U.S. Congress’ Food Laced with Bee-Killing Insecticides, Study Says
ByOn August 8, 2015
The United States Congress is packed with “representatives” who have repeatedly voted to take away our food freedoms, but little do they know that they’re being affected as well.
According to a new study, the U.S. Congress’ meals aren’t exactly top-of-the-line when it comes to being “clean” and healthy, as many U.S. presidents’ have traditionally been.
A new story from Rodale’s Organic Life has the details:
A new study from the American Bird Conservancy and Harvard University found that most of the cafeteria foods served to congressional senators, representatives, aides, and guests tested positive for potent insecticides known to kill birds and bees.
The article notes that these potent insecticides, known as “neonicotinoids,” are used to treat seeds so that they become deadly to insects on contact.
But what are they doing to our health and the health of the planet?
The European Union has already banned them because of the widespread harm they’ve done to bee populations, for one.
In 2013 the American Bird Conservancy found that a single kernel of neonicotinoid-coated corn is capable of killing a songbird.
According to the results of the study, the levels of the insecticide found in the Congressional cafeteria were below the EPA’s unofficial safety dose, but new research out of Japan is showing that such EPA levels may be too high and that even smaller doses can be harmful to humans.
More information can also be found on the Rodale’s Organic Life website including these stats:
- 91 percent of Congress’s food tested positive for one or more neonicotinoid insecticide residues
- 71 percent tested positive for two or more neonicotinoids
- Neonicotinoids turned up in orange juice, five types of bell peppers, melons, steamed broccoli, and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
Will Congress start listening if we let them know the truth about their food supply? Eventually, they might have no choice.
Nick Meyer writes for MAM and the website AltHealthWORKS.com.