There's something going on that doesn't make a lot of sense. I'm going to divert from my "scheduled" topic, but it's necessary. I've been reading about chemistry (Bill and David, do you remember Chemistry 101 ?). And, what I'm reading scares the hell out of me. Look at what I just read about our food:
That's exactly what Friends of the Earth found when we tested store brand foods produced and sold by Kroger, Costco, Walmart and Albertson's/Safeway--the top four food retailers--in 15 cities across the US. Our findings have made a simple trip to the grocery store much more frightening. Common products most of us buy--oats, cereals, apples, applesauce, spinach and pinto beans--contained detectable amounts of glyphosate. organo-phosphates and neonicotinoids (neonics.) These toxic chemicals are harmful to humans, but they're downright deadly for bees, butterflies and other species critical to food production and healthy ecosystems. Neonics are a key driver in bee declines, while probable carcinogen glyphosate is harming endangered monarch butterflies by wiping out the only food young monarchs eat. And chlorpyrifos, a widely-used organophosphate, is so dangerous to human and pollinator health that a federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban it. This was written by the president of Friends of the Earth in a plea to save bees from what he calls "an indirect apocalypse."While I certainly want to save the bees, more than ever I don't want to eat the same stuff that's killing them! Read further:
Glyphosate, a probable human carcinogen according to the World Health Organization's cancer research agency, was found on 100% of oat cereal samples and 100% of pinto bean samples tested. Organophosphates, which are so toxic to children's developing brains that scientists have called for a complete ban, were found in 100% of applesauce samples, 61% of whole apples and 25% of spinach samples. Neonicotinoids, which the European Union has banned due to robust science linking the chemicals to bee die-offs, and which have been linked to endocrine disruption and autism spectrum disorder, were found in 80% of spinach and 73% of applesauce samples. Remember, these chemistries were found on food, from Costco, Walmart and other major name brand retailers. But, here's what really set me off. At the same time I was reading about bees and food, I was reading about lithium-ion batteries and look what jumped out:
In addition to the dangers of fire...