It's Not the Bugs in Your Food That You Need to Worry About

| 2/15/2012 7:11:37 AM

I saw an article in the Toronto Star newspaper recently about how weevils had been found in some bags of rice. But they just weren’t found in the rice, they had “infiltrated and contaminated” the rice. Really? Contaminated? 

After the contaminated bags were removed the area was inspected by a pest-control company and thoroughly cleaned. Because you know, you don’t want your food to come into contact with bugs! 

Well, I’ve got news for you. Food does come in contact with bugs. Lots of them. Most of our food wouldn’t even exist if bugs hadn’t pollinated it at some point. Oh, and by the way, food grows in dirt! That’s right, it grows right in the dirt! Yuck! 

Our world has reached the point where people freak out about a perfectly natural process. It simply amazes me that people who eat things like hamburgers, which are ground up pieces of cows, freak out over bugs. “Oh those bugs are gross, but please pass me some more liver.” 

Our sterile, Styrofoam-packaged culture has distorted our perception of reality and something as natural as bugs are seen as unsanitary, while the real threat to your health is what you can’t see. It’s the pesticides and insecticides and fungicides and all those other “cides” that make your food look perfect, but which can cause huge problems in your body. 

2/17/2012 2:32:47 PM

I think before we trash the potential effects of what BPA causes or doesn't cause we need be more patient. Making rash statements that it is harmless because it doesn't have conclusive evidence of causing disease is pretty rash. Our government used to hide harmful components from us like DDT and Thalidomide for example. DDT was finally banned when they discovered it was responsible for the decline of eagles. Thalidomide was finally regulated as the go to pill for morning sickness drug when they discovered it caused birth defects. 2,4,D as a herbicide after 50+ years is just now being revealed that it causes various forms of cancer. Studies take time and lab rats don't have the same results that humans do so to get conclusive evidence is time consuming. The jury is out conclusively until more evidence comes in. Our Gov't is now telling us there are potential hazards to use with caution and we have those who even question that as being true. In the meantime I think to jump to a polarized side one way or the other is not called for. It is a persons choice whether they want to take the chance to expose themselves to a recognized potential harmful chemical or not. There was one idiot who drank 2.4.D to prove it was harmless. Personally I think we need to be cautious as to what we use, and if the final analysis comes back conclusively that it causes disease that action should be taken at that time.

2/16/2012 3:44:23 PM

Hey, Cam! Try to keep up, will you? Even with their incompetent methods of collecting & manipulating data, and not arguing about whether or not 2010 was the hottest on record, average world temps (whatever that means) have been stable for the past 13 yrs. Hurricanes & tornadoes are actually less common and less severe for the past 30 yrs than they were earlier in the 20th century. You should avoid the evening news because they're lying to you.The weather guy was avoiding the truth because his network won't allow him to admit there's no climate change...You're absolutely right about the disconnnect between the urbanites and their food sources, but exacxtly how many illnesses have been caused by routine exposure to BPA? (answer: ZERO)...You're entitled to your opinion, but MEN editors have to be more careful about letting unsubstantiated comments be published disguised as facts.

Denise Roberts
2/15/2012 4:01:33 PM

I agree about the bugs! The climate change is completely different - the earth is and has been in constant change. We may have high temp records since the time they began recording, but looking at history, the earth has made major changes over billions of years. 3,000 year old cities where once thriving communities with large rivers and lakes, plants and animals - they are now deserts. Areas that were deserts are now at the bottom of lakes and rivers. As new islands appear in the oceans, others disappear. Remember reading about the Ice Age? Our world is in a constant state of change and anyone who thinks humans can stop it are just kidding themselves. Earthquakes, volcano, tornado, floods, drought, cold, hot - it is what makes this earth habitable. If climates didn't change - stayed the same forever - and the earth didn't renew itself, we would be in bigger trouble!

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