The Food Irradiation plot
Why the USDA Wants to Sterilize Fresh Produce and Turn Live Foods into Dead Foods
Monday, April 14, 2008
There's a new plot
underway to sterilize your food and destroy the nutritional value of fresh produce. The players in this plot
are the usual suspects: The USDA (which backed the "raw" almond sterilization rules now in effect in California) and the American Chemical Society -- a pro-chemical group that represents the interests of industrial chemical manufacturers. The latest push comes from USDA researchers who conducted a study to see which method more effectively killed bacteria on leafy green vegetables like spinach.
To conduct the study, they bathed the spinach in a solution contaminated with bacteria. Then, they tried to remove the bacteria using three methods: Washing, chemical spraying and irradiation. Not surprisingly, only the ...