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Viral Video… Another Killer Chemical We Haven’t Been Told About

Where do I start?

Cute little kid who’s so obviously being used and scripted by an organic convert parent or grandparent?

Or killer chemical we’ve all ingested and have never been told about?

Ok, let’s start with the video.  If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is.

If you didn’t watch it, the idea of the video is this little girl and her grandmother did an experiment on how long it took  a sweet potato to sprout and grow vines.  First they bought a sweet potato at the grocery store and nothing happened.  Went back to the store and replaced the potato, again nothing.  Went back and talked to the produce guy who told them that the potato they buy in the store won’t sprout.  Its sprayed with a chemical with a trade name of Bud Nip that prevents sprouting.  He suggested one of their organic sweet potatoes.  They did and got some small scrawny sprouts.  Then they went to a real organic grocery store and got a truly organic potato.  Which sprouted in a week and when the video was shot the vines were 2 to 3 feet long. Then she talks about the Bud Nip and how bad it is for you.

First off, I applaud the child and grandmother doing experiments.  I’m all for that sort of thing.

Second, PARENTS how dare you exploit your child like that.  Shame on you and/or the grandparents for using your kid as a shill for your political agenda.  Listen, its a good message, but let your kid be a kid, not some sort of pawn in your game.  We all know that this little girl didn’t come up with this on her own.

So, done with the cute.

Bud Nip, or as its known in scientific circles, chlorpropham.  Using the fewest words, this is a preemergence growth inhibitor.  In simple terms, it keeps plants from sprouting.  If you spray it on your lawn in the spring just after the grass turns green, it will keep the weeds from sprouting and growing.  Spray it on a farm field a few weeks before planting and the weeds don’t come up but the seeds you plant will.  The reason you can plant shortly after using it is because its VERY soluble in water.  So when it rains, it washes through the soil and into the water table (problem number one).

That’s how its suppose to be used.  Unfortunately someone always finds a new use for those wonderful chemicals that make our modern lives livable.  Dupont’s tag line was, “Better living through chemistry.”  When they used it people thought it was a real positive thing.  Chemicals were going to make the world a better place.

Yeah…

So how are they using chlorpropham?  Well, like the little girl says, they’re spraying it on sweet potatoes.  They actually spray it on all root vegetables.  Those carrots, beets and potatoes have a nasty habit of sprouting and using all their stored energy and nutrients to make roots, stems and leaves.  Its not just root vegetables though.  Most of the produce we eat, especially fruits, legumes,  and seeds get treated with it too.  Because just like their root vegetable brethren seeds live to sprout.  About the only thing in the produce section that isn’t sprayed with this stuff are leafy greens like lettuce and spinach, and they have their own chemical dependency issues.

If they’re spraying it on, how can it be so bad?  This doesn’t just sit on the surface, no it soaks into the vegetable, permeating the cell walls all the way to the heart of the vegetable or fruit.  Remember, I said its highly water soluble, and fruits and vegetables have a lot of water in them.  So, it can’t be washed off (problem number two).

Ok, let’s get specific here.  This is a toxic substance.  Acute toxicity has been shown to cause permanent degenerative changes in the liver and kidneys of laboratory animals.  Not to mention deadly congestion of the brain, lungs, and other organs.  There’s a disease that kills thousands of people every year called congestive heart failure, its where the area around the heart fills with liquid and basically prevents the heart from beating fully if at all (problem number three).  This is the kind of congestion they’re talking about.  Acute toxicity is a case where you are exposed to a large dose of it all at once.  Unless you live or work on a farm where this stuff is being used acute exposure isn’t very likely.

So, if acute exposure isn’t likely then what does it matter.  Another side of the toxicity issue is chronic toxicity.  That’s where it builds up in your system over time, much like lead, mercury, or arsenic.  The chronic effects range from retarded growth to death.  The reproductive issues are just as bad with this chemical having the ability to cross the mother’s placenta to be introduced into the developing fetus.   Long term exposure has also been shown to cause cancer.  This stuff builds up in our food supply and therefor in us (problem number four).

Why then do they use this stuff?  Simple, economics.  If they spray this stuff on the vegetables, they don’t have to be as careful in temperature control.  It also means that the vegetables will keep longer in the store.  That means less waste that store has to write off, which means more profit for the stores.  Of course the flip side of that is that since the store won’t have to write off as much, they’ll lower the price of produce.

Yeah…

I had to try to write that last one a few times.  I couldn’t keep from laughing.  Yeah, the grocery store is going to lower its produce prices because they don’t have to throw as much away.

So farmers use it because if their products don’t sprout they look better for the buyers.  The buyers like it because it means they don’t have to be as careful getting it to the distributors.  The distributors like it because they don’t have to rush it to the markets and it can sit in warehouses longer.  Stores like it because produce lasts longer on the shelf.  All around, they all like it because it increases their profits.

Even at the expense of the health of the population…

Oh, and no one wants to talk about it because it taints the image of the good, wholesome produce section.  They are poisoning our food and water supply, as well as the dirt we grow our food in.  This is major corporations and our government waging a war on the public…

This is true terrorism.

It needs to be exposed.

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