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FDA: OK to zap spinach, lettuce with radiation

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posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 12:00 PM
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Wouldn't the radiation pass through it only killing the nasties but NOT making it radioactive? Like a Microwave? Or and Oven? Because I'm pretty sure they work in the same way as a Oven only with a different frequency band...?

Thanks.


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posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 12:07 PM
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Wouldn't the radiation pass through it only killing the nasties but NOT making it radioactive?


Yes.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 12:11 PM
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yeah lets Zap the veggies with radiation because we have animals farms upstream of the veggies farms and they get E coli from it, so instead of removing the animals farms from veggie Irrigation routes, lets just RADIATE veggies an cure them. WOW, re-Darn_Dic-U-los!

Sure, lets radiate Ourselves when we get sick too, hell lets forget about water as a means to cleanse ourselves, Lets just take baths in Nuke stockpiles. Or By products of Nuclear Power plants. Make a soap out of it.

Why on gods Unradiated green earth, would we want to do this, Because of a Bacteria that naturally occurs, due to being in close proximity of Fecal waste?

Alters My mind...... an My DNA.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 12:28 PM
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Originally posted by feydrautha
...radiation kills bad things...


It also happens to kill the good things. Not all microbes are bad, ya know...


I happen to think that irradiating food is a colossally stupid move. It *might* not harm you. But let's face it, no one really knows. It's not like food becomes irradiated naturally...

Good luck everyone.

:shk:

[edit on 23-8-2008 by loam]



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 12:31 PM
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Life expectancy in the US is coming down for the first time in over 50 years. I suspect this is a direct result of the food crisis, ie and industrialized diet, and the healtcare crisis, with a greedy system and a cancer epidemic (vaccines?). Likewise in western europe somewhere down the line. The only counteracting factor is a better first response medical grid and more effective surgeory, which is keeping people alive longer but at lower functioning capacity. Again, in the US this isn't going against the trend, which is a start in the decrease of the life expectancy.

Sources for the above are still sketchy, as no government will admit to this unless forced, but I have heard it from several interviews and read it on several sites. I expect it to become a higher profile meme sometime soon. Note that terrorism, war casualities and even accident victims are pratically negligible in the totals, which should give people a clue as to what their real priorities should be. Don't ask me for sources, research it for yourself


Low calory diets are indeed praised often, but they have to undertaken with fresh healthy foods for any positive effect. Try LC with irradiated vegetables and I would bet you would be dead within 5 years. Besides, I don't even like the term, they aren't LC diets, they are Right Calory diets that also cover all the basics in antioxidants, organic sugars, acids, etc. High calory industrial diets give you the carbs, and little else, so you have energy to move an ever degrading body, whils a good diet gives you just enough energy but a good biological repair ability and a strong immune system.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 12:35 PM
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Why on gods Unradiated green earth


lol.

Background Radiation

Natural Background Radiation



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 12:43 PM
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Not exactly the same thing as food irradiation, now is it?

Just want to point that out so no one gets confused by your post.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:09 PM
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Sources for the above are still sketchy, as no government will admit to this unless forced, but I have heard it from several interviews and read it on several sites.


Try to find a source, even if sketchy. I would like to know how long this trend has been going on, because a more suspect cause for a decline in the average life expectancy would be the declining economy. In countries with Socialized Healthcare, this isn't as much of a problem - however in the US where we have to deal with insurance companies, the fall of our economy has lead to an increase in uninsured families and a reduction in coverage for those who are insured. A population who finds the cost of proper medical treatment and maintenance will lower the life expectancy rate.

2000 ~ 2004 study on rising rate of the uninsured

Artical, same source, from 06 ~ Uninsured at an all time high.

A decrease in life expectancy can also come from increased immigration from second and third world countries, which the US and Europe has been facing increasing numbers of in the last decade. However, this trend will even out and shouldn't put much of a dent in the average as second generation immigrants who are raised in a healthier environment are not as susceptible to premature death due to adverse living conditions.

Obesity is a major problem... an epidemic really... but as said, it's got more to do with convince, cost effectiveness, lack of exercise, and perhaps other biological functions. Such as viruses.




The only counteracting factor is a better first response medical grid and more effective surgeory, which is keeping people alive longer but at lower functioning capacity.


Any data to back this up? I don't doubt that Europe has a better healthcare system - however, what data is there to suggest that Europeans have gotten more lethargic over the years and that there is a definite correlation between this and malnutrition?




Try LC with irradiated vegetables and I would bet you would be dead within 5 years.


Irradiation doesn't strip out all of the nutrients. In fact, it strips out far less than conventional cooking methods - including steaming, which is popular for CR diets. The effect is largely negligable.

Idaho State University - Food Irradiation



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:19 PM
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You're right. Background radiation constantly irradiates YOU. The irradiation of your food will not. You'll get more radiation from your food via the naturally occurring radioactive materials your food absorbs from the soil than you will from a lifetime of eating irradiated food.

This goes back to an earlier post by someone who used a quote to compare food irradiation to terrorists setting off a dirty bomb (lol). The two are not even remotely similar because the process of irradiation does not make the food radioactive. Dirty bombs don't make things radioactive either. They simply spread radioactive materials which are scattered through the environment and continue to emit radiation. They would only be similar if the process of irradiating our food involved placing the radioactive material ON THE FOOD itself - thereby leaving residue from the material on the produce which would continue to emit radiation.

Besides, the entire point of that post was to refute the idea of "Gods green non-irradiated Earth" - when as a point of fact, the Earth is constantly irradiated by natural - not man made - sources.

It's a bit of irony really, that all these people who are freaked out by irradiated food and sticking to "natural organic" foods are going to get the exact same amount of radiation from their food (if not more) than the people eating irradiated food!

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posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:19 PM
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I knew someone would Nit pick My "God's Unradiated green earth "

I know fully well about the Natural forms of radiation. As well as the unnatural forms... I was merely playing with words an didnt mean it as the natural variety.

this is all i see anymore on here, people nit picking to come out an state the Obvious, Lets have some true honest Opinons here, an less OMG look he posted this an I know it means this, understand that not everyone thinks in a straight line, Nor like yourself, an most dont always mean exactly as its worded.

it seems we have allowed the Ignorant to run our world rather then the Understanding an Wise.

what ever happened to washing the produce? Oh yeah costs too much to do it right so why not use a cheaper less understood method.

WOw

edited to add another WOW



[edit on 23-8-2008 by Tranceopticalinclined]



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:28 PM
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So let me get this straight. You make a false statement (knowingly or unknowingly). I correct you. You call me ignorant (in a round about way), and then you proceed to make a statement like this:




what ever happened to washing the produce? Oh yeah costs too much to do it right so why not use a cheaper less understood method.


Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Irradiation only affects pathogens. Water is not an effective way to remove pathogens, especially those INSIDE the food.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:33 PM
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We as consumer are tied from our hands and feet, either we consume what they have to offer , or we starve.

Ever been to rural areas? ever tasted the food they have there?
thing is that there are less and less people wanting to produce fruits, vegetables and meats like they used to.

Modern hydroponic techniques, meat factories, and the like are the only way to produce satisfying the growing demand, in order to produce the quantities needed things have changed, and not always for our benefit.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:35 PM
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The lowering of the life expectancy in the US is a fairly recent trend, probably XIst century only.

Are you kidding about european lethargy? Just check the statistics for new cars sold... I have a car, I walk less, although I still try and be active. Plus you can see it at the beach, loads of pre obesity bodies waddling all over the place, especially kids. 18 years ago it was rare to see a fat kid at the beach here, now it's commonplace. One huge factor is electronic entertainment.

Irradiated foods takes a lot, plus you're still likely going to cook them, taking even more.

Here's a clue: Sterilization is death, you're killing the biological components of whatever your sterilizing. The problem with this logic is that the higiene which is achieved is toxic to us, because we are of the same biological matrix as the things we are steralizing. This is the conceptual failure of modern higiene. We need organic higiene practices, not kisses of death. It's simple if you think of it in this broad term. And remember that what might seem negligible, such as irradiation, will likely have cumulative effects over time, which may end up deadly.

I also suspect the proponents of this insanity know this, and willingly conceal it.

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posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:37 PM
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Where did you get the notion that I was concerned about being exposed to additional radiation via this process????




The PRECISE point I made was that killing everything, including beneficial biota, and potentially damaging the natural proteins or even DNA of the consumable organic matter in question is just plain dumb, imo.

The true risk/benefit profile of this practice is really unknown. So asserting with such conviction the practice is safe is nothing short of a lie.

The point you're railing against is a complete red-herring issue.
Is that an intentional effort on your part to be obtuse?


[edit on 23-8-2008 by loam]



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:44 PM
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Why is E coli on our Produce in the 1st place? I've grown veggies an grown up growing veggies an have never had a e coli problem. Can anyone explain that? But why these Mass produce farms are having this issue? is it because of the Animal farms upstream ?





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posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:51 PM
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i really don't think the real issue is about radiating/zapping veggies

what this new rule allows is 4th world countries to enter the food supply chain...
without adequate supervision or regulatory requirements on the growing or handling of food (in this case leafy crops) by the producers...

the idea is; they can grow whatever they want and in totally unsanitary conditions & handling == we'll just zap the stuff , so the food service industry can generate profits where there were none before. !!

anyone get what i'm saying?



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:52 PM
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This is usually the consequence of cross-contamination from a livestock source.

Water is usually the conveying culprit.

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I do get your point.

You should also see the degree to which human waste and contaminated water are used in foreign agricultural practice.

[edit on 23-8-2008 by loam]



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:59 PM
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I think there's a misconception here. I thought you were referring to my reply to Tranceopticalinclined, as clicking the "Reply to Lasheic" link simply brought me to the top of the page and wouldn't single out the exact post you were referring to. I must have made the faulty assumption that you were replying to the post directly above yours. So when I framed my response, it was likely with an entirely different post in mind.

No red herring, and sorry about that.

But... I will say that irradiation does not kill everything. It generally only brings the pathogen level down to an acceptable level where they will not pose a health risk to even those with low constitutions - such as young children and the elderly. Care and preventative measures must be taken even after irradiation to keep the food preserved so as to prevent the remaining pathogens from spreading again.

As for risk/benefit analysis - well, we could always use more for everything. However irradiation of select food products has been tested for several decades now and is used in general practice (especially in France and Belgium IIRC) with no serious or discernible side effects. So while it hasn't been proven safe in all totality - it's been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. in both the lab and in practice.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 02:09 PM
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Originally posted by Lasheic
No red herring, and sorry about that.


Fair enough.


Originally posted by Lasheic
But... I will say that irradiation does not kill everything.


That would depend on the actual dose.

Not the best source, but this will do:




Low Dose Applications (up to 1 kGy)

* Sprout inhibition in bulbs and tubers 0.03-0.15 kGy
* Delay in fruit ripening 0.25-0.75 kGy
* Insect disinfestation including, quarantine treatment and elimination of food borne parasites 0.07-1.00 kGy

Medium Dose Applications (1 kGy to 10 kGy)

* Reduction of spoilage microbes to prolong shelf-life of meat, poultry and seafoods under refrigeration 1.50-3.00 kGy
* Reduction of pathogenic microbes in fresh and frozen meat, poultry and seafoods 3.00-7.00 kGy
* Reducing number of microorganisms in spices to improve hygenic quality 10.00 kGy

High Dose Applications (above 10 kGy)

* Sterilisation of packaged meat, poultry and their products which are shelf stable without refrigeration. 25.00-70.00 kGy
* Sterilisation of Hospital diets 25.00-70.00 kGy
* Product improvement as increased juice yield or improved re-hydration

It is important to note that these doses are above those currently permitted for these food items by the FDA and other regulators around the world. The Codex Alimentarius Standard on Irradiated Food does not specify any upper dose limit. NASA is authorized to sterilize frozen meat for astronauts at doses of 44 kGy as a notable exception.

Source.



Moreover, none of that accounts for unauthorized doses, accidents, or other unintended doses.


Originally posted by Lasheic
As for risk/benefit analysis ... irradiation of select food products has been tested for several decades now...So while it hasn't been proven safe in all totality - it's been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. in both the lab and in practice.


I think that is still a matter of opinion. For example, 'beyond a reasonable doubt' would certainly not be the threshold I would arrive at after only a couple of decades of VERY limited study or use.


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posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 02:10 PM
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Originally posted by loam


You should also see the degree to which human waste and contaminated water are used in foreign agricultural practice.




reinforces my point on food processing corps making profits,

you seem to be citing conditions in at least one present G-8 country

....India, China, many other non-western countries presently produce food that is not presently 'Acceptable' to western standards,
but with this 'foot-in-the-door' regulatory standard much of the 3rd & 4th world food production plants will now be coming on line with hamburger sandwhich garnishes for example. lettuce, chives, leeks etc




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