Remember that movie Idiocracy where the planet is suffering because the people in their supreme idiocy are ruining the planet and themselves in ridiculous ways such as watering their crops with Brawndo (an electrolyte beverage that curiously resembles Gatorade) instead of water, which is killing the plants (and can’t be good for the people either) — ?
Brawndo, it’s got electrolytes!
With each passing day, I am more and more convinced Idiocracy isn’t just a movie, but in some subtle ways (and sadly, some not so subtle ways), we are already living there.
Just last month I wrote an article calling people to action regarding a sulfuryl fluoride rider in the 2014 House Appropriations Bill that would benefit Dow Chemical Co. to the detriment of the American people. Sulfuryl fluoride is a pesticide fumigant that’s sprayed in buildings where harvested food is stored. The substance breaks down to an inorganic fluoride compound and contributes to numerous potential negative health effects:
“Despite claims that sulfuryl fluoride produces a ‘tiny’ increase in fluoride exposure, the maximum permissible levels in some fumigated foods are high enough to produce acute toxic reactions, such as nausea, vomiting, and headache. A child eating a single portion of pancakes made with flour fumigated at the maximum permissible level (125 ppm F) would ingest enough fluoride to be at risk for flu-like symptoms.”
These effects are only compounded when one considers the fact that sulfuryl fluoride provides us with additional fluoride exposure on top of what is already typically produced while growing the nation’s crops to begin with, considering most municipal water supplies in this country are fluoridated.
Dr. Mercola reports this highly toxic 99.8% fluoride gas “will kill almost anything”:
“[Sulfuryl fluoride] is now used as a structural fumigant to kill all living organisms, such as rodents, cockroaches, insects, bed bugs and fungi, and is used in homes, offices, libraries, trains, ships, etc. In fact, it will kill almost anything. Its trade name is Vikane® and it’s made exclusively by Dow Chemical.
It’s bad enough as a pest control fumigant, but it didn’t end there. In June 2001, Dow AgroSciences (Dow) petitioned the EPA for an Experimental Use Permit to use sulfuryl fluoride as a first-time food fumigant on raisins and walnuts in California. At the same time, Dow also requested an exemption from a fluoride tolerance for raisins.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (thankfully) denied Dow’s request to let the compound be sprayed directly on the food, and, in a move that would actually protect the environment, the EPA saw fit to phase out all tolerance levels for sulfuryl fluoride in 2011:
“…when combined with other fluoride exposure pathways, including drinking water and toothpaste, EPA has concluded that the tolerance (legal residue limits on food) no longer meets the safety standard under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and the tolerances for sulfuryl fluoride should be withdrawn.” [emphasis added]
For just one example of exactly how much of this stuff is used, reference this California EPA report which says the state used 3,045,084 pounds of sulfuryl fluoride in 2002 alone — cha ching! Can you hear the cash register? Can you visualize the dollar signs? Dow certainly can.
Now the EPA has targeted sulfuryl fluoride for removal because, after applying the rare gem that is common sense, the agency has stated that there is no more room for supposedly ‘safe’ tolerances of additional fluoride exposure in this country. In short, we cannot look at this fluoride use as harmless by itself when we know it’s just one more added dose of fluoride on top of all the other sources of fluoride that we are already exposed to living in America.
Well, Dow couldn’t have that. First the company tried fighting it with the ridiculous Pest Free Food Supply Act; and now a rider has snuck in to the 2014 House Appropriations Bill (section 449) that effectively stops the EPA from phasing out these tolerance levels:
“SEC. 449. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Environmental Protection Agency to prepare and finalize an order under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 346a) that in any way removes, withdraws, revokes, or stays tolerances for the pesticide chemical sulfuryl fluoride if that final order takes into consideration aggregate or cumulative exposure to other substances related to sulfuryl fluoride or its metabolites or degradates…“
See how that works? Effectively, the EPA cannot do its job and Dow gets to keep selling sulfuryl fluoride gas showers for our food. Yummy.
I decided to write several congresspeople on this issue myself and I received an interesting response from Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO):
Personally, I think my favorite part is when Congressman Luetkemeyer tries to explain to me that section 449 “merely” states the EPA cannot set rules on restricting the use of sulfuryl fluoride by considering the aggregate effect of using sulfuryl fluoride in an already over-fluoridated world — a move proving for the millionth time that common sense has completely left the Capitol Hill building.
Because we all know spraying a pesticide fumigant on our food that breaks down into an inorganic fluoride substance should be considered as if its being done in a vacuum — we shouldn’t possibly consider how it effects us (or our growing children) as many people are already exposed to fluoride that is grown into the foods we eat, added to the water we drink, and dosing most of the toothpaste for sale. No, we’re supposed to only consider the one single instance of fluoride use as a pesticide fumigant and how it impacts us all by itself in a magical false reality land that doesn’t exist.
In a recent Extraordinary Health article, Cornell entomologist David Pimentel noted, “It has been estimated that only 0.1% of applied pesticides reach the target pests, leaving the bulk of the pesticides (99.9%) to negatively impact the environment.” Considering the EPA is set to raise allowable limits of glyphosate pesticide in our food to ridiculously high levels, you know it’s bad when even the EPA admits it’s bad.
Even worse, though, Congressman Luetkemeyer goes on to claim that taking sulfuryl fluoride off our dinner tables will be “placing unfair burdens” that will “negatively impact thousands of hardworking family farmers”.
So let me get this logic straight: we can’t stop spraying fluoride pesticides on our food because it will burden people who spray fluoride pesticides on our food? Or, in the appropriate Idiocracy caveman speak lingo, “Durr, we make uh peoplez eat poison becuz job.”
After the main character in that film informs everyone that they should water their dying crops with actual water in lieu of sports energy drinks (a real bombshell moment), the stock for the energy drink plummets and people who work for the megacorporation get laid off en masse. The main character ends up sentenced to a gladiatorial fight for his life for costing people their jobs, despite the fact that he was giving them the right advice to keep them from foolishly hurting themselves and their environment.
Because it will somehow burden America’s farmers to limit the amount of fluoride pesticide they can gas our food with, our duly elected representatives like Luetkemeyer intend to vote to allow Dow to keep selling said pesticides, regardless of the negative accumulative impact to our lives, our food and our land.
That’s a pretty big box of congressional idiocy and common sense fail.
(Click here to email your congresspeople a little dose of common sense when it comes to further fluoridating our nation’s food supply.)