Dioxins Aglow

Xenobiotic Detection Systems (XDS) has developed a test to detect the presence of dioxin (the carcinogenic byproducts created in the manufacture of chemicals and products like processed animal feed) in the environment.
By the Mother Earth News editors
April/May 2001


Content Tools

Related Content

Rest in Peace . . . or Get Your Piece?

I’m sitting on the deck of my room at the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City, California, on a gorgeo...

Celebrate Where We Are

Yesterday I had coffee with Kirk Adkisson, a pastor who’s starting a progressive Presbyterian church...

The Responsibility of the Corporate World to the Environment

For decades, corporations have been able to skirt past being held accountable for any environmental ...

The Problem with Environmentalists

For decades environmentalists have been passionate about the cause and, it turns out, we were right....

Here's another word of wisdom about your diet: If it glows, don't eat it.

By genetically engineering mammalian cells to produce luciferase, the enzyme responsible for firefly light, Xenobiotic Detection Systems (XDS) has developed a test to detect the presence of dioxin in the environment. The test, which causes dioxins to glow, can be used to detect their presence in air, water, soil and biological samples, thereby reducing your chance of exposure.

Dioxins, the carcinogenic byproducts created in the manufacture of chemicals and products such as processed animal feed, are known to be toxic to humans and animals. Animal studies suggest that low-level exposure over long periods to dioxins may also result in birth defects and decreased fertility in both males and females. According to Robert Clark, business manager at XDS, the effect of dioxins is cumulative. "They are in the food chain," says Clark. "We just don't know how much [dioxins] are considered extremely detrimental."

Most dioxin exposure, however, comes through the food we eat, and is concentrated in animal fats. Federal dietary guidelines recommend eating lean meat and poultry and consuming lowfat or skim milk to reduce dioxin exposure.

-Michael As prion








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.