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Climate Change Grows More Allergen-Producing Plants

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posted on Nov, 16 2010 @ 02:02 PM

Climate Change Grows More Allergen-Producing Plants and Fungi - Rising CO2, Temperatures Can Raise Allergen Levels

Bad news for 35 million allergy sufferers – ragweed, fungal spores and poison ivy are thriving due to rising carbon dioxide levels. At the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in Phoenix, Nov. 11-16, allergists and scientists discussed the effects of rising CO2 levels and a changing climate on plant biology and public health.

“Plant-based respiratory allergies are on the rise and increased levels of ragweed pollen are in the air,” said ACAAI symposium presenter Lewis Ziska, PhD, a plant physiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service. “Climate change is affecting plants and human health, especially allergy sufferers.”

This may be the case, there is another big cause for allergic reactions today and that would be all the chemicals and additives added to the food we eat which in my opinion is more dangerous as many of them are toxic and poisonous and can cause cancer and ultimately death, this is a much bigger concern then ragwood, fungal spores and poison ivy.

I am not diminishing the illnesses caused by our environment, we are seeing more environmental illnesses because of banning DDT and other dangerous chemicals that were used on our crops to keep insects away not so long ago. It is good that these chemicals are banned but what good is it when they are used in our food supply.

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