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evil trickery. historic "opening" may be a Trojan Horse
Yesterday I wrote to all of you that I thought
the USDA ban on dioxin-laced chickens
may be a historic opening for us to raise the
dioxin issue nationally.
I still think that is
true, but there may be something else going
that deserves our attention.
What I thought about last night were
Peter Montague's words in REHW 553:
in essence, that the role of government
was to *institutionalize* and
that the polluters' business
activity continues unabated, while creating
the facade of environmental protection.
That very activity may be the central
theme of the USDA/FDA/EPA ban on
the dioxin-laced chickens. eggs, and
maybe catfish. For what have they done?
While appearing to protect the public
from harm (by banning obviously tainted
chickens and eggs) they are attempting
to INSTITUTIONALIZE 1 PPT DIOXIN
AS AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL OF
CONTAMINATION IN FOOD!!!
What a wonderful way for them to get the
beef, pork, and dairy industries (and, by
implication, the chemical, plastics, and
incinerator industries) off the hook! If you
look at Schecter's dioxin-in-food table
on page 80 of "Dying From Dioxin",
you can see that virtually every meat
listed is below 1 ppt except hamburger.
So you can imagine that once 1 ppt
becomes an "acceptable" level of
contamination, the FDA will haggle
with the beef industry and the acceptable
level of contamination so as to allow most
Thus it falls on us to let the public know
that we must NOT instutionalize any level
of contamination of our food, and
CERTAINLY not 1 ppt dioxin, which is
the status quo level which is making people
sick now, much sicker in the future, and
ruining people's lives.
In summary, I do think that this still is
an historic opening to put the dioxin issue
into the public eye. But we must not let
the regulatory agencies lull the public
into thinking that their actions protect
anyone except the polluters and
the polluted-food industries.