from phasing out these tolerance levels:
SEC. 449. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Environmental Protection Agency to prepare and finalize an order under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 346a) that in any way removes, withdraws, revokes, or stays tolerances for the pesticide chemical sulfuryl fluoride if that final order takes into consideration aggregate or cumulative exposure to other substances related to sulfuryl fluoride or its metabolites or degradates…
See how that works? Effectively, the EPA cannot do its job and Dow gets to keep selling sulfuryl fluoride gas showers for our food. Yummy.
I decided to write several congresspeople on this issue myself and I received an interesting response from Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO):