Published on Monday, 04 October 2010 00:08
Written by Tore B. Krudtaa
This site is currently dedicated to exposing information about products that may be harmful to the environment, animals and humans.
We are not funded by any political party or any company, which means that we are free to write whatever we want.
Our main goals
All industrialized countries expect economical growth each year. As a result of economical growth comes more consumption. More people means even more consumption. Do you belive this growth in both population and consumption can go on, without affecting life on this planet in a negative way? We belive that the biggest problem we face is the uncontrolled growth of people. Most governments around the world know this fact, but which government has had the currage to deal with this issue? What matters the most to most governments are economical growth.
There are many products that pose a huge threat against life on this planet. You have probably heard about toxic substances like PCB, Dioxin, DDT and Agent Orange. These products where sold by the manufacturer many years after it's manufacturer knew how toxic they where to life on this planet. How could this happen? Main reason is that our regulatory authorities trust the risk assessments made by the manufacturer. History has also shown us that some of the manufacturers do not give much toughts to ethical or environmental issues. What matters to them is quick profit which in turn may lead to falsified scientific studies in order to show our regulatory authorities that there is no reason to worry. PCB, Dioxin, DDT and Agent Orange are now banned world wide. But since PCB, Dioxin, DDT and Agent Orange are not easily biodegradable they will continue to destroy life on this planet for many years to come.
One important issue is that we have not made any changes to the system that made it possible for these products to be approved. When a company today release a new chemical product to be used in agriculture or perhaps in your garden, then these products are not beeing tested properly by our regulatory authorities. Most products are being tested by the producer.
We need to change the way products are approved, before they are released to the market. History has shown us that we cannot trust the safety studies made by the manufacturer. We need independent studies made by independent researchers. And we need long term testing.
Issues we want to focus on are these:
Informing the public and our authorities about products that pose a threat to our health and our planets biodiversity
Products we currently focus on are:
- GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)
When e.g. GE-crops or GE-fish are released into the nature, the GMO-producer are not able to prevent the patented genes from spreading to its conventional species or closely related species.
In other words living GMOs outside closed laboratories = GENETIC POLLUTION
In addition there has been published many independent scientific studies which indicate that consumption of certain types of GMOs may lead to sterilty, organ damage and more.
- Some specially selected herbicides
Several studies made by independent scientists indicates that some herbicides pose a huge threat to life on this planet.
One such product are the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.
Several independent scientific studies indicates that Roundup is a lot more dangerous to both health and environment than initially claimed by it's producer.
According to Marie-Monique Robin, the author of the book "The World According To Monsanto", Monsanto's advertising once claimed: "Glyphosate is less toxic to rats than table salt following acute oral ingestion" (more examples of Monsanto's advertising practices can be found here). Not so many months ago, Dr. Andres Carrasco, a lead embryologist at the University of Bueno Aires Medical School and the Argentinean national research council, discovered that glyphosate-based herbicides like Monsanto's Roundup formula caused deformations in chicken embryos that resembled the kind of birth defects which where reported in areas like La Leonesa, where big agribusinesses depend on glyphosate to treat genetically engineered crops. Are you surprised? In e.g. Norway glyphosate was never tested by independent researchers. Our authorities read the safety studies made by Monsanto, and believed it. Do you belive any proper independent safety testing was made by the authorities in the U.S. before Roundup was approved there? Think again.
Another herbicide, namely Atrazin are now destroying lives for many amfibians around the world. Scientists have found strong indications that this dangerous chemical are able to change sex in frogs and that it greatly contributes to the decline in the global amphibian population. Scientific studies indicate that Atrazin are able to change a male frog in to a female, and even make it so these frankenstein-females are able to get baby-frogs. This herbicide are no longer allowed in Norway or in the European Union, but is still used in many countries around the world.
- Farmed fish
Norway has been producing farmed salmon and farmed cod for many years. Environmental organizations has for many years demanded that this industry should move all their production to closed production plants. The reason for this is multifaceted. One of the negative effects related to this kind of production is that farmed salmon in houndreds of thousands escape the fishfarms. These escaped farmed salmon then consume wast quantities of wild fish in order to survive. Wild fish that would normally serve as food for the wild fish. Another worrying result of the escaped farmed salmon, is that they are able to mate with the wild salmon. The escaped salmon swim up our rivers and mix their eggs and semen with the wild fish. This in turn lead to changed DNA footprint for the wild fish. What these changes will cause over time is hard to predict but is worrying. Another issue is the possible health issue. The health issue are relevant in relation to the fish itself, for those that consume the farmed fish and for the environment in close proximity of the fishfarms. In Norway huge quantities of highly toxic chemicals as well as antibiotics are used in order to kill sea lice and prevent the fish from getting sick respectively. Some of the newly introduced chemicals used to kill sea lice are diflubenzuron and teflubenzuron. These two highly toxic chemicals are also used on land, but here it is not allowed to be used in close proximity to water. That the norwegian authorities has allowed the fishfarm industry to use these toxic chemicals in open water is nothing less than a regulatory scandal. We should not forget that in order to produce one kilo of farmed salmon the fishfarm industry use about 3 to 5 kilogram of wild fish. The fishfarms also indirectly produce huge quantities of sea lice, which result in abnormal quantities in the sea lice populations in our fjords. These sea lice kill wild salmon and sea trout in large numbers.
Since the fishfarm industry and the regulatory authorities allows this destruction of biodiversity to continue in order to enrich themselves we recommend the following: DO NOT EAT FARMED SALMON (or farmed Cod) FROM NORWAY. It might not be good for your health, and it is beyond doubt a disaster for the environment.
Informing the public and our authorities about connections between regulatory authorities and the industry which leads to bad decisions
People elected into important political positions today have ownership in the industry they are supposed to control.
Several scientists which sit in positions where they perform risk assessments of products that potentially pose a risk to our health or our planets biodiversity are making biased decisions.
Work for an alternative way to approve products that might pose a risk to our health and our planets biodiversity
Products that might be a threat to our health or our plantest biodiversity are beeing tested by the manufacturers.
Our authorities which should protect us from potentially harmful products, perform risk assessments based on the information from the manufacturer.
Often, products which have only undergone short term safety testing, are approved, simply because our authorities are more interested in helping the manufacturer than protecting our health. We need our regulatory authorities to honor the precautionary principle. A principle which have been neglected in relation to many risk assessments.
Current approval systems in many countries gives us the impression that it is made for the manufacturer and not for protecting our health or our planets biodiversity. This need to be changed. We need an approval system which automatically require that certain types of products undergo long term independent scientific studies, before they eventually are approved.
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