|From:||CPEO Moderator <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||30 Apr 2003 19:20:13 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] The Poison of Ignorance|
THE LA TIMES Editorial The Poison of Ignorance Government should determine whether there's a threat in our foods from a rocket-fuel chemical. April 29, 2003 Six years ago, after scientists found potentially toxic levels of the chemical perchlorate in two missile manufacturing plants in Utah and in several water wells in California, Agriculture Department officials proposed conducting a $215,000 study to investigate whether the Pentagon's use of the chemical in manufacturing rocket fuel during the Cold War could have caused the pollution. The Pentagon refused to pony up the money, less than one-quarter of the cost of a single cruise missile. Today, efforts to study the extent of perchlorate contamination remain mired in politics, even as new research suggests that such ignorance may be putting the public's health at risk. A study published Monday by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group tested 22 types of lettuce purchased at California supermarkets this year and found that at least four were contaminated with levels of perchlorate that might be high enough to cause thyroid dysfunction. To view this editorial, copy and paste the following URL into your browser: http://www.latimes.com/templates/misc/printstory.jsp?slug=la%2Ded%2Dperch29apr29§ion=/printstory ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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