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10 American Foods That Are Banned in Other Countries

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Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries.

Here, I’ll review 10 American foods that are banned elsewhere, which were featured in a recent MSN article.

Seeing how the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic foods such as these might play a role in our skyrocketing disease rates.

#1: Farm-Raised Salmon

If you want to maximize health benefits from fish, you want to steer clear of farmed fish, particularly farmed salmon fed dangerous chemicals. Wild salmon gets its bright pinkish-red color from natural carotenoids in their diet. Farmed salmon, on the other hand, are raised on a wholly unnatural diet of grains (including genetically engineered varieties), plus a concoction of antibiotics and other drugs and chemicals not shown to be safe for humans.

This diet leaves the fish with unappetizing grayish flesh so to compensate, they’re fed synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals, which has not been approved for human consumption and has well known toxicities. According to the featured article, some studies suggest it can potentially damage your eyesight. More details are available in yesterday’s article.

Where it’s banned: Australia and New Zealand

How can you tell whether a salmon is wild or farm-raised? The flesh of wild sockeye salmon is bright red, courtesy of its natural astaxanthin content. It’s also very lean, so the fat marks, those white stripes you see in the meat, are very thin. If the fish is pale pink with wide fat marks, the salmon is farmed.

Avoid Atlantic salmon, as typically salmon labeled “Atlantic Salmon” currently comes from fish farms. The two designations you want to look for are: “Alaskan salmon,” and “sockeye salmon,” as Alaskan sockeye is not allowed to be farmed. Please realize that the vast majority of all salmon sold in restaurants is farm raised.

So canned salmon labeled “Alaskan Salmon” is a good bet, and if you find sockeye salmon, it’s bound to be wild. Again, you can tell sockeye salmon from other salmon by its color; its flesh is bright red opposed to pink, courtesy of its superior astaxanthin content. Sockeye salmon actually has one of the highest concentrations of astaxanthin of any food.

#2: Genetically Engineered Papaya

Most Hawaiian papaya is now genetically engineered to be resistant to ringspot virus. Mounting research now shows that animals fed genetically engineered foods, such as corn and soy, suffer a wide range of maladies, including intestinal damage, multiple-organ damage, massive tumors, birth defects, premature death, and near complete sterility by the third generation of offspring. Unfortunately, the gigantic human lab experiment is only about 10 years old, so we are likely decades away from tabulating the human casualties.

Where it’s banned: The European Union

Unfortunately, it’s clear that the US government is not in a position to make reasonable and responsible decisions related to genetically engineered foods at this point, when you consider the fact that the Obama administration has placed former Monsanto attorney and Vice President, Michael Taylor, in charge of US food safety, and serious conflicts of interest even reign supreme within the US Supreme Court! That’s right. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is also a former Monsanto attorney, but refuses to acknowledge any conflict of interest.

#3: Ractopamine-Tainted Meat

The beta agonist drug ractopamine (a repartitioning agent that increases protein synthesis) was recruited for livestock use when researchers found that the drug, used in asthma, made mice more muscular. This reduces the overall fat content of the meat. Ractopamine is currently used in about 45 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys are pumped full of this drug in the days leading up to slaughter. Up to 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket, according to veterinarian Michael W. Fox.

Since 1998, more than 1,700 people have been “poisoned” from eating pigs fed the drug, and ractopamine is banned from use in food animals in no less than 160 different countries due to its harmful health effects! Effective February 11, 2013, Russia issued a ban on US meat imports, slated to last until the US agrees to certify that the meat is ractopamine-free. At present, the US does not even test for the presence of this drug in meats sold. In animals, ractopamine is linked to reductions in reproductive function, increase of mastitis in dairy herds, and increased death and disability. It’s also known to affect the human cardiovascular system, and is thought to be responsible for hyperactivity, and may cause chromosomal abnormalities and behavioral changes.

Where it’s banned: 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and Republic of China (Taiwan)

#4: Flame Retardant Drinks

If you live in the US and drink Mountain Dew and some other citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks, then you are also getting a dose of a synthetic chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which was originally patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant.

BVO has been shown to bioaccumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and animal studies have found it causes reproductive and behavioral problems in large doses. Bromine is a central nervous system depressant, and a common endocrine disruptor. It’s part of the halide family, a group of elements that includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. When ingested, bromine competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine. This can lead to iodine deficiency, which can have a very detrimental impact on your health. Bromine toxicity can manifest as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue, and cardiac arrhythmias. According to the featured article:

“The FDA has flip-flopped on BVO’s safety originally classifying it as ‘generally recognized as safe’ but reversing that call now defining it as an ‘interim food additive’ a category reserved for possibly questionable substances used in food.”

Where it’s banned: Europe and Japan

#5: Processed Foods Containing Artificial Food Colors and Dyes

More than 3,000 food additives — preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients — are added to US foods, including infant foods and foods targeted to young children. Meanwhile, many of these are banned in other countries, based on research showing toxicity and hazardous health effects, especially with respect to adverse effects on children’s behavior. For example, as reported in the featured article:

“Boxed Mac & Cheese, cheddar flavored crackers, Jell-O and many kids’ cereals contain red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and/or blue 2, the most popularly-used dyes in the United States. Research has shown this rainbow of additives can cause behavioral problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. Red 40 and yellow 6 are also suspected of causing an allergy-like hypersensitivity reaction in children. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that some dyes are also “contaminated with known carcinogens.”

In countries where these food colors and dyes are banned, food companies like Kraft employ natural colorants instead, such as paprika extract, beetroot, and annatto. The food blogger and activist Vani Hari, better known as “Food Babe,” recently launched a Change.org petition asking Kraft to remove artificial dyes from American Mac & Cheese to protect American children from the well-known dangers of these dyes.

Where it’s banned: Norway and Austria. In 2009, the British government advised companies to stop using food dyes by the end of that year. The European Union also requires a warning notice on most foods containing dyes.

#6: Arsenic-Laced Chicken

Arsenic-based drugs are approved for use in animal feed in the US because they make animals grow quicker and make the meat appear pinker (i.e. “fresher”). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated these products are safe because they contain organic arsenic, which is less toxic than the other inorganic form, which is a known carcinogen.

The problem is, scientific reports surfaced stating that the organic arsenic could transform into inorganic arsenic, which has been found in elevated levels in supermarket chickens. The inorganic arsenic also contaminates manure where it can eventually migrate into drinking water and may also be causing heightened arsenic levels in US rice.

In 2011, Pfizer announced it would voluntarily stop marketing its arsenic-based feed additive Roxarsone, but there are still several others on the market. Several environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the FDA calling for their removal from the market. In the European Union, meanwhile, arsenic-based compounds have never been approved as safe for animal feed.

Where it’s banned: The European Union

#7: Bread with Potassium Bromate

You might not be aware of this, but nearly every time you eat bread in a restaurant or consume a hamburger or hotdog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is commonly used in flours. The use of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures.

Bromated flour is “enriched” with potassium bromate. Commercial baking companies claim it makes the dough more elastic and better able to stand up to bread hooks. However, Pepperidge Farm and other successful companies manage to use only unbromated flour without any of these so-called “structural problems.” Studies have linked potassium bromate to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies potassium bromate as a possible carcinogen.

Where it’s banned: Canada, China and the EU

#8: Olestra/Olean

Olestra, aka Olean, created by Procter & Gamble, is a calorie- and cholesterol-free fat substitute used in fat-free snacks like chips and French fries. Three years ago, Time Magazinenamed it one of the worst 50 inventions ever, but that hasn’t stopped food companies from using it to satisfy people’s mistaken belief that a fat-free snack is a healthier snack. According to the featured article:

“Not only did a 2011 study from Purdue University conclude rats fed potato chips made with Olean gained weight, there have been several reports of adverse intestinal reactions to the fake fat including diarrhea, cramps and leaky bowels. And because it interferes with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K, the FDA requires these vitamins be added to any product made with Olean or olestra.”

Where it’s banned: The UK and Canada

#9: Preservatives BHA and BHT

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are commonly used preservatives that can be found in breakfast cereal, nut mixes, chewing gum, butter spread, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer, just to name a few. BHA is known to cause cancer in rats, and may be a cancer-causing agent in humans as well. In fact, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program’s 2011 Report on Carcinogens, BHA “is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It may also trigger allergic reactions and hyperactivity, while BHT can cause organ system toxicity.

Where it’s banned: The UK doesn’t allow BHA in infant foods. BHA and BHT are also banned in parts of the European Union and Japan.

#10: Milk and Dairy Products Laced with rBGH

Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America. RBGH is a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin (BST), a hormone produced in cows’ pituitary glands. Monsanto developed the recombinant version from genetically engineered E. coli bacteria and markets it under the brand name “Posilac.”

It’s injected into cows to increase milk production, but it is banned in at least 30 other nations because of its dangers to human health, which include an increased risk for colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer by promoting conversion of normal tissue cells into cancerous ones. Non-organic dairy farms frequently have rBGH-injected cows that suffer at least 16 different adverse health conditions, including very high rates of mastitis that contaminate milk with pus and antibiotics.

“According to the American Cancer Society, the increased use of antibiotics to treat this type of rBGH-induced inflammation ‘does promote the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but the extent to which these are transmitted to humans is unclear,'” the featured article states.

Many have tried to inform the public of the risks of using this hormone in dairy cows, but their attempts have been met with overwhelming opposition by the powerful dairy and pharmaceutical industries, and their government liaisons. In 1997, two Fox-affiliate investigative journalists, Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, attempted to air a program exposing the truth about the dangers of rBGH. Lawyers for Monsanto, a major advertiser with the Florida network, sent letters promising “dire consequences” if the story aired.

Despite decades of evidence about the dangers of rBGH, the FDA still maintains it’s safe for human consumption and ignores scientific evidence to the contrary. In 1999, the United Nations Safety Agency ruled unanimously not to endorse or set safety standards for rBGH milk, which has effectively resulted in an international ban on US milk. The Cancer Prevention Coalition, trying for years to get the use of rBGH by the dairy industry banned, resubmitted a petition to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, in January 2010. Although the FDA stubbornly sticks to its position that milk from rBGH-treated cows is no different than milk from untreated cows, this is just plain false and is not supported by science. The only way to avoid rBGH is to look for products labeled as “rBGH-free” or “No rBGH.”

Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, EU and Canada

Take Control of Your Health with REAL Food

There are many other examples where the US federal regulatory agencies have sold out to industry at the expense of your health, while other countries have chosen to embrace the precautionary principle in order to protect their citizens. If you want to avoid these questionable foods and other potentially harmful ingredients permitted in the US food supply, then ditching processed foods entirely is your best option. About 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food is spent on processed foods, so there is massive room for improvement in this area for most people.

Next, you’ll want to swap out your regular meat sources to organic, grass-fed/pasture-raised versions of beef and poultry. The same goes for dairy products and animal by-products such as eggs.

Swapping your processed-food diet for one that focuses on fresh whole foods is a necessity if you value your health. For a step-by-step guide to make this a reality in your own life, whether you live in the US or elsewhere, simply follow the advice in my optimized nutrition plan, starting with the beginner plan first.

Sources:

MSN.com, 10 things Americans eat that are banned elsewhere

Change.org Kraft Petition

Time Magazine May 27, 2010

Cancer Prevention Coalition, Why is American Milk Banned in Europe?

Business Wire April 2, 2010

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  • Alexandra Spingarn

    Important information… Eat carefully but we can’t becme so obsessed that we are afraid of food.

    • TJ789

      disinformation not based on mainstream scientific literature and promoted by HIV denialist quack Dr. Mercola.

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  • Charles Freilich

    The statements regarding farmed salmon are largely misguided. Antibiotics and other drugs are used in case of disease, this happens every few years but not regularly. Drugs can only be used if they are approved, which requires that they are deemed safe for humans. Such treatment also requires permission and supervision by a veterinary doctor. The most prized White King Salmon has gray flesh due to its diet, yes it may look unappetising to uneducated consumers. Astaxanthin occurs naturally in seafood, and there is nothing wrong with synthesised astaxanthin (it is approved by both FDA and EC). In blind tests, consumers prefer farmed salmon to wild salmon.

    • Nickolas

      Is this why the wild Salmon are contracting the diseases from farmed Salmon due to farmed Salmon being in the routes of the wild salmon? Where are you getting your info Charles? As just here just because something is approved by FDA does not mean it is safe. GMO is approved. So was ddt.

      • Charles Freilich

        Regulatory approval requires that a substance was thoroughly tested and deemed safe. This does not mean that regulators never make mistakes. They happen, as was the case with DDT (similarly, wind power turbines may be banned one day because they kill one million birds a year). Many mistakes are unavoidable. But in the vast majority of cases, regulatory approvals are correct. GMO get approved because they are not known to cause any adverse health effects.

        • Nickolas

          Like agent orange too or lets say roundup ready soy. Is this why they are raising the allowable limit of roundup? If it’s working so well why do we have super weeds now? How can this be hysterical or scientific ignorance if I am simply asking questions about what is actually happening? Who brought up wind turbines? Oh right your assuming and stereo typing me as a typical environmentalist. Lets stick to the debate at hand and tackle some of these questions.

          • Charles Freilich

            Look, nothing in life is free of risk. You cannot ban every innovation that might be harmful in some minor or remotely possible way. You cannot prove the perfect safety of anything. Apart from some unknowable risks, every product has some immediate and meaningful advantages. This is why they are developed in the first place. So for the time being, the FDA will only ban products if their disadvantages outweigh the advantages, based on the best available knowledge. There will always be controversies, but at some point you have to make decisions and stick to them.

          • fakegramita

            All of this stuff is debatable, and that’s the main reason I don’t get much out of this article other than alarmist BS. For all our faults and areas where we get this kind of thing wrong, I’m glad we still live in a country where foods don’t just get outright banned (most of the time…) and instead people can take the responsibility to educate themselves and make their own decisions. Whether or not the nutritional info in the article is correct or up for debate, I don’t think i’ts a negative thing that we let people figure that out for themselves.

            And I know there are a lot of analogous situations where we aren’t given the choice, so I’m not trying to toot America’s horn as the land of ultimate freedoms- just saying I like the way things are in this case.

          • TJ789

            Some of the claims are fraudulent or misrepresented. One is free to their own opinion, but not facts. That makes this article bad. It is okay to debate the interpretation of data. But to make decisions based on gut feeling and pure conjecture is useless. To make up your own facts is worse than useless.

          • fakegramita

            I agree. My point when I say “All of this is debatable” all I mean is that I don’t really care (in the context of the alarmist point this article tries to make- “this food is banned in other countries so it must be bad!”) about whether a given food is bad or good. All of that stuff can be debated and hashed out as far as what are the actual facts are (and I agree with you there, when it’s me making a choice I want the facts not propaganda). What I’m glad about is that instead of just outright banning a food, we let people choose for themselves based on that process of educating themselves. Some people might make bad choices, either because they know the facts support a food being bad for you and don’t care, or because they did a poor job of educating themselves…either way that’s on them. I don’t want the government being the one to make that choice for me just because some people can’t do it for themselves.

          • TJ789

            Also lets point out that they do require a certain amount of knowledge to make their decision. If the available knowledge is inadequate, they require further testing until they feel, their is substantial evidence of the safety and benefits of the product. It’s actually quite time consuming and expensive to gain FDA approval.

          • TJ789

            I don’t think the presence of super weeds is any argument not to use round up. Health consequences – yes, super weeds – no. There is nothing special about these weeds other than that they are resistant to round up. If we stopped using round up the weeds would exist super or not. With round up some weeds eventually adapt and survive. Either way we have weeds. It just means that roundup cannot be used indefinitely. Eventually life adapts.

      • TJ789

        Two logical fallacies in your statement.
        #1. The FDA being wrong occasionally does not provide any evidence that it is wrong about farmed Salmon. One must look at the evidence. Nor does being wrong occasionally even mean that it is unreliable overall.

        #2. You state that the FDA approved GMO’s so its judgement cannot be trusted in its approval of Salmon. But that assumes GMOs are unsafe and you have not proved this premise. In fact, the scientific community is in disagreement with you and sees no credible evidence of GMO’s being dangerous.

        There is some evidence that Roundup is unsafe (though unlikely to cause much concern at the doses that are regularly consumed). Much of the negative health consequences that some attribute to GMOs are actually due to the Roundup herbicide that is put on produce genetically modified to be resistant to it, and not the genetic modification itself. Roundup ready produce, for example, have a single genetic change that introduces a form of an enzyme already present in the plants, but modified such that it cannot be poisoned by the herbicide. I can’t think of any mechanism as to why this would be unsafe nor is there any evidence of it being unsafe despite testing.

        • paul_23

          Well, TJ789, now you’re just confusing everything with facts and logic. You’re totally interfering with the mission- which of course is to scare the crap out of people so they’ll re-post this crap on facebook (where I found it) and they’ll get more traffic for this site, and they can sell more advertising.

        • Nickolas

          The FDA is wrong about Salmon not about the direct health of those eating it but the effect it has on current wild salmon populations. This is not limited to gmo salmon but farmed salmon in general. It is a fact that farmed salmon are spreading disease to the wild Salmon because they raise them in the salmon’s migratory path. This is a fact going on now that scientists and farmers have discovered. So lets look at the evidence? I say the FDA cannot be trusted because it is run by the companies who stand to gain from bio technology.

    • Matt Saracen

      Don’t bother trying to reason with these hysterical, scientifically-ignorant people. It’s an exercise in futility. This whole list is utter rubbish.

      • http://www.facebook.com/matt.hougen Matt Hougen

        It’s people like you that keep dragging America down. You are an embarrassment.

        • Anthony Flores

          Matt Hougen so far in all of your responses you have added nothing of substance to the conversations besides trash talking the peoples’ opinions that don’t align with yours. Belligerent name calling you are nothing more than a bully, you bring yourself down sir.

        • Edward Schlosser

          You’re a scientifically ignorant moron.

      • TJ789

        I’m not sure the whole list is rubbish. I can see reasons for reducing some of these chemicals from our diets if not simply because they are unnecessary and could have unknown consequences. But you are right that the reasons he gives for banning them is almost entirely junk science. It all comes from one quack Dr. Mercola who at times seems to oppose anything coming from main stream science (in other words anything based on carefully controlled experimental evidence and scientific peer review).

        • Nickolas

          quack Dr. Mercola is that supposed to be scientific? There are many doctors not including Dr. Mercola who have evidence that certain GMO’s are very bad for health. Doctors who do clinical studies in nutrition even though most doctors are not educated in nutrition let alone done any actual studies.

          • TJ789

            He is a quack because he pushes therapies for which there have been no peer reviewed papers showing any efficacy for, and he earns huge profits doing so. He makes false claims about the effectiveness of his products (something that he has gotten in legal trouble for). When his claims are not outright fraudulent, they are often based on conjecture or anecdotal evidence instead of carefully controlled clinical trials. It is okay for an expert through careful experimentation and well controlled clinical trials to provide evidence that challenges the scientific mainstream, but that is not the case here. Dr. Mercola pretends to be an expert in such diverse areas of medicine that quite frankly is impossible. Nor does he conduct and publish controlled clinical trials in peer reviewed journals.

            If none of that convinces you. He is well known for spreading information denying that HIV causes AIDS. (Just look it up and read it from his website). Someone with enough scientific background, like I have, can also go to pubmed and look at what the scientific literature actually says about the things that Dr. Mercola claims. As a scientist I think I can safely say that 99% of us (those that have heard of him) think that he is a quack.

            As a side note, not all clinicians make good scientists. That is not meant to be an insult to the profession, only that the two jobs require different (though partially overlapping) skill sets.

          • Nickolas

            did you not read what I said? There are many doctors other than Mercola! I do not like everything he says either, I do not support Mercola. lol

          • TJ789

            The only evidence I am aware of that GMOs are unsafe is that the roundup herbicide can be dangerous in high doses. Is that what you are referring to, or do you know of something else. Since it is the herbicide and not the actual genetic modification that makes it less safe, I think it’s pretty unfair to blame modern methodology for genetic modification (I say “modern” because selective breading can also lead to genetic alterations but is not considered GMO).

          • Edward Schlosser

            I am a toxicologist (look up the definition). Not a single GM food has ever been tied to any illness. They are as safe, and in some cases, safer than non-GM food.

          • Nickolas

            leaky gut

      • Edward Schlosser

        You are absolutely correct. I’m a toxicologist and it’s scientific ignorance that drives these fears.

  • Julie Tate

    I want my family to eat healthier however, we are struggling to buy the food we buy now. Groceries keep going up and up. Only the well to do have the luxury of eating organic, non gmo foods in the US. I do grow some food but have not had a good turn out this year. It makes me sick (literally) that there is such a vast difference in the price of the healthy vs. the poison. We simply do not have it to spend regardless of how good a value it is.

    • Matt Saracen

      Poison? What poison?

    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.hougen Matt Hougen

      If you are a sensible shopper and know what you are looking for, buying local and organic is often just as affordable, if not more so, than conventional options. You just have to work a little harder (shop farmers markets, Whole Foods private label, Trader Joe’s, and GROW YOUR OWN DAMN FOOD!!)

      • Christine Manske Lies

        Growing enough food to feed a family is hard work and not without expense. It is not fair to shout “grow your own damn food”. I grow a lot, I can’t grow enough and need the support of local farmer’s markets. But there are people out there working insane hours to pay the bills and gardening is just not an option. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are not always within a reasonable drive. I live in a Chicago suburb and still have to drive 30 minutes (traffic accounts for a portion of that) one way to either WF or TJ. I am a SAHM with a generous food budget and no worries about paying the bills or the cost of filling my gas tank and I would be hard pressed to follow your advice 100% of the time. Have some compassion for people who try.

      • Julie Tate

        I live out in the boonies. I mean it is several miles to he nearest town which is very small. To an actual small city is over an hour. Matt, I do grow MY OWN DAMN FOOD! You are rude!!! I found an almost free male goat and a cheap female. I have bred them and I am waiting for milk in a few months. I bought a few chickens and so far, we are getting 8 eggs a day. My gardens, unfortunately have failed. I am new to this area and I guess this climate and soil is just more of a challenge then I am used to. We are trying to become completely self sustaining with aquaponics, beekeeping, fruit trees, nut trees. We just do not enough money yet. So… if you can tell me how to GROW OUR OWN DAMN MONEY then, maybe we can afford to get set up to GROW only the healthy food mentioned on this sight. Sadly, in the meantime, we are forced to eat the swill we can buy at Aldi and such. My point was not to whine but to point out that we need to make it unprofitable for the poison pushers and support the natural growers. At least, those with the means to do it should. I agree with Christine.

      • Tina Shontz

        I would love to grow my own food, but not all of us live in rural America, or even the suburbs. Pretty sure my condo association isn’t going to let me dig up the “common area” lawn to plant tomatoes (although I personally think that’s a spectacular idea).

    • TJ789

      Julie,
      First off, most of the health effects of non-organic and GMO food is exaggerated so you don’t need to be fearful. Growing your own food is healthier and a great start (saves money too). If money is tight you can prioritize your shopping. Having a diet with a high variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is most important. If buying organic causes you to have a less varied diet or rely on more processed foods (because of the costs), than you aren’t doing yourself any favors. You may have to choose what to buy organic. Your biggest concern is pesticides, not GMOs. The amount of contamination is dependent on both how much pesticides are needed for that produce and how easy it is to wash off. Berries need a lot of pesticides and their soft skin makes it near impossible to wash it all off. Therefore I would start buying organic with berries. Grapefruit is more easily washed and the skin is removed so it’s much less likely to have residual pesticide, so that I would just buy non-organic. You can find lists of which foods are more likely to be contaminated on the internet.

      • Julie Tate

        Well thought out response. Thank you. I do think that the long lasting effects of GMOs are unclear and highly suspect but we also have to eat something. So, I like the fact that you are taking a level headed approach. That is something that is not all that common anymore.

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  • Matt Saracen

    Farmed salmon banned in NZ? The ONLY sort of salmon you can get in NZ is farmed salmon. This list is littered with disinformation.

    • Alex

      They use big words so the general public will THINK it’s bad. It is like walking up to someone and asking them to sign a petition to ban Dihydrogen Monoxide because it is killing people every day and is a chemical we use and drink in our every day life! They will buy it because it sounds scary. People won’t even take the time to double check the facts.

      • Matt Saracen

        Alex, it’s good to see a rare voice of reason on these forums. Cheers.

      • http://baghdadbythebaysf.com Eric Kauschen

        Why Dihydrogen Monoxide is found in paint and jet fuel! Would you want to put that in your body?!?!?!?

    • TJ789

      It is littered with disinformation. Most of the science on here is fraudulent and comes from the known quack Dr. Mercola. However, the article doesn’t say New Zealand doesn’t farm salmon, only that it doesn’t important farmed Salmon from the US. However I can’t find anything on the internet about US imports of farmed salmon being banned in NZ, but I confess I haven’t looked hard. They used to ban imports of raw fish for other reasons not related to the concerns in this article.

      • Anonymous Coward

        nice astroturf

        tj789 is an industry shill, shut the fuck up

        • TJ789

          rude, ignorant, and a self identified coward. I think you are just trolling

          on the off chance you aren’t a troll, you could simply direct me to a reputable (i.e. publications in peer reviewed scientific journals) source that confirms the claims made here.

    • Elizabeth Cowling-Jones

      I think it is Farmed US salmon that is banned, In NZ and europe we have Fish farms, but we have laws over the chemicals that can be used in the water. As the water is flowing and will be released into the rivers at some point. Also in europe fertilsers are now controled, as the dangerous stuff will find its way into the water supply.

      • Troy Wilson

        It is the same way here in the US too, Elizabeth. I live in Washington State and near several farms. They just so happen to be the waters of the Puget Sound, which is fed from the Pacific Ocean. The farm nets are large enough to allow Salmons’ natural diet to flow though. Smaller fish like Herring, Zooplankton and Phytoplankton.

        If you get salmon with light pink and/or gray meat, it was caught in a river NOT the ocean. It is due to the salt to fresh water conversion and bruising from swimming upstream, generally shallow waters..

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  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.hougen Matt Hougen

    The repurcussions of a horribly-regulated US food industry. THIS is why we need strong government regulations.

    • Daniel Carlson

      No we don’t need strong government regulations! Quit being so willing to give a few all the power over your life! What we need is better-informed people. How do we get that? Certainly not by “strong government regulations”, but by education, and the sharing of information.

      We as Americans should have the freedom to poison our bodies with whatever drug we want (I find it absolutely amazing that there are people who want LESS regulation over things like weed, meth, alcohol, LSD, etc, but at the same time want MORE regulation regarding our food) without some bureaucrat telling us what to do. If I want to poison myself, that’s my problem, not the governments, and not the tax payers. At the same time, since it is wrong for me to harm by body, we need, from day one, to be taught right from wrong by our parents and schools. This doesn’t come from regulation, but from common sense, and from a desire to serve the neighbor and better ones self.

      What’s lacking in this nation isn’t “more government regulation”, but it’s good people with common sense, a desire to help (instead of take for themselves), and a desire to learn and grow wiser and smarter. The more “government regulation” there is, the less apt the citizens are to actually try (because the government either won’t let them, or because they are getting so many hand outs and regulations that they become lazy).

  • Natasha Chassagne

    It’s not true that farmed salmon is banned in Australia. Most of Australia’s salmon is from Tasmania, which is farmed salmon http://www.tasmaniansalmon.com.au/consumer/about/industry.html

    • Michael Williams

      I believe the farmed they are referring to is American farmed Salmon, not that their own farmed is.

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  • Want a conversation

    I don’t usually get my nutritional guidance from Facebook; because of the disinformation found in articles such as this.

  • lbr

    List like this need to provide sources for their claims if they want to be at all believable. And they won’t find a source backing up the claim in the following the Ractopamine-Tainted Meat section:

    Where it’s banned: 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and Republic of China (Taiwan)

    because there are not 157 countries in Europe.

    • Kali

      This whole list is full of errors and hysteria.

    • TJ789

      I think it was just a poorly worded sentence meaning 160 countries total, including many across Europe, etc. And it does list one source. Dr. Mercola , which means its not credible at all (actually its just a re-posting of his article).

  • Judy Smith Deaver

    Here is how they regulate small entrepreneurs Devon……How do you pay employees the wages it takes to live on in this economy, how do you provide insurance for those employees with the cost of insurance out of site, how do you ship with the regulations being tightened around independent trucking, how do you afford the skyrocketing price of electricity and gas to run a small business. Some of these small farms may work until one or two things go wrong and then they are shut down instantly. We used to protect our own NOW we protect big business form other countries…do not assume we Americans are blind to what is going on. When there are hands around our throats we actually know it. And finally if our Government would quit bringing in so much outside produce the farmers in the US would be needed and valued. The horrible stuff above has nothing to do with the true American farmer!

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  • Barrett Allen

    Where are the studies referenced that prove all of this? I’m not arguing one way or another but I would like to see some scientific evidence backing these claims..

    • Kali
      • paul_23

        THANK YOU! For the link. Great stuff.

    • TJ789

      It’s from Dr. Mercola, so you can be assured it contradicts mainstream science at every turn. I think the guy might be a little crazy. Whatever mainstream science believes, he believes the opposite. Does HIV cause AIDS? Mainstream science thinks it does, so Dr. Mercola doubts it. Are vaccines safe? Mainstream science thinks they are, so Dr. Mercola doubts it. Does Dr. Mercola’s alternative therapies cure the diseases he claims they do? Mainstream science does not think so. And what does mainstream science think about his claims here? That it’s BS.

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  • LoveNY2

    I think most of the people leaving comments are people in the industry that is being mentioned in this article. How can you ignore the fact that children are being born in the US with more health issues than in the past. As far as those people posting comments that are opposed to this article, “You are what you eat” and ignorant you surely are…

    • Jro

      Agreed.. They’re trying to confuse people and furthermore cause people to second guess the validity of this information and gmos themselves.

      • geekfilter

        The problem is some of the information presented in the article, no matter how well intentioned, isn’t valid. For example Australia doesn’t ban farm raised salmon, on the contrary, the majority of their salmon comes from fisheries in Tasmania. Farm raised seafood is one of their fastest growing industries and produces nearly 35% of all of their seafood (shrimp, oysters, blue fin tuna, etc). They may have better methods than the United States, but the practice is not banned. When things like this are incorrect, where 5 min and a few simple Google searches easily correct the error, it calls into question the validity of the rest of the article. This has nothing do with one side vs. the other, it’s a simple matter of clear cut facts from a variety of sources.

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  • Steven Elfant

    This article claims that there are 160 countries in Europe. There are 50. I wonder what else it got wrong….

    Also, the author mentions a chemical “Bromide.” Does not exist. There is Bromine, but it is in most foods, other than organic.

    Olestra, Olean – is no longer used in USA. Its no longer FDA approved.

    And so on….and so forth. I’d question the validity of this article.

    • geekfilter

      Actually Olestra and Olean is still used in the US. Pringles Light among other chips have it: http://www.pringles.com/products/lightfatfree (see ingredients in either flavor) I believe Lays potato chips has it as well.

  • Alan Werner

    All in moderation. Sleeping, pissing, defecating all rids the body of these toxins. Bon Apetite.

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  • scooterj2003

    Ractopamine hasn’t been banned in 160 countries, it has been banned in EU, Russia and China and is now legal for beef in Taiwan. The US limits the amount of the additive so that it is not harmful. In Taiwan the pig farmers have lobbied against legalizing its use which would enable more pork imported from the U.S., probably because they are afraid that more pork on the market will drive down its value.

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  • Randall N’ Julie Shanks

    I have no doubt that there are lots of foods our country bans for health reasons that these other countries allow. It is not like we are backward, it is just that each country bans different things.

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  • Erik Gustafson

    The person who wrote this article made a few good points, but we can clearly see that they failed chemistry. for example, bromate & bromide are nowhere near the same reactivity. It’s like saying “both bleach & salt contain chlorine, so if you eat salt it’s like your drinking bleach.” This person should consider banning carbon from their diet, because carbon monoxide kills and carbon dioxide causes global warming.

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    Obama signed a law prohibiting lawsuits from foreign countries against Monsanto

  • Manimal Cracker

    The reason they are using drugs to make meats “leaner” is because the stupid public fell for the stupid idea that animal fats are bad to consume.Part of the problem here is that the American public has been lead around by the nose by very bad medical information. People should stop blaming others, or they should accept some of the blame themselves for falling for all the the misguided health information we have had over the past 50 years.

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