August 4, 2005
By Kimberly Shumaker
It is a somewhat ' traditional belief' that our government does not allow toxins and chemicals into our food supply - which would endanger us.
For years we have consumed tap water, eaten processed food - and purchased new foods on the market, which are pre-packaged and contain the words "enriched" and "processed".
Today, I present to you ONE example of the way in which government looks at our food supply, and what it deems 'acceptable levels' of certain products.
Water is the product of the day. Bottled Water, specifically.Below is from the FDA web site, which clearly shows the government's decision on Arsenic, and how much is allowable. Yes, I said ARSENIC.
Before we begin, let's look at the definition of Arsenic.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Arsenicn 1: a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar [syn: As, atomic number 33] 2: a white powdered poisonous trioxide of arsenic; used in manufacturing glass and as a pesticide and weed killer [syn: arsenic trioxide, arsenous anhydride, arsenous oxide]
With this definition in mind, think about the marvelous quantities of bottled water being sold in stores today. Going to a sporting event? What goes into the cooler? Bottled Water! Spending a day at the beach? Bottled Water!
Health conscious consumers across the country have decided to watch the amount of colas they consume, and have traded them in for cool, refreshing water.
But, there is a catch.
First, have you noticed the labels? Do you know the difference between ‘purified water’, ‘drinking water’, and ‘spring water’? Most people do not – as they have ingrained in their belief system that . . . View Article