by Jim Hightower
Well, that was Thanksgiving a day to gather with our families, rejoice in the bounty of Gods green earth, and sit down for a generous serving of home-cooked, old-fashioned, mouth-watering nanoparticles?
Yep, we hoped you loved them. You see, those white-smocked corporate food engineers have been at it again, messing with Momma Nature. The same companies that brought us artificial flavoring, chemical preservatives, trans fat, GMOs, synthetic hormones, and so many other industrial marvels to our dinner tables now hope well let them add a nice big bunch of nanoparticles to the food mix.
Say what? Corporations are using nanotechnology to manipulate the very matter of things including food additives and ingredients creating new forms of matter that are unimaginably tiny.
Uh, ok. Why? Because they can, silly. Also, because they say nanotechnology can create novel food additives that, for example, can coat M & Ms to inhibit melting.
Uh, arent M & Ms supposed to melt? Well, yes, but never mind, you wouldnt understand.
Are there any, uh, you know, problems with this nano stuff? Well, thereve been no thorough studies of how these newly engineered nanomaterials actually behave in the environment or in humans, especially when nanoparticles are eaten.
But, hey, trust us.
Uh, no. First, the nanotechers do admit that there are some novel health risks involved for example, lab tests show that some of these man-made particles are so tiny that they can easily slip through the barriers that prevent normal particles from entering our brains. Second, this is food theyre messing with, and theres just no crying need to tamper with it so M & Ms dont melt.
Instead of nanoparticles for dinner, lets push to keep American food natural.
To help, call the Organic Consumers Association 218-226-4164.
Jim Hightower is the best-selling author of Thieves In High Places: Theyve Stolen Our Country And Its Time To Take It Back, on sale now from Viking Press.
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