I am ashamed to say I have only now finally subscribed to The New York Times online. And, you could say, I’m just eating it up! I find myself reading with food vision, and I’m seeing it everywhere. Funny, that something we do three times a day might pervade our news, not to mention, our commerce and politics. If there is one way a man with power/money might be sure to influence the masses, it is surely through the stomach. But now, to the Man I say, watch out, my stomach is reading. Closely.
U.S. Panel Criticized as Overstating Cancer Risks, The New York Times, May 7, 2010
Obama’s Cancer Panel came out with a report that says environmental causes of cancer have been vastly underestimated. And, not surprisingly, the revolving-door-filled American Cancer Society comes back and says that they’re wrong, that actually it’s just smoking that’s causing cancer. And that toxins in our environment (“pesticides, industrial chemicals, medical X-rays, vehicle exhaust, plastic food containers and too much sun”) have nothing to do with it.
This led me to The Cancer Prevention Coalition, founded by Samuel Epstein. They have this long-winded but fascinating tome to show as evidence for ACS’s two-faced, industry-invested, money-making nature. Wow.
And this led me to the University of Chicago’s School of Public Health site, since that’s where Epstein used to be a professor. Darn. But worth looking into. Any place that gives a second thought to a focus on prevention over treatment.
And from yesterday…
Invasion of the Superweeds, The New York Times, May 6, 2010
A fairly diplomatic inquiry into the different truths about the chemical behind Round-Up, Monsanto’s number one pesticide. Six experts from different sides of the issue praise and poo-poo the chemical also known as glyphosate. Interesting to read these brief statements from across the board. Makes me feel like I’m reading one of those quizzes from Seventeen Magazine–if you agree with this editorial, you are a Green Gal, if you liked this editorial the most, you score as a Short-sighted Sissy. I especially cringe at the editorial that’s actually entitled “Diagnosing the Enemy.” Way to combine ideas of war and allopathic medicine into one quick fix for agriculture, sheesh!
As well as…
As Oil Threat Creeps Closer, a Rush on Seafood, The New York Times, May 6, 2010
Looking at Louisiana and other Gulf Coast residents who are stocking up on fresh seafood before it all gets doused in oil in the coming weeks. A very interesting look at the dynamic relationship between the oil business and the fishing business. As well as a lens on the people of our country who don’t think chicken or beef when they think about dinner. It’s fish, what else? Refreshing for me, even coming from the Northwest–I just don’t think of fish for dinner. I always think of it as being too expensive. Time to re-evaluate, and consider the influences on my buying habits.
Here’s to the news, and to all the literate stomachs out there! More updates coming your way soon.