| First commercial perfluorochemicals found in human blood|
Environmental Science & Technology - 4/29/2009.by Rebecca Renner. For the first time, a group of perfluorochemicals used on food wrappers has been identified in human blood at low part-per-billion concentrations. The chemicals, known as polyfluoroalkyl phosphoric acid diesters (diPAPs), also were found at concentrations about 100 times higher in sewage sludge. These findings, published in ES&T (DOI 10.1021/es900100d) by chemistry graduate student Jessica D’eon at the University of Toronto and colleagues, provide new clues about people’s exposure to perfluorochemicals but further complicate investigations into the fate and transport of these compounds, say academic scientists.
|Swine flu crisis lays bare the meat industry’s monstrous power|
Common Dreams - 4/28/2009.By Mike Davis – The Mexican swine flu, a genetic chimera probably conceived in the faecal mire of an industrial pigsty, suddenly threatens to give the whole world a fever. The initial outbreaks across North America reveal an infection already travelling at higher velocity than did the last official pandemic strain, the 1968 Hong Kong flu.
|Symptom: swine flu. Diagnosis: industrial agriculture?|
Grist - 4/28/2009.By Tom Phillpott – Several days after news broke of a possible link between Mexico-based hog CAFOs and the rapid spread of a novel swine-flu strain, what have we learned? Clarifying details about respiratory ailments in the Perote area of Vera Cruz State – where U.S. pork behemoth Smithfield Foods raises nearly a million hogs a year in large confinement buildings, under a subsidiary called Granjas Carroll – have emerged.
|EPA’s new pesticide testing is outdated, crude|
Organic Consumers - 4/28/2009.By Theo Colborn, Environmental Health News – The Environmental Protection Agency is ready to start testing 67 pesticide ingredients for their possible endocrine disruption effects. But the testing program the agency plans to use is only a pitiful skeleton of what it needs to be.